HTC announces low-end Desire C with ICS
Heading to Europe this month
Published: 15 May, 2012
There's more budget Ice Cream Sandwich news this week as HTC has announced its low-end Desire C which will run the latest version of Android. While it might be lacking in the specs department it's set to be one of the first of a growing number of devices to offer ICS running on minimal hardware. The news comes not long after the handset was spotted in a brochure for Vodafone in Portugal where its modest specs were revealed for all to see.
What's been confirmed so far is that it will feature a 600MHz processor backed up by 512MB of RAM beneath a 3.5" display with a 320x480 resolution. In addition to this it's going to come with 4GB of built-in storage and a 5mp rear-facing camera as well a front-facing 1.3mp one. It's star feature however is the fact Android 4.0 is pre-installed though performance could be an issue with the underpowered processor. It's not only going to deliver ICS on a budget but Beats Audio integration as well for quality audio fans.
T-Mobile is already confirmed to be carrying the device in the UK where it's set to offer the device for £169.99 on pay-as-you-go or free for £15.50 on a 24 month contract. The carrier has yet to reveal a release date but it's said to be arriving early in June. A European roll-out is planned for the end of this month.
At the moment Android 4.0 is a privilege only granted to devices higher-up on the smartphone scale though it looks like this is about to change. This week has already seen details leak of the Sony Xperia Tapioca which is similarly spec'd to the HTC device and should go on sale for around the same price. Currently it's not official and there's no word on when it's going to be released.