S must be a very powerful letter. Not only has Samsung used it in its Galaxy line of mobile phones, Google’s latest Nexus model was branded with the letter and now a trio of updated HTC phones get the S treatment.
First up is the Desire S which is the successor to HTC’s very successful Desire, and comes in a new unibody industrial design similar to the HTC Legend design which does away with the front buttons, replaced by the four recognisable capacitive Android buttons. The Desire S has a 3.7in touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. Also new is the 1.3 megapixel front facing camera to allow for video calls, 768MB of RAM and a 1450mAh battery. The Desire S will also ship with Gingerbread (2.4) when it comes to stores in mid Q2 though we are still awaiting pricing for this updated model.
Next up is the first Incredible model to ship to the UK in the shape of the Incredible S. This 4in beast is the successor to the Droid Incredible which was never launched on this side of the Atlantic. The Incredible S will run Froyo out of the box but HTC told us there would be an OTA update to Gingerbread soon after release. The Incredible S boasts the same 1 GHz processor as the Desire S, an 8 megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an industrial design which HTC described as “inside out.” The Incredible will come with 768MB of RAM, has a screen resolution of 800 x 400 and comes out in early Q2.
Finally in this new S-series is the Wildfire S, following on from the success HTC said it has had with the original Wildfire. HTC has doubled the screen resolution to HVGA from QVGA on its 3.2in display. The Wildfire S will come with Gingerbread right out of the box and will be aimed at the more fun side of the market, HTC told us. The Wildfire S is due on our shelves in late Q2.
We managed to grab a sneaky look at all three of these phones prior to their launch at Mobile World Congress this morning and we were impressed by all of them. The Desire S is a compact handset which felt really nice in the hand with Gingerbread making it seem very snappy indeed. The Incredible S was also very impressive despite only running Froyo but the different “industrial” design did fell nice. The Wildfire S, while nothing spectacular, did benefit from the boost in screen resolution.
We will be hoping to get more hands-on time with all these models in Barcelona and bring you more feedback as we get it.