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HTC Wildfire S Drops To £140

Users looking for a small, affordable, unwieldy and simple phone to use, may consider the HTC Wildfire S, whose price has fallen down to a mere £139.95 including a £10 topup (although the more exciting but heavier and more complex Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is available for £10 extra).

The phone features (opens in new tab) a Qualcomm processor, 512MB RAM, 512MB onboard storage, a 3.2-inch touchscreen with HVGA resolution, a five megapixel camera with AF and LED flash, Android 2.3 Gingerbread (but almost certainly no Ice Cream Sandwich coming), HTC Sense UI, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and up to six hours talk time in 3G.

The Wildfire S is the followup to the wildly popular Wildfire handset; both have been the de facto entry level Android smartphone for HTC at the lower end of the market.

It will however face competition from mainstream handsets (like the Acer Liquid series or the Orange San Francisco) being discounted or phased out.

The price drop could be indicative of some stock clearing activity ahead of the launch of new products; we've already heard that HTC will be lining up two handsets, the Edge and the Ville, for Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona.

Désiré Athow

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 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.