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HTC Desire C surfaces: low-end device with ICS

Vodafone Portugal has leaked a new, low-end Android from HTC with surprising ICS chops.

While we wait patiently for HTC to launch the rest of its One series smartphones in Australia, an entry-level handset called the HTC Desire C has popped up in a Vodafone Portugal catalogue.

(Credit: GSM Arena)

Reported by both Engadget and GSM Arena, the Desire C won't be an ultra-advanced device like the company's current One line of handsets. In fact, the Desire C is powered by decidedly pedestrian specs, including a 600MHz CPU (single core, no doubt), and uses a small, 3.5-inch (480x320-pixel), low-resolution screen.

You reportedly get 4GB of internal memory, but compared with the 16GB and even 32GB of storage that many modern smartphones come with, it's a paltry offering. The Desire C's 5MP camera likely won't impress, either, and the chances of the phone using HTC's sophisticated ImageSense image-processing system, also found in HTC One series devices, is slim.

The one bright spot is that the Desire C will boast Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I wonder how well a slower phone like this will run ICS. If it can handle the new OS decently, then there's your proof that ICS isn't all that hardware dependent after all, and is, in fact, a sneakily used marketing tool to lure shoppers to fresh handsets.