HTC Primo To Bring Beats Audio And ICS To Mainstream Market

HTC will almost certainly release a new handset at Mobile World Congress which will take over the Desire S and is currently codenamed Primo.

According to Stuff.tv, the smartphone will be a mere 9mm thick, will have a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen (presumably with a WVGA resolution) and a Corning Gorilla glass layer.

The phone is said to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0 UI pushed on top, the Primo is also set to come with Beats Audio. Although, it is unlikely to come with an expensive pair of Beats headsets, like the HTC Sensation XE.

Other hardware features would include 512MB RAM, a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip clocked at 1GHz, a five megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture, 720p video capture and a dual shutter mode. Pricewise, we expect the Primo to sell for around £350, which is roughly what a dual core smartphone is expected to cost towards the end of H1 2012.

Other smartphones that HTC is expected to launch at MWC in one month's time include the HTC Ville and the HTC Edge, both destined to replace current top of the range handsets.