May 17, 2010 | by Andy Boxall
Apparently accidentally outed during a press conference given by HTC in Germany, the Taiwanese company hastily followed it up with their official announcement of the Wildfire, their latest Android phone.
Their press release makes it clear that the Wildfire will be aimed at younger buyers, and places considerable emphasis on the social networking aspect of Android and the phone itself. HTC Sense is pre-installed over Android v2.1 and comes complete with Friend Stream, Footprints, Twitter and Facebook integration; plus HTC are introducing App Sharing, where you can send your friends a link via SMS, email or a social network that takes them directly to an app inside the Android Market.
Here are some key hardware details concerning the Wildfire:
- Qualcomm 528MHz processor.
- 512MB Flash and 384MB ROM.
- 3G with HSDPA.
- Assisted GPS and a digital compass.
- 3.2″ QVGA touchscreen.
The design is reminiscent of the Desire, with a similar shape and the return of the optical trackpad sitting neatly under the screen. Around the back of the handset is the lens for a 5 megapixel camera complete with an LED flash, plus elsewhere you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone port and a microSD card slot to expand the stock memory.
Otherwise, the package is relatively familiar stuff. There is a 1300mAh battery suposedly good for 480 hours standby and 490 minutes talktime, an FM radio, v2.1 Bluetooth and a heady array of sensors including proximity, G and light.
The Wildfire is expected to launch in June this year in Europe, where according to theunwired, it will wear a price tag of around £240 before subsidies, making it a reasonably priced little smartphone.