Today, during several press events in Germany, HTC officially unveiled its next Android 2.1 smartphone - the HTC Wildfire. Looking quite similar to the HTC Desire, the HTC Wildfire is adressing a different target group. It's designed with the social network users in mind and address a young and "always connected" generation of Internet users. Unlike the HTC Desire, which might be the best an Android smartphone available today, the HTC Wildfire comes with slightly narrowed specs. While GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA are supported, the Wildfire lacks support for HSUPA. And the touchscreen, which is capacitive this time, only features a QVGA (320 x240) screen resolution.
Unlike the HTC Desire or HTC Legend, but like the Google Nexus One, the HTC Wildfire features touch sensitive menu buttons which looks way better than physical buttons. However, unlike the Nexus One but like the Desire and Legend, the Wildfire comes with an optical joystick instead of the Nexus One's trackball. Other than this, the Wildfire is pretty much the smaller brother of the Desire. Like the Desire, it comes with a micro USB port and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and lacks a dedicated camera key. But the display might be the most noticeable difference. While the 3.2" touch screen allowed to design a smaller device, the display which is thankfully capacitive, is a standard LED touchscreen only, not an AMOLED display as used with the Desire, Legend and Nexus One.
According to the English press release, the HTC Wildfire will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets from Q3 2010. However, HTC Germany confirmed today that in Germany, Austria and Switzerland it will be available from June already.
UPDATE: Now with the hands-on video from the HTC press event in Munich this morning.
Cheers ~ Arne