HTC has caused a wave of furious writing in the Mobile World Congress press area, with the announcement of a slew of new handsets. The HTC Desire S is a relatively modest upgrade of the original HTC Desire. It promises “better browsing, higher camera resolution, and the latest HTC Sense experience.”
The Desire’s screen size remains the same, at 3.7in with a resolution of 480x800. The processor is another 1GHz Snapdragon affair. The camera is still 5MP. So what the heck has actually changed?
The HTC Desire S is slightly slimmer and weighs a little less, sitting in a stylish new aluminium unibody shell.
There’s now a front-facing camera (1.3MP) for video calling, and you can record HD video in 720p.
The battery capacity is slightly increased too with the HTC Desire S. It’s up from 1400 to 1450mAh, meaning longer talk and standby time.
Oh, and the other notable difference is that the HTC Desire S will eventually run the spanking new Android Gingerbread (2.4). It’s not clear whether it’ll ship with 2.4, or if it’ll be upgraded from 2.3 after launch. The spec sheet on the HTC website simply states “Android” at the moment. When we get a mo, we'll pop down to HTC and demand answers.
The HTC Desire S is expected to start shipping around the middle of Q2 of 2011. It'll be available from Vodafone in the UK.