After unveiling their top and middle tier devices at MWC, HTC decided it was time to leak out some information about a lower end device. After all, the Android platform is not made up entirely of high end expensive devices. The low end market generates the most profit, and thus it is the one that has the fiercest competition.
Thanks to the EXIF info contained in a leaked picture we can now tell you that HTC is going to leave the lower end market segment to the device named HTC Golf. It will be interesting to see if this particular device will be the successor to the popular HTC Wildfire S/Explorer duo or if it will be the first device to enter a new market segment.
Before we go into details, it is worth noting that most sources point towards a 2nd quarter release for the Golf, which is part is understandable as HTC want their new breed of One devices to sell the most before introducing a lower priced model.
One very interesting fact is that the HTC Golf is going to come with Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, and that makes it a good candidate for the first entry level device of 2012 to ship with the latest version of Google’s OS. This also means that it will come with the latest edition of HTC Sense, which supposedly is less of a resource hog than its predecessors.
And now for the specs: The HTC Golf is going to pack a rather powerful 1 GHz single core processor, probably of the Snapdragon variety, and a nice 512 MB stick of RAM. These two components will be the ones responsible for powering the 3.5 inch wide HVGA screen and the 3 MP rear camera. Other specs of the Golf include a nice 4 GB of internal memory along a much needed micro SD card slot. The Golf is also supposed to pack a HSDPA 7.2 Mbps radio alongside 7 different colored back panels.
With these specs I can’t help but be amazed by how much smartphone technology has evolved in the last couple of years. It was not more than two years ago that HTC announced the most powerful Android running device of that time, the HTC Desire, which had very similar specs to the now entry level Golf.
All in all I just hope that HTC hurry up and deliver the entry level Golf, as I am sure that many of you guys out there would enjoy having more powerful hardware for the price of an entry level device. There one thing that is still missing from the idealistic low end Golf, the price.