Update: HTC Malaysia tells us that there might be one more surprise coming after this. We’re not even going to attempt to guess what it is this time.
Today, HTC Malaysia made the big reveal on what the teaser was all about…and it actually is just a simple giveaway to celebrate successfully amassing 15,000 followers on its Facebook page.
Damn HTC, why you be playing us like that?
Anyways, giving away three HTC Wildfire S to celebrate 15,000 followers is rather sad don’t you think? Considering the effort it take to win the device. HTC is also putting some advertising money to back up the contest. All this for just 3 Wildfire S? Come on HTC. At least give the Flyer or Sensation.
If you’re still interested to find out more about the contest, hit up the link below.
Update: Celcom updates us on the revised pricing for the Xperia Play. RRP is now cheaper by RM250. Celcom Exec subsidised pricing is now cheaper too as a result. Details here.
Holy guacamole! Will you look at that. Out of nowhere, Celcom — the BlackBerry-centric operator — will be offering a line of the latest Android smartphones including the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play along with LG Optimus Black and the just released HTC Wildfire S. Could this be a sign of Celcom’s eagerness to get into the mobile device game? We sure hope so.
The Xperia Play retails for RM1,899 and will be available from Celcom for as low as RM968 when you subscribe to one of the operators Celcom Exec plans.
In terms of the Celcom Exec plans, it is the same deal as previously with RM88, RM118 and RM250 packages. Typical to Celcom, there will be an upfront fee imposed as well. the amount varies depending on the plan you choose and the duration of the subscription contract. Refer to the chart after the jump for details.
The information we got from regular tipster Rakyat Biru didn’t reveal the availability date for these devices, we’re assuming Celcom will make an announcement soon.
Big shoutout to Rakyat Biru for the awesome tip!
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Mobile World Congress is the talk of the town this two weeks and one device manufacturer has a lot to make up for considering that it really had nothing much to show at CES — the other major gadget event — earlier this year.
So what does HTC has up its sleeve for MWC? The people at Android and Me believe that they have enough info to predict some of the devices that HTC will unveil next week. And here they are:
Pyramid is HTC’s first dual-core handset that will feature Qualcomm’s third generation Snapdragon. The device is rumored to be headed to T-Mobile, but we suspect you will see it on a number of carriers. The device features a 4.3 inch qHD display and will support the latest 4G networks. Not much else is known about the remaining device specs.
Flyer is the codename give to HTC’s Galaxy Tab competitor. This Android tablet will feature a 7 inch display and is rumored to ship with Android 2.3,a single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and have dual-cameras. The Flyer has made many trips to the rumor mill so we believe it is real and coming soon, but there is always the chance that HTC upgrades the specs at the last minute.
Verdi is HTC’s “big thing” that no one is talking about. This device is a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet meant to compete with the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Little is known beyond its codename and display size, but we will have to assume that HTC stuck with a dual-core Snapdragon and included all the normal bells and whistles.
Not forgetting the recently teased Wildfire 2, the new HTC phones are definitely something to look forward to but the rumour 7-inch and 10-inch tablets are the one’s we’re particularly excited about, especially the 10-inch Verdi that is believed to be running Honeycomb.
Just six more days to MWC! In the meantime, if you want to get the latest from HTC head on over to their Facebook fan page.
Right after the jump we have for you a promotional video released by HTC to drum up some buzz ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress. While the many other phones featured in the 30 second video are familiar to us, one stands out right at the very beginning.
We’re not sure what to make of it but it sure does look similar to the HTC Wildfire but with enough differences on it to make us notice its existence. In this case, the Wildfire lookalike doesn’t have an optical trackpad. Take a look at the video, you’ll see it just after the 00:04 mark.
(Update 16082010 1456hrs) Our review of the HTC Wildfire is up. Check it out here.
Considered as an entry-level Android device, there’s bound to be some compromises, but will those compromises hamper the overall experience of the Wildfire? Or will the Wildfire provide the perfect balance between cost, quality and performance? You’ll find out in the review.
Also, we’ll compare the Wildfire with its close relative, the HTC Legend to see how it stacks up against one of our favourite HTC Android device at the moment.
It’s going to be an interesting review, so keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com.
In meantime, if you have any questions or if there’s anything you’d like to know about the Wildfire, post a comment, we’ll be sure to answer them.
(UPDATE 1607 15102010) We we’re informed by HTC PR that Maxis will be offering the Wildfire with a contract bundle. No details on availabiltiy and actual pricing but if our calculations are correct, a RM700 Android smartphone with a 12 months contract is a very high possibility.
If HTC Malaysia priced this device right, the Wildfire could very well be the device that brings Android truly to the masses, possibly the most bang-for-the-buck Android smartphone on the local market. We can’t wait to get our hands on one!
Today HTC announced that Wildfire is available in Malaysia for a very enticing RM1,199 outright (no contract).
With a generous 3.2 albeit low-res QVGA 320 x 240 screen, HSDPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi, digital compass, Bluetooth and aGPS support, there’s a lot to like about the Wildfire. There’s also a 5MP camera with LED flash and autofocus.
Processing power for the Wildfire comes in the form of a fairly decent 528Mhz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor with 384MB of RAM. The device runs Android 2.1 with HTC Sense. The Wildfire has 512MB built-in memory and it supports expansion in MicroSD format all the way up to 32GB.
Although we haven’t tried the phone ourselves, for the asking price and the specs, we really can’t find another device that can offer a good balance between price, performance, features, quality and design.
Just on those merits alone this could very well be one of the most popular Android devices in Malaysia.
It’s sad to see Maxis, Malaysia’s most device prolific telco at the moment, not offering a contract bundle for the Wildfire. If that happened, you’re probably looking at an Android smartphone for as low as RM700. For that price, this little Android device looks very attractive indeed.
Official press release and promotional videos of the HTC Wildfire after the jump.