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More Details Of HTC Explorer Appear Online

The follow-up of the wildly popular Wildfire S - called the HTC Explorer - is already in the pipeline and at least one (non-blurry) picture of it has been published online by Pocketnow (opens in new tab).

The HTC Explorer was formerly known as the Pico (because of its size) and looks a lot like the current HTC Wildfire S.

It features an SoC clocked at 600MHz, 384MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a five megapixel camera, a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, Android Gingerbread (We're not sure whether Gingerbread will be able to run on 384MB RAM though) and Sense UI v3.5.

The device is expected to be available by the end of the year and should come in black and blue. The renderings published by Pocketnow show a slightly different model compared to the Wildfire S.

It is quite surprising that HTC is still willing to produce entry level smartphones with such low specifications. The original HTC Wildfire had a 600MHz SoC as well, and to launch an entry level handset - one which is set to run Gingerbread - with a similar specification beggars belief.

The launch of the Explorer with the above hardware features will also revive the controversy surrounding the minimum hardware configuration required to run Gingerbread AND Sense 3.5 UI.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.