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.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags htcmobile phonesGoogle Android phonessmartphonesGoogle AndroidHTC WildfireTelstra

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Renai LeMay

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?