HTC has just announced a new handset in the form of the Wildfire set to launch in Q3 2010 in Europe, and Pocket-lint was on hand to take a few snaps and get a feel for the new device.

Specs-wise the Wildfire is similar to other recent HTC handsets with a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, whilst music is catered for with both the 3.5mm audio jack and micro SD card.

The 1300 mAh battery should return a decent battery life, especially considering the CPU, but the stated times are around 490 minutes of talk and 480 hours of standby, the processor will be a Qualcomm 528MHz, so same as the Hero.

Although we didn't have a lot of time with the handset, we certainly got enough for initial first impressions; in the hand it felt solid with a nice weighty feel - with no hint of its budget leanings. Better still was the response of the HTC Sense-covered Android 2.1, which snapped between menus and options with what seemed like very little drag.

HTC's Friend Stream application also gathers and displays content from social networks, and the Wildfire's address book allows for threading of recent calls and texts with people. This social integration is topped off nicely by way of the HTC caller ID displays your friends' Facebook profile photo and latest update when they call.

At first glance then the Wildfire looks like it could go down a storm with its younger target market with an affordable price point being high on the agenda, a range of colours (HTC brown, black, white and red) and enough functionality to keep the youth happy.