21
Jul
HTC Wildfire S_

T-Mobile announced its newest midrange handset today: the HTC Wildfire S. The Wildfire S is a great middle-of-the-road phone for anyone on a budget, with somewhat modest specs:

HTC Wildfire S_

  • 3.2 inch 320x480 display
  • 800MHz single-core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • SD Card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Android 2.3 with HTC Sense

It may not be the hottest phone on the planet, but at least it has a decent amount of RAM for multitasking, and Android 2.3 runs great on slower hardware (I'm trying to be optimistic here).

As far as color choices are concerned, T-Mo retail stores will have an all white version available, while Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and T-Mo's online shop get exclusive rights to the black iteration.

This device is set to land on August 3rd for $80 after a $50 mail-in-rebate (do I even need to mention the two-year agreement?), so if you plan on picking it up on launch day, your out-of-pocket will be around $130 while you wait four to six weeks for that rebate card to hit your mailbox.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Adam

    Doesn't seem much different from the G2 or MyTouch. Wonder what the point is?

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    I think you made a mistake in the specs............the processor in the wildfire s is of 600 mhz not 800

  • http://twitter.com/kuarkdelima paweh

    i bought wildfire S for my wife. The only problem for the device is low memory[+ no S-off]...sigh.. :D

  • http://butlerpc.net Michael Butler

    I don't understand why anyone would buy these low powered phones... I mean, I got my Incredible 2 from Amazon Wireless for $0.01. Granted, I was a new customer and signed a 2 year contract, but the data plan is the same whether you have a high powered or low powered phone.

    • sredman

      @Michael Butler: I believe the point is that some users are on PAYG or 1-month rolling contracts and when we can buy these budget smartphones UNLOCKED in the UK, we can then chop and change networks and tariffs as we see fit ... "3" mobile in UK have a PAYG "eat-all-you-can" data tariff which is HALF what you guys with high-end phones typically pay with NO fair usage policy AND they welcome piggybacking your laptop to the phone ... BUT they are renowned for poor customer service, so it would be great to get on that tariff then jump ship when a rival decides to offer the same or better deal ... I am a serious online poker player so would rather invest the money into a high-end laptop than a premium smartphone.