March 19, 2012 by Tap
HTC is continuing to expand its affordable range of Android powered smartphones with the latest rumours suggesting that a handset called the Golf is soon to join its catalogue of products.
The HTC Golf will be an entry level smartphone which is pitched to replace the HTC Explorer, which has been on the market for just a few months now.
Information leaked about the HTC Golf suggests that it will sport a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, which is a little larger than the 3.2 inch panel found on the Explorer.
It will also feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest iteration of Google`s mobile operating system. Powering this will be a single core processor clocked below the 1GHz mark, although you will get a 512MB allocation of RAM to help Android run smoothly.
HTC has been attempting to present a more united front in 2012 after it saw profits slip in 2011 due to its oversaturation of the market with smartphone after smartphone. The HTC Golf looks like it could be a worthy addition to the lower price bracket and could be one of the most affordable ways to experience Android 4.0.
Of course if you are already in possession of the Samsung Galaxy S2, last year`s most critically acclaimed Android smartphone, then you may be wondering when an update which brings Android 4.0 to the table will arrive.
Samsung recently confirmed that the rumours of an imminent update were true, before eventually dismissing them as incorrect. This may seem like it is toying with its fans, but closer inspection reveals that there was simply a bit of confusion within the firm itself.
The dual core power of the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be a perfect fit for the advanced capabilities of Android 4.0, so fans will be anxious to see an update arrive, particularly if they are tied into a 2 year contract.
However, the approach of the Samsung Galaxy S3, which should be launched and in stores by the middle of the year, could easily overshadow Android 4.0`s arrival on the Galaxy S2.
The Galaxy S3 has been kept under wraps by Samsung so far, although it was originally going to make its debut at the Mobile World Congress 2012 back in February.
While not much is known about the technical aspects of this handset, it is assumed that it will pack a quad core processor, a high definition display and Android 4.0 as standard.
People who have invested in the Galaxy S2 will not be too disappointed to see the Galaxy S3 arrive and trump their handset as long as Android 4.0 is available via an update. Of course those with a smaller budget to spend on Android mobile phones may be more interested in the arrival of the HTC Golf, because it is always good to see a value-oriented handset getting some high end features.