February 15, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
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.
- 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
- G-sensor, magnetometer, proximity sensor
- 1450 mAh battery