HTC has confirmed the Desire C is its latest budget Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone.

The handset was leaked two days ago by Vodafone in Portugal and is now official. HTC has now official unveiled the smartphone for all to see. See also: HTC Desire C specs.

Confirmed specifications for the Desire C include a 3.5-inch touchscreen (320 x 480), a 5Mp camera, Beats Audio and 4GB of internal storage. It will be available in black, white or red colours and include a bonus of 25GB cloud storage with Dropbox.

HTC Desire C

It will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich like HTC's One X, One S and One V with the firm's Sense overlay. This will be powered by a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The most surprising thing, considering it's a budget device, is the inclusion of a near-field communications (NFC) chip.

The Desire C measures in at 11.95mm but is extremely light at just 98g.

T-Mobile has announced the HTC Desire C will be free on from £15.50 per month on a 24 month contract, or for £169 on pay as you go. It will go on sale early next month. Online retailer Clove has put the Desire C up for pre-order with a price of £189 SIM-free and a release date of 24 May.