MWC 2011 - Making Sense of HTC's New Android Tablet and Smartphones


Hands-on with HTC Desire S, Wildfire S and Incredible S

Hands-on with HTC Desire S, Wildfire S and Incredible S

While it was a strictly hands-off policy with the HTC Flyer, we did get some hands-on time with the three new Android smartphones. The HTC Desire S and Wildfire S, as you can discern from its name, are updates to the earlier HTC Desire and Wildfire. The Desire S does get a few upgrades along the way, including a bumped up RAM capacity to 768MB and faster HSDPA download speeds clocking in at 14.4Mbps. While its camera sensor remains at 5-megapixel, it is now capable of 720p video recording. As expected, the Desire S moves onto the next Google iteration, that being Google Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, and powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 1GHz processor.

The Wildfire S is designated by HTC as a device for the mass market, aiming to create high sales volume through its affordable, yet feature packed offerings. This is evident from its Google Android 2.3 update, to an improvement on its display with a HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, and a 5-megapixel camera

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Both the HTC Desire S and Wildfire S will be slated for a Q2 2011 release, with no pricing confirmed as of now.

Key highlights of the HTC Desire S

  • Google Android 2.3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM82551GHz processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1.1GB internal storage / microSD expandability
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3.7-inch capacitive / 480 x 800 pixels
  • 5-megapixel camera / Autofocus /  LED flash
  • 1450mAh battery
  • 130g
  • 115 x 59.8 x 11.63mm
     
  • Availability: Q2 2011

Key highlights of the HTC Wildfire S

  • Google Android 2.3
  • Qualcomm 600Mz processor
  • 512MB RAM / 512MB ROM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3.2-inch capacitive / 320 x 480 pixels
  • 5-megapixel camera / Autofocus /  LED flash
  • 1230mAh battery
  • 105g
  • 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4mm
     
  • Availability: Q2 2011

The HTC Incredible S is the last of the three Android devices tagged with the S. As to why it is so, your guess is as good as ours, with HTC being unable to comment on that. Nonetheless, what really matters is the features of the Incredible S. Similar to the Desire S, it will be powered by the same Qualcomm 1GHz processor, but it goes a step further with a larger 4-inch screen at a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, powered by Super LCD. Its imaging capabilities is also given a slight advantage over the other two devices, with an 8-megapixel camera accompanied by two LED flashes. Its multimedia features are aplenty, including stereo surround sound and the ability to stream the device's content through DLNA.

The HTC Incredible S will be targeted for a March 2011 availability.

Key highlights of the HTC Incredible S

  • Google Android 2.3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM82551GHz processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1.1GB internal storage / microSD expandability
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 4-inch capacitive S-LCD / 480 x 800 pixels
  • 8-megapixel camera / Autofocus / Dual LED flash
  • 1450mAh battery
  • 135.5g
  • 120 x 64 x 11.7mm
     
  • Availability: March 2011