HTC has decided to revive its “Wildfire” series of smartphones. The company has announced the HTC Wildfire X in India, the first Wildfire-branded phones since 2011. The HTC Wildfire S was introduced back then with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the Snapdragon S1.
This device comes with 3D OPVD mirror finish on the back, and features a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. The company’s branding sits right below the fingerprint scanner, while there are three cameras on the back. Those three cameras are vertically-aligned, and placed in the top-left corner of the phone’s back side. It’s also worth noting that the cameras do protrude on the back.
The back side of the phone is curved on its sides, while all three physical buttons are placed on the right-hand side of this phone. The HTC Wildfire X includes a waterdrop display notch, and rounded display corners. The phone also includes a “chin” below the display, while its bezels are generally quite thin.
The phone is also quite thin, it’s 7.95mm thick. The HTC Wildfire X is also 156.7mm tall, and 74.94mm wide. The phone is equipped with a “Mybuddy” security feature which allows users to share their real-time location, record, and transmit sound / video of their surroundings in real-time.
The HTC Wildfire X features a 6.22-inch HD+ (1520 x 720) display, while it is fueled by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The phone includes 3GB / 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 128GB of storage.
Android 9 Pie comes pre-installed here, while the phone supports two SIM card slots. You will find two nano SIM card slots here, and we’re looking at a hybrid setup. A 3,300mAh battery is included in the package, and it supports 10W charging.
A 3.5mm headphone jack is built-in here, while the device supports 4G VoLTE. Bluetooth 4.1 is also supported, while a Type-C USB port is located on the bottom of the device.
The HTC Wildfire X features 12-megapixel, 8-megapixel, and 5-megapixel cameras on the back. A 12-megapixel camera is its main sensor with 1.25um pixel size. An 8-megapixel camera comes with a telephoto lens, and can offer 2x lossless zoom, plus an 8x hybrid zoom. A 5-megapixel unit is actually a depth sensor.
An 8-megapixel camera sits on the phone’s front side, and has an 86-degree lens attached to it. This phone comes in Sapphire Blue color only, and its 3GB and 4GB RAM variant are priced at Rs. 9,999 ($140) and Rs. 12,999 ($182) in India.
This is a budget smartphone, and it has been announced for the Indian market. It remains to be seen if HTC plans to offer it in more markets, but we doubt it will ever reach the US or Europe. This phone has been created to cater to developing markets, for the most part.
HTC’s Wildfire branding was quite popular back in the day, so the company is probably trying to attract some attention to this smartphone by using that branding. It will be interesting to see if that ends up being a successful strategy, even though this is just an entry-level device.