HTC Primo mockup
Android users hoping to snap up a new budget handset may be in for a treat in the coming weeks, with HTC set to announce the HTC Primo at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. The device is tipped to be the first entry-level handset featuring Beats audio technology, and it will ship running the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system straight out of the box.

The rumor was provided to by an anonymous tipster within the Taiwanese company, along with a full list of specifications — which actually look rather pleasing for a budget handset. That Ice Cream Sandwich OS is said to be accompanied by HTC Sense 4.0, according to the source, and will be shown off in all its glory on a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display.

The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. There's also a 5-megapixel camera that offers video recording at 720p, with an f/2.0 aperture that reportedly lets in more light than other smartphone cameras. What's more, this could be the first budget HTC handset to offer Beats audio technology, according to the source. Though there's no word on whether it will come bundled with a pair of Beats headphones like HTC's Sensation XE handset.

The image above is simply a mockup from — not an official image — so the Primo may not look exactly like that when it gets its unveiling next month. But based on specifications alone, what do you think of HTC's upcoming device?

[via TechRadar]