Wildfire C to take role as HTC's 2012 budget phone

Wildfire C to take role as HTC's 2012 budget phoneAh well, HTC's "less is more" policy didn't last long, did it? We met the HTC One X, One S and One V at Mobile World Congress, and just this morning we scribbled about three new China-bound HTC Desires.

Remember a few weeks back we alluded to a new HTC budget handset codenamed the Golf? Well, looks like it's pretty much official if you go by some leaked renders obtained by PocketNow. Oh, and it's called the HTC Wildfire C.

In terms of where it stands in the pecking order, the HTC Wildfire C is right down there - below the HTC One V even. If you're looking to get one, you'll have to wait until the end of June but the specs are hardly worth waiting for.

We're talking a processor likely to come in at 600 MHz (or, at the very most, 800 Mhz), a 3.5-inch touchscreen with 480x320 resolution, 512 MB of RAM, 4GB storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Ironically, the Wildfire C appears to also have a MicroSD slot for expanding your memory. We say ironic because this particular author reviewed the One S recently for another site and was dismayed to find such a top-end handset virtually crippled with a paltry 16GB memory and no option to expand.

What's also nice is that the HTC Wildfire C will apparently ship with Beats Audio. Yes, we know that HTC owns a 51% stake in the technology now and is pushing it like crazy but we just hadn't expected it to make the basic handsets too.

Don't bank on getting Beats Audio headphones in the box though, as HTC has pulled the plug (so to speak) on this practice due to costs.

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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 16, 2012 at 19:19

HTC's 2012 Phones after less than 4 months:

HTC One X
HTC One XL
HTC One S
HTC One V
HTC Desire for China 1
HTC Desire for China 2
HTC Desire for China 3
HTC Golf
HTC EVO 4G LTE (Sprint USA)
HTC Incredible 4G (Verizon USA)

Ten in less than four months, that's more than one every two weeks, so much for more is less, HTC.

SpeedyG  Apr. 16, 2012 at 19:22

To be fair, we'll only have seen 5 of those across here. :p

They clearly want to cover all the markets in different countries this year.

Samsung would have 20 galaxies by now... :D

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 16, 2012 at 19:25

HTC should have told the carriers where to shove their crappy alterations and just kept the One X, One S and One V. Oh, and possibly called the Golf the One C and added that to the range as the One V is still a £200+ device.

The One X should have had an S4 internationally and that would have got rid of the need for a One XL and China should just have the same range of phones that the west are getting.

Jim988  Apr. 16, 2012 at 23:44

HTC should have told the carriers where to shove their crappy alterations and just kept the One X, One S and One V. Oh, and possibly called the Golf the One C and added that to the range as the One V is still a £200+ device.

The One X should have had an S4 internationally and that would have got rid of the need for a One XL and China should just have the same range of phones that the west are getting.


There wouldn't much point using an SoC which has LTE support in countries that don't have LTE, waste of money to HTC and would probably impact battery life.

Im assuming they went with tegra 3 because NVIDIA can supply demand well, possibly cost reasons and its always better to have deals with two SoC's manufacturers than one incase either can't keep up with demand.

Saying all this, i bought a one x and would rather have the MSM8260A Snapdragon S4 (no lte built in), as tegra 3 seems to heat up like crazy when playing games due to its 40nm process.

As for the wildfire C..i can't say im surprised.

lm85  Apr. 17, 2012 at 00:42

HTC's 2012 Phones after less than 4 months:

HTC One X
HTC One XL
HTC One S
HTC One V
HTC Desire for China 1
HTC Desire for China 2
HTC Desire for China 3
HTC Golf
HTC EVO 4G LTE (Sprint USA)
HTC Incredible 4G (Verizon USA)

Ten in less than four months, that's more than one every two weeks, so much for more is less, HTC.

also to be fair, 3 of those phones are..the same phone
one x, xl and evo 4g lte are all the same phone basically

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 08:02

HTC's 2012 Phones after less than 4 months:

HTC One X
HTC One XL
HTC One S
HTC One V
HTC Desire for China 1
HTC Desire for China 2
HTC Desire for China 3
HTC Golf
HTC EVO 4G LTE (Sprint USA)
HTC Incredible 4G (Verizon USA)

Ten in less than four months, that's more than one every two weeks, so much for more is less, HTC.

also to be fair, 3 of those phones are..the same phone
one x, xl and evo 4g lte are all the same phone basically

My point entirely, HTC should have told the carriers where to shove it with their stupid individual adjustments to the original, international design.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 08:03

HTC should have told the carriers where to shove their crappy alterations and just kept the One X, One S and One V. Oh, and possibly called the Golf the One C and added that to the range as the One V is still a £200+ device.

The One X should have had an S4 internationally and that would have got rid of the need for a One XL and China should just have the same range of phones that the west are getting.


There wouldn't much point using an SoC which has LTE support in countries that don't have LTE, waste of money to HTC and would probably impact battery life.

Im assuming they went with tegra 3 because NVIDIA can supply demand well, possibly cost reasons and its always better to have deals with two SoC's manufacturers than one incase either can't keep up with demand.

Saying all this, i bought a one x and would rather have the MSM8260A Snapdragon S4 (no lte built in), as tegra 3 seems to heat up like crazy when playing games due to its 40nm process.

As for the wildfire C..i can't say im surprised.

The HTC One S uses an S4 processor internationally, why can't the One X?

krogothnx  Apr. 17, 2012 at 12:47

HTC should have told the carriers where to shove their crappy alterations and just kept the One X, One S and One V. Oh, and possibly called the Golf the One C and added that to the range as the One V is still a £200+ device.

The One X should have had an S4 internationally and that would have got rid of the need for a One XL and China should just have the same range of phones that the west are getting.


There wouldn't much point using an SoC which has LTE support in countries that don't have LTE, waste of money to HTC and would probably impact battery life.

Im assuming they went with tegra 3 because NVIDIA can supply demand well, possibly cost reasons and its always better to have deals with two SoC's manufacturers than one incase either can't keep up with demand.

Saying all this, i bought a one x and would rather have the MSM8260A Snapdragon S4 (no lte built in), as tegra 3 seems to heat up like crazy when playing games due to its 40nm process.

As for the wildfire C..i can't say im surprised.

The HTC One S uses an S4 processor internationally, why can't the One X?


Probably because then there'd be so little to differentiate it from the One S, it might as well then be called the One S HD

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 15:48

HTC should have told the carriers where to shove their crappy alterations and just kept the One X, One S and One V. Oh, and possibly called the Golf the One C and added that to the range as the One V is still a £200+ device.

The One X should have had an S4 internationally and that would have got rid of the need for a One XL and China should just have the same range of phones that the west are getting.


There wouldn't much point using an SoC which has LTE support in countries that don't have LTE, waste of money to HTC and would probably impact battery life.

Im assuming they went with tegra 3 because NVIDIA can supply demand well, possibly cost reasons and its always better to have deals with two SoC's manufacturers than one incase either can't keep up with demand.

Saying all this, i bought a one x and would rather have the MSM8260A Snapdragon S4 (no lte built in), as tegra 3 seems to heat up like crazy when playing games due to its 40nm process.

As for the wildfire C..i can't say im surprised.

The HTC One S uses an S4 processor internationally, why can't the One X?


Probably because then there'd be so little to differentiate it from the One S, it might as well then be called the One S HD

Well the One XL has an S4 processor, so is that the One SL HD then :p?

Jim988  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:31

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