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There’s a New HTC Wildfire Phone, but It’s Not Made by HTC

There have not been any new HTC-branded smartphone hitting the market for quite some time now, but for the Indian market, a new HTC device recently launched there. Enter the HTC Wildfire X, an affordable mid-range smartphone for the masses.

However, the Wildfire X…isn’t made by HTC. Rather, it’s manufactured by InOne Smart Technology – HTC is licensing its branding to the Chinese company. InOne is more known for its Lava-branded smartphones in India, so in short, the Wildfire X is unlike HTC smartphones of the past, for better or worse.

In terms of hardware, the Wildfire X isn’t too shabby. It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz, which should be capable enough to offer a reasonably good user experience. It’s not the most desirable mid-range chipset, but this smartphone is meant to be an affordable device.

Other specifications of the Wildfire X include 3GB or 4GB of RAM, two choices of internal storage (32GB or 128GB), a 3,300mAh battery with support for 10W charging, a rear fingerprint sensor, and Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. Again, not a particularly amazing spec sheet, but far from bad.

Aside from that, this mid-ranger also comes with a 6.22-inch 720p display, complete with a “waterdrop” notch at the top of the screen.

In the camera department, the Wildfire X features a triple camera system on the back. It consists of a 12MP primary shooter, an 8MP telephoto lens that can do 2x optical zoom, and a 5MP depth sensor. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is an 8MP shooter.

So how much does the Wildfire X cost? In India, the 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM goes for 9,999 Indian rupee (about RM585), while the 128GB model with 4GB of RAM retails at 12,999 rupee (approximately RM765). These are definitely affordable price points, but for that kind of money…you can get better equipped smartphones.

A good example would be the Redmi Note 7. With a starting price of RM679 for the Malaysian market, Xiaomi’s offering has a much, much faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, a more capable triple camera system, a bigger 4,000mAh battery, as well as a sharper 1080p display.

Nonetheless, it’s not like the HTC Wildfire X will be made available outside of India. For the time being, it will only be sold in the country from 22 August onwards. Now that HTC has licensed its branding to other companies, it’ll be interesting to see if there will be more devices like the Wildfire X in the near future.

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