Another HTC phone will soon land in the Philippines subsequent to the launch of HTC One X and HTC One S in the name of HTC Desire C. And this time, it will show off how can a 600MHz device handle Ice Cream Sandwich—that’s a cool move HTC! We all know that a lot of handsets released last year will not received ICS (an official one I mean) from their beloved manufacturers because of—well, the newer devices?
[important]UPDATE as of June 29, 2012: HTC Desire C is now available in the Philippines with a price of Php10,990. Check it here.[/important]
In the Android world, it really has become a trend that when a new android version update is available, another fresh gadget will come and then a large part of earlier phones will be left trapped on the older version.
Although called within the family of Desire, the HTC Desire C does seem to look more like it should belong to the One family in terms of design. On the other hand, it can also remind you of the HTC Explorer in a few viewing angles. As usual, the handset will ship with Beats Audio integrated in just like its predecessors.
HTC Desire Features
As we all know, HTC devices cost a little higher than other brands with similar specs. But, this time it carries holds a significant edge among others which is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC Desire C will flaunt a 3.5-inch screen display, a potent Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 chip powered at 600MHz, a 4GB internal storage (with a 25GB cloud storage from Dropbox for 2 whole years) and microSD slot for further phone memory expansion. It also has 5MP camera in the company of F/2.8 plus 34mm focal length. In terms of connectivity, it has 3G and HSDPA 7.2MBps connection, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth v4.0. A NTC capable version of HTC Desire C will also be released in several countries. Here’s the official sneak peek at the device.
HTC Desire C Specifications
- 3.5-inch Capacitive Screen Display with 320×480 pixel resolution, 16M colors
- Android 4.0 Ice CreamSandwich
- HTC Sense UI v4.0
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 600MHz processor
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB built-in storage (expandable via microSD)
- 5MP auto focus camera at 2592×1944 pixels
- 3G, HSDPA 7.2MBps
- Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB v2.0
- Wi-Fi,Wi-FI hotspot
- Li-Ion 1230 battery
- Colors: Stealth Black, Flamenco Red, and Polar White
As for the price, no official word yet from HTC Philippines but some rumors say that it is in the 200 Euros range (approximately P11,000 price tag). I’m pretty sure that other manufacturers will soon follow this trend so let’s expect a bunch of ICS powered handsets for 2012. But if you’re in a tight budget and you want to experience ICS, you can look for phones with lots of developers like LG Optimus One or Samsung Galaxy Mini (there are also many others phones), and install Cyanogenmod 9 instead.