HTC Desire C Philippines Price Php 10,990, Specs, Release Date : Affordable Android Ice Cream Sandwich Smartphone!

On Nomenclature

HTC's corporate slogan is "Quietly Brilliant". And to this day, I maintain that no HTC smartphone name had captured the gist of the phrase more than "Desire". Sure, "Sensation" gives a hint of that idea but it's not quite as impassioned.

It's also interesting to note that 'Desire' smartphones, including HTC Desire, HTC Desire S and my 2010 daily phone (if you remember) HTC Desire HD, remain to be most successful handsets from the Taiwanese company thus far. 2010 flagship release HTC Desire HD, for example, was such a best-seller in the UK that carriers like Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange struggled to maintain enough stock of the aluminum-clad device to meet high demand.

I don't really know why HTC had to change "Desire" to "Sensation", then "Sensation" to "One" in its flagship line nomenclature but I'm just glad that the company didn't throw "Desire" out of the window altogether.

Cheap Desire

It may not have the top-of-the-line specifications of glorious handsets that bore its name in the past but at least, 2012 entry-level release HTC Desire C has some potential to become the leader in its category.

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Priced at only Php 10,990, HTC Desire C - if my memory serves me right - is the most affordable Android smartphone that comes with Ice Cream Sandwich operating system right out of the box. The handset runs the OS with its 600 MHz processor and handles multitasking with 512 MB of RAM. Other key features include a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 320 x 480 pixels resolution display, 4 GB of internal storage that's expandable via microSD card slot, and a 5 MegaPixel fixed focus camera with no flash. As for connectivity, the phone supports WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G.

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HTC Desire C, which looks like a combination of HTC Smart, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Explorer, comes in three colors, namely Stealth Black, Flamenco Red, and Polar White. Looks cute, don't you think?

While its innards aren't particularly stellar, HTC Desire C has its own charms. For one, the 3.5-inch screen is rather sizable for an entry-level Android phone and not to mention, the HVGA-resolution display looks crisp. Also, like more expensive recent releases by HTC, the handset features Beats Audio for an enhanced music-listening experience and even comes with HTC Sense 4.0 serving as skin and providing extra-features like FriendStream, which lets users manage and update multiple social networking accounts.

Considering the number of good phones from various brands that are in its price category, I'd imagine HTC Desire C's climb to the top of the sales chart won't be an easy one. However, given its cute design, the fact that it ships with ICS and HTC Sense 4.0, and that it has a decent set of multimedia features, I'm confident that it will do well.

HTC Desire C was officially announced and released in the Philippines last June 29, 2012. It's now available at all HTC stores and authorized retail outlets nationwide.

To wrap this up, I present the complete technical specifications of HTC Desire C --

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name HTC Desire C
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions107.2 x 60.6 x 12.3 mm
Weight 100 grams
Available Colors Polar White, Flamenco Red, Stealth Black
Operating System Android OS, v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display 3.5 inches (~165 ppi pixel density), 320 x 480 pixels, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 chipset
Internal Storage 4 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592 x 1944 pixels, fixed focus, no front camera
Video Capture VGA
Audio and Video Playback MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Battery Li-Ion 1230 mAh
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features HTC Sense 4.0
Announcement In the Philippines: June 2012
Availability June 2012
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 10,990

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