HTC has literally been a phone mill of Android smartphones, launching and releasing a variety of devices appealing to a variety of crowds. It looks like one more mid-range, entry-level Android smartphone is coming up to replace the HTC Wildfire S–the HTC Explorer.

Pocketnow has acquired a leaked official press shot of the HTC Explorer, which was leaked last month as the HTC Pico.

Incidentally, leak of the HTC Explorer/Pico’s official press shot coincides with an HTC-sponsored event in New York City today, in which HTC might launch one or several brand-new Android smartphones.

Potential candidates for launch at the event (according to rumors) include the much-hyped-about HTC Vigor (rumored to become either the HTC DROID Incredible HD or the HTC Thunderbolt 2), HTC Runnymede, HTC Bliss (HTC Rhyme), and HTC Holiday.

Pocketnow, however, believes that the HTC Explorer official launch date will most likely happen this fall.

The HTC Explorer is designed for a mid-range performance for an affordable price. It can be considered an ideal phone for consumers who are tight on the budget but at the same time want to enjoy the range of what Android-powered HTC’s smartphones can offer.

Aside from having Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the HTC Explorer has the following rumored specs:

  • 600-MHz Qualcomm processor
  • HTC Sense 3.5 user interface
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 3.2-inch HVGA (480×320) resolution display
  • 384 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM

The HTC Explorer’s rumored mid-ranged specs are somewhat the same as those of the HTC Wildfire S, making it a great addition to the line of HTC’s decent entry-level phones.

The HTC Explorer is expected to do just fine with non-intensive apps and a low resolution video at the price that doesn’t hurt one’s wallet.

The smartphone will come in black or blue chassis, and will presumably be free from contract when purchased from a carrier.

No official price and release dates have been given for the HTC Explorer yet.

Does this look like a great mid-range Android phone to buy? If not, what smartphone are you thinking of buying on a tight budget?

Alvin Ybañez
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