The subject of several leaks already, HTC has now made the Desire C official, and as expected it looks set to replace the Wildfire S at the lower end of the manufacturer’s Android range.
Its announcement also confirms that for now, the Wildfire name has been consigned to the HTC history books, with the Desire C taking on a name which has previously been used on far more powerful Android hardware.
Rather than repeat all the specs of the Wildfire and only update the software, HTC has made the Desire C that bit more, um, desirable by enlarging the screen. While the Wildfire made do with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Desire C owners will get a 3.5-inch screen to play with, but unfortunately the resolution remains the same at 320 x 480 pixels.
As seen in the last leaked photo, the Desire C retains much of the Wildfire S’s looks, as well as its 5 megapixel camera mounted centrally on the rear panel. Inside is a 600MHz Snapdragon S1 processor supported by 512MB of RAM, plus HTC has included an NFC chip and Beats Audio technology too.
Other features include 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1230mAh battery and a microSD card slot.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich will come as standard on the Desire C, but will be obscured by HTC Sense 4.0, which has recently been seen on HTC’s new One series handsets. As with those phones, owners will be able to sign-up for a free, 25GB Dropbox account to keep all their photos, videos and documents in the cloud.
The Desire C will be released in June in either black or red, with a non-NFC white version available too. Pay as you go pricing is expected to be around £170, or free on selected two-year contracts.
HTC has released the below video to introduce the Desire C.