HTC Wildfire R70 is an outdated smartphone that was just launched yesterday
I seriously loved HTC phones back then. They came with industry leading features and also had the most premium designs during a time when Android smartphones were usually made of cheap plastics. But that has changed in recent times, and the HTC Wildfire R70 is so disappointing it physically hurts.
For starters, the device packs specifications from 2017. It should be a budget device, but still there has been many smartphones from other brands that come with more recent specifications that’s target the entry-level segment. You get a MediaTek Helio P23 which is now three years old along with a pitiful 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage.
While that sucks, the camera on the HTC Wildfire R70 does seem pretty interesting. It packs a 16MP sensor 1.4μm pixels, which is much larger than your average 16MP cameras. It’s behind a pretty bright f/1.7 aperture, although the bottleneck will probably be its image processing, which, as you might expect, is severely limited on a Helio P23. There is a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera too, so at least the HTC Wildfire R70 is up to date with the trend involving unnecessary macro cameras in smartphones.
The screen is probably going to satisfy in size, measuring in at 6.53″ although the HD+ resolution might not be as pleasing. There’s a 4000 mAh battery, but that’s really small in the entry-level segment. Last but not least, it will launch with Android 9 Pie.
HTC Wildfire R70 Specs
- MediaTek Helio P23, octa-core up to 2.0 GHz, 16nm
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB storage (expandable)
- 6.53″ HD+ display
- 16MP f/1.7 + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro camera
- 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera
- 4000 mAh battery
The HTC Wildfire R70 will be marketed in India and Thailand by next month, so it might make its way to Malaysia too. Don’t expect it to be cheap though given HTC’s previous trends with pricing their smartphones.
Pokdepinion: I hope the HTC flagship won’t be as disappointing as this…