The HTC Desire S, one of HTC new for 2011 smartphones is now available at Top Electronics. As per the posted specifications the HTC Desire S will have:
* Android 2.3 Gingerbread
* Aluminum Unibody Casing
* 3.7" SLCD Touchscreen 480×800 pixels, 16.7M Colors
* Qualcomm 1GHZ MSM8255
* 1.1GB Internal, 768MB RAM
* HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps connectivity, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR capabilities
* 5MP w/ autofocus, flash, geotagging, face detection/VGA Front camera
* 720p video recording and playback
* HTC Sense 3.0
The price is listed at Php23,500, which places it at 1K less than the HTC Desire HD at Php24,500.
The Desire S basically upgrades the Desire to Desire HD specifications by giving it a aluminum unibody casing and the same Qualcomm 1GHz MSM8255 processor, Adreno 205 graphical processing unit and 768MB of RAM which powers the HTC Desire HD. The HTC Desire S also gets the same touch sensitive controls used in the Desire HD, instead of physical buttons.
The HTC Desire HD a still has more internal storage, more bundled storage and a higher resolution camera and, of course, the larger 4.3-inch screen versus the smaller 3.7-inch screen of the Desire S.
Screen: 4.3-inch for the Desire HD versus 3.7-inch for the Desire S
Internal storage: 1.5GB for the Desire HD versus 1.1GB for the Desire S
Bundled storage: 8GB MicroSD for the Desire HD versus 2GB MicroSD for the Desire S
Camera: 8MP for the Desire HD versus 8MP for the Desire S
In fairness, the HTC Desire S is no meant to replace the Desire HD as its top of the line HTC phone in the Philippines. The Desire S has some key advantages though, a S-LCD screen (the Desire HD has a plain LCD screen), a bigger battery (1450 mAh for the Desire S versus 1230 mAh for the Desire HD) and a secondary camera.
The HTC Desire S comes with Gingerbread 2.3, but that will be coming to Desire HD owners in the next two months.
For now, it is really the larger screen versus the front camera and larger battery. Pick your poison. Either is a great choice.