HTC Wildfire S preview

HTC Wildfire S, photo tagging feature

HTC and Telstra are getting together next week to launch the HTC Wildfire S, the follow-up to last year’s budget smartphone, the HTC Wildfire.

HTC Wildfire S, front and back views

Last year the operating system was Android Eclair, this year it’s sweetened a little with Android Gingerbread. Just as last year the screen on the Wildfire S is 3.2 inches, and the camera is 5 megapixel.

Other than that the new phone is a little smaller, a little lighter and with a little more processor grunt. Oddly, the battery on the Wildfire S is smaller, 1230 mAh against the 1300 mAh of the Wildfire. I presume the phone’s power management has improved in the interim.

Telstra will have at least an initial exclusivity on the HTC Wildfire S, with the price and release date to be announced at the May 25 launch. At the same event the HTC Desire S will be launched.

HTC Wildfire S, front, back and side views

HTC Wildfire S specifications

  • Operating system: Android 2.3 (Android Gingerbread)
  • Network: HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz; Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
  • CPU: 600 MHz
  • Internet access: 3G: Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed, up to 384 kbps upload speed. GPRS: Up to 114 kbps downloading. EDGE: Up to 560 kbps downloading
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Memory: ROM: 512 MB; RAM: 512 MB. microSD memory card expansion slot (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and flash
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • Battery: 1230 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion
  • Talk time: WCDMA: up to 350 minutes; GSM: up to 430 minutes
  • Standby time: WCDMA: up to 570 hours; GSM: up to 360 hours
  • Sensors: G-Sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • Dimensions: 59.4 x 12.4 x 101.3 mm (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 105 grams (3.7 ounces) with batttery

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