Specs summary


The HTC Rhyme's screen is 3.7 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1600 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17 days standby time, 440 minutes (2G).

Fashion-conscious consumers will find more than one reason to pick up the Rhyme.

- Sherri L. Smith , Laptop Magazine 

For those looking for an off-the-beaten-path Android experience, it has the right charms to make it an appealing phone (even if it is purple)

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

Based on 21 reviews

HTC seems to be one of the few companies that tries to understand the importance of being able to cater to the female demographic. The HTC Rhyme, with its unique purple casing and pre-packaged premium accessories, is is one such attempt. So it may have the looks, but does it have the features to match it?

Apart from the fact that it each unit comes with premium accessories included in the box, the Rhyme is very much like many other Android smartphones that came before it. It comes with a somewhat large 3.7-inch 480x800 pixel resolution touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, and 4GB of internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the default operating system with a not-so-powerful combination of a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, but it gets the job done. And the limited amount of internal storage space can be expanded further with the use of microSD cards.

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It works with CDMA networks in the US and supports EV-DO Rev. A data, which makes it quite useful for surfing the Internet on the go. Given that it runs Android and accepts compatible third-party software, this should be quite enjoyable.

Now based on what you’ve read about this phone so far, you might think that it’s really not that different from other smartphones after all. The truth is, it does have many similarities with other models in terms of overall features, but it comes with the superior build quality that’s normally associated with the HTC brand, and looks markedly more elegant than other products in its price range. So if you’re one to appreciate good looks but don’t want to skimp on features altogether, this phone should have you covered.

Need To Know: HTC Rhyme

1. Built-in touchscreen display offers good resolution-to-size ratio. (The Good)

2. Premium accessories are included with the sale of each unit. (The Good)

3. As a result of the compact design, the battery is non-removable. (The Bad)

4. Internal storage space is very limited at 4GB and almost mandates the use of an external storage card. (The Bad)

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


Responsive, DLNA, cute and smart

from Coolsmartphone

Firstly I would like to say well done to HTC for realising there is a gap in the market for a phone designed with women in mind. Also they deserve credit for including the premium accessories in the box. This is something that they are actually doing more of with the introduction of the beats branded phones. However this master stroke will potentially prove to be a double edged sword as it has limited sales to half the market and also there is no demand for accessories to be made as they are all included. I think the charm is a bit of a gimmick and I cannot expect to see it being used agai... Full review


Its specs are nothing out of the ordinary

from TechTree
The Rhyme has great build quality, beautiful customization, great earphones, and an interesting accessory. However, its specs are nothing out of the ordinary. A single-core CPU is quite common for Android phones these days, and a 5 MP camera is also nothing to write home about. The Wi-Fi reception issue only damages its cause further. All in all, this phone isn't a great deal... Full review
What Mobile

Elegant phone, non-removable battery, superior build quality

from What Mobile
HTC knows how to do smartphones-as-boys’-toys, but rarely does it try the same for women. But before you plump for the Rhyme, ask yourself these questions and observe the answers before you buy. Do you need more power? HTC Sensation. More style? HTC Desire S. Less money? HTC Wildfire S... Full review
The Inquirer

Smooth performance, poor front camera, average battery life

from The Inquirer

The Rhyme is a medium sized and weighted handset. It's 61x119mm, which we found fits very nicely in the palm of the hand - a tiny bit larger than the Iphone 4S for reference. You can easily reach every corner of the screen with your thumb without stretching. The phone isn't the lightest around, but at 130g it's hardly going to strain your wrist. The Rhyme is a reasonable 10.9mm thick.

Regardless of the numbers, we found the performance of the Rhyme to be very impressive. Swiping between home screens was slick and lightning fast, while opening apps didn't prove to be a problem for the... Full review


Slim and light, build is excellent, screen is bright and crisp,

from tech2

HTC has tagged the Rhyme with an MRP of Rs.29,999, but you can find it in shops for Rs.27,500 or maybe even a bit less online. The problem is that, it’s arrived to the party a bit late, since there are more powerful phones priced above and below it, forcing one to think twice before buying it. Your other choices are the Xperia Arc S, which sits at 29K, the Xperia Pro which is 26K and HTC’s own Incredible S, which is cheaper at 25K. All these phones are superior in terms of screen size (except for the Xperia Pro) and bigger 8MP cameras and they are available in colours that would appeal... Full review


Ladies would love the accessories and the phone's looks

from GSMArena

HTC don't like to call it a smartphone, let alone mention Android anywhere in the conversation. However women are clearly the HTC Rhyme's demographic whether HTC admits it or not. Rich in features and generously accessorized, on top of being quite attractive, it will easily connect with its target audience.

It doesn't look like a particularly hard one to make either. Decisively similar to the Desire S, the only actual difference being the updated Sense UI, the Rhyme is still keen on offering robust user experience and good performance.

It's the paintjobs and the set of... Full review


The overall user experience was pretty pleasant

from Geek
HTC would do well to release a series of phones like the Rhyme. I don’t mean more phones for women, but rather a batch of phones that are not superphones but that come with great accessories. There are plenty of users out there who would rather avoid Verizon’s $299 superphone fee, but still want a decent device. The added incentive of the goodies would sway most users away from other platforms pretty quickly, especially considering how nice the charging speaker dock is... Full review

Strong, unibody design, very sleek design, very quick to snap pictures

from Coolsmartphone

What struck me about the Rhyme was the build quality and just how useful the docking station was. I wanted one of these docking stations for my existing Android smartphone. Plonking the phone onto the cradle / docking station in the office or at home – it just felt natural. The phone starts to charge, it switches to landscape mode and you can listen to music from the in-built speakers. The viewing angle was perfect, and as an interface it was beautiful. I could imagine future models perhaps sync’ing with you computer and downloading your days travel and other items without you even thin... Full review


The HTC Rhyme is a good all-rounder, not falling into the trap of becoming a female-only phone

from Pocket-lint
Overall there isn't much to dislike about HTC Rhyme: it's a solid performer, and despite the aim of cutting down on some of the geekery of HTC Sense, you'll still find it is fully-functional. Sure, there are places where we think it is a little over-engineered, but you certainly get a lot in the HTC Rhyme package... Full review

Great software, average hardware

from Gizmodo

Like all of HTC’s other phones, build quality is excellent and reminds us a little of the old Desire S. Its rubberised and aluminium unibody form factor looks like it’ll survive a fall, but if you’re used to a larger phone like the Sensation, it’ll feel a little light at 130g. The screen is a little small for my liking, coming off the 4.3-inch EVO 3D, but iPhone users will have no trouble appreciating the Rhyme’s sharp S-LCD 3.7-inch screen. The only downside is the lack of Gorilla Glass, which is a disappointing omission considering we’re supposed to thr... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date September 29, 2011
Regions available USA
800/1900 MHz
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
RAM 768 MB
ROM Unknown
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.552 W/kg
Body: 1.26 W/kg
Languages Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1600 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
440 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 cm
(4.7 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Multi-touch input method
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, White balance
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Android Market, Endomondo, Youtube)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Bliss

2 GB microSD card included
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