New budget phone from HTC coming to Three, Orange and T-Mobile UK

After a series of leaks, it looks like the HTC Desire C is finally official. The new entry-level device from HTC has been announced today, and in the UK it looks like it'll be heading to all five major networks, as well as Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse. The Desire C looks like an upgraded version of last year's Wildfire S -- it's got a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 5MP camera, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, Beats Audio software enhancements and NFC capabilities. There's no official word on what's powering the Desire C, but pre-release reports point to a 600MHz Snapdragon processor.

T-Mobile will offer the Desire C for free on 2-year contracts from £15.50 per month, and it'll also sell the phone on Pay As You Go for £169.99. Orange UK will offer the same PAYG price, but a slightly higher monthly fee of £20.50 if you're after a free Desire C on contract. Other networks have yet to announce pricing details.

The release of the Desire C is slated for sometime in June, and in the UK it'll be available in black and white, while international markets will also get a red version.

The official trailer from HTC is embedded above, and we've got Three's video preview after the break, along with today's press release. We'll keep you updated as further info emerges.

via: Three UK, Clove, HTC, Orange

 

 
 
HTC LAUNCHES Desire C, ITS LATEST smartphone WITH BEATS AUDIO
 
New HTC Desire C – brilliant, entertaining and well connected
 
LONDON, UK — 15 May 2012 — Following on from the successful launch of the HTC One series, HTC, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled its latest phone, the HTC Desire C. Featuring Beats Audio™ technology, this premium designed, yet affordable smartphone, allows you to hear your music just as the artist intended. The HTC Desire C also enables you to easily manage your professional and personal lives and share the moments that shape them.
 
Available in red, white and black, and coming with HTC Sense 4.0 integrated with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the HTC Desire C is great as a first smartphone or for those upgrading from an existing one. Packing a powerful battery and offering access to thousands of apps, games, music and movies – available through Google Play – you will always be connected and entertained whether at work, home or on the move.
 
“Listening to music is one of the most popular things people use their phones for, so it’s more important than ever that we deliver the power and emotion artists capture in the studio,” said Jason Mackenzie, President, Global Sales and Marketing for HTC Corporation. “The HTC Desire C offers customers excellent design, easy access to content and fast connectivity – making it the perfect all round device.”
 
Authentic sound without compromise
 
The HTC Desire C features a powerful, yet rich studio-quality sound experience that is enabled through the combination of optimized Beats Audio and amazing hardware. This integration enables a rich, clear audio experience to customers no matter if they’re listening to music or playing a game.
 
Premium design taken to a new level
 
Combining a durable metal frame with precision engineering, the HTC Desire C is ideal for those who want a premium-designed phone. Boasting a micro-drilled earpiece for sharp in-call sound, hyper-viewing angle display and metal camera bezel, this compact smartphone offers an unrivalled level of design and user-experience for its class.
 
Designed for sharing
 
Packing the latest mobile technology into a neat, eye-catching design, HTC Desire C’s vibrant 3.5-inch HVGA screen makes it easy to browse the Web, view photos or connect with friends and family. If you like to share personal experiences with your social network, HTC Desire C’s 5 megapixel camera and instant sharing capabilities will allow you to post any moment, seconds after it was captured.
 
Through HTC Desire C’s deep integration of Dropbox and 25GB of free online space[i], you also have the freedom to securely back-up, browse and share thousands of photos, videos and documents, whether stored locally or in the cloud.
 
Ensuring that HTC Desire C keeps pace with new mobile services as they become available there is also an NFC variant of this model, allowing users to make payments or access information and offers. 
 
[i] 25GB Dropbox space free for two years from activation.
 

Reader comments

HTC Desire C is official - ICS, NFC and Beats on a 3.5-inch screen

8 Comments

I wonder how ICS runs at 600mhz? Would that be a dual core? I can under clock my Gnex to 700 and it runs just fine.

I'm curious to know if this has a removable battery like the other Desire phones or if HTC are indeed rolling out the locked battery like they have with the One series... Sadly, the battery issue could force me to move away from HTC (after my XDA II from 2005)... Anyone?

perfect for all those iphone people that are still used to a 3.5" screen. Personally 3.5" feels ridiculously small these days.

THIS. It does seem extremely small, then you realize that a large portion of smartphone users are iPhone users and they are using nearly the same size. Amazing, isn't it?

I thought they were not going to keep on flooding the market with a confusing plethora of phones as their plan to return to profitability.

Where exactly is the market for this phone? Kids under 16?

The idea that they are going after iphone users doesn't ring true to me. Why would someone stepping away from the iphone want something the same size?

Im betting the pricepoint this phone is shooting for is around 99 bucks initially, then in 6 months, free.

I'm betting phones like this would be far more attractive to most women than the latest and greatest gargantuan phones like the GNex, Evo, One X and the like.

If this were free w/2 year contract, or maybe $100-$150 with a 1 year contract, I'd pick one up. My contract will soon be up, and nothing currently on Verizon excites me too much. For the most part, the only mobile data needs I have is for e-mail, light web browsing and gps/maps. I have no need for dual/quad cores and a screen bigger than 4 inches. This would serve my needs perfectly well, and be far more comfortable to carry around than the current phones.