HTC Wildfire, the much-awaited mid-range Android smartphone from Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC, will be available in India starting August 2010. It is bundled with a Reliance connection and costs about Rs 16,500.
Reliance Communications GSM subscribers will get 500 MB of free web data usage for a period of six months, when they upgrade to the HTC Wildfire.
Smartphones are increasingly getting popular with the always-connected generation in India, and Android mobile OS from Google is poised to take the lead in the market. Samsung recently launched its Galaxy S Android smartphone in India, and even Chinese manufacturers like Huawei are planning to launch Android smartphones in India.
Since it runs on Google’s mobile operating system Android, the HTC Wildfire is likely to be great to surf the web on. Android is an open source operating system – this means that the source code is available freely and software developers the world over can independently create applications to work on it. As a result of this, more than 70,000 web applications have been developed to work on Android-based phones and these are available from the Android Market website to HTC Wildfire users as well. Related: Android phones in India (One-stop guide)
The phone supports quad-band GSM and dual band 3G. It supports WiFi and Bluetooth, and full-scale web browsing is possible using the HTC Wildfire. Also, the Wildfire has a social networking application Friend Stream, and supports commonly used apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Orkut and Flickr, as well as the usual web mail clients. Needless to say, the HTC Wildfire can be used for messaging, browsing the net, and has a caller ID.
The HTC Wildfire runs on Android 2.1. It has a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor, 384 MB ROM and 512 MB RAM. The phone’s memory can be increased using its micro SD slot. However, this phone is said to be slow in performing some functions. It should be possible to upgrade the Wildfire to Android 2.2. 528 MHz clock speed is a bit slow, but still, for the low price, the phone seems like a good buy.
The HTC Wildfire has the company’s proprietary HTC Sense user interface, and an optical joystick. It further has a 3.2 inch QVGA capacitive touch screen, a proximity sensor, light sensor for adaptive display, and a 5 megapixel camera with focus and LED flash.
HTC Sense’s caller ID can display the caller’s latest status message (from Facebook, we guess) as well as their birthday.
Other features include GPS, a 3.5 mm audio jack and FM Radio.The HTC Wildfire has a 1300 mAh battery, with a standby time of 480 hours and talking time of 7 hours.
The Wildfire is an affordable smartphone at about Rs 16,000. The company is likely to launch its more powerful Android smartphones too in India by the end of 2010.