Telstra to launch HTC Wildfire in August

The Wildfire is commonly seen as a smaller and cheaper version of HTC's flagship handset, the Desire

HTC Wildfire

HTC Wildfire

Telstra and HTC this afternoon revealed that the telco had won an exclusive deal to launch HTC's Android-based Wildfire handset in Australia in August -- but details remain scant as to pricing and availability.

The Wildfire is commonly seen as a smaller and cheaper version of HTC's flagship handset, the Desire, which Telstra launched to great success in Australia earlier this year. The Wildfire sports a smaller screen -- 240x320 pixels, compared with the Desire's 480x800 and a slower CPU -- the Wildfire's chip is a Qualcomm model running at 528Mhz, compared to the HTC Desire's 1GHz edition.

However, many of the other specifications between the handsets are similar -- for example, both have a 5 megapixel camera, and they both run version 2.1 of Google's Android operating system.

In a statement, HTC Australia and New Zealand sales and marketing director Anthony Petts said the Wildfire would bring HTC's Sense user interface -- which runs on top of Android -- to a "young audience". And Telstra executive director of Mobility Products Ross Fielding described the Wildfire's price tag as "ultra-affordable".

Telstra will sell the Wildfire in white or black models, with pricing to be announced 'closer to launch'. Telstra's Fielding has also posted further information about the Wildfire in a blog post on Telstra's Exchange site. It remains unclear how long Telstra will have an exclusive on the handset for.

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