HTC may be remembered by South Africans after a moment of glory in the early 2010s. Although never as popular as Huawei, it has had its highlights and is a reliable budget smartphone option.
This latest offering from HTC corresponds to the most basic functions of smartphones, even under the simplified Android Go operating system of Android. This makes it perfect for someone who wants a working phone without all the bells and whistles.
The HTC Wildfire E Lite falls below the R2 000 mark and is particularly light and compact.
Despite its small size, it has a decent HD + resolution screen with an 18: 9 aspect ratio.
It is powered by the low-end 1.8 GHz MediaTek Helio A20 and has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The storage may be small, but it is expandable with a microSD. The 8MP camera and 5MP front camera are way below the shine of smartphones, but your goal is unlikely to be to be a professional photographer with this phone.
The 3000mAH battery will keep you going all day without heavy use and charges with a micro-USB port.
Price and availability
The smartphone is available under contract with Vodacom and Cell C, but if you want to buy it outright, it will cost you R1549.
The phone is only available to order on CaCell.