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HTC Desire S announced: 3.7-inch display, 1GHz CPU and aluminum body

February 15, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson


HTC Desire S

The successor to HTC’s very popular and well-received Desire device has now been announced. It’s called HTC Desire S — not much has changed since the original, but the new model does have a few important upgrades here and there.

I carry the HTC Desire, and because of the bafflingly low amount of internal storage, root access and a ROM with A2SD+ is almost a must if you like apps and games. HTC has taken care of this issue by giving the HTC Desire S 1.1GB of internal storage, which should be more than enough to be able to download whatever you want from the Market.

Just like its predecessor, the Desire S features a 1GHz processor, but it’s Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU, so it should pack a lot more power and enhance the performance. Another welcome improvement is a VGA front-facing camera in addition to the 5MP shooter on the back that’s capable of capturing 720p video. The screen size is still 3.7-inch with a WVGA resolution, but the press-release doesn’t state whether or not it’s a Super AMOLED display. The Android version of the Desire S isn’t listed either, which leads me to believe that this device will launch with Android 2.2. Update: Apparently, the Desire S will ship with Android 2.4 (Gingerbread).

Inspired by the HTC Legend, the Desire S also rocks an aluminum design: the phone is apparently sculpted out of a single block of aluminum. Perhaps users of the original Desire won’t see enough improvements to update to this specific model, but it seems like a fine device that likely will attract a lot of new customers. It’s interesting that HTC has decided to give some of its new devices the S moniker – perhaps because of the success of Samsung’s Galaxy S?

The HTC Desire S will be launched in Europe and Asia in Q2 2011.

Hardware specs:

  • 1GHz Snapdragon MSM825 CPU
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1.1GB internal storage
  • 5MP camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Weight: 130g
  • 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen
  • Aluminum body
  • GPS
  • G-sensor, magnetometer, proximity sensor
  • 1450 mAh battery