If HTC Can Make a Budgetphone With Ice Cream Sandwich and Beats Audio, What's Stopping Everyone Else?

By Sam Gibbs on at

HTC’s latest rumoured budget phone has been, the Primo, has some pretty juicy leaked specs that seem to be giving the cheap end of the market a right kick up the arse.

Apparently the Primo will pack Ice Cream Sandwich; Beats audio, and a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED complete with Gorilla Glass -- all within a svelte 9mm thick frame. It’s even got a decent camera on the back, which will shoot five-megapixel stills and 720p video simultaneously. It’s even got a pretty large-for-a-camera-phone f/2.0 aperture, meaning it should do a bit better in low light conditions than the current offerings from Apple or Nokia. The rest of the specs are a bit less enticing, this is a budget entry after all, with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm chip is paired to only 512MB of RAM.

No word on what the phone will look like (that's Stuff's Primo mockup up top) or how budget this will really be, but it shouldn’t be much more than around the £250-300 mark. You’ve got to wonder though, if HTC’s doing all that in a budget handset, what’s holding other manufacturers back? Maybe they’re all keeping their hands hidden till Mobile World Congress; we’ve only got a couple of weeks to wait to find out for sure. [Stuff via So Mobile]