HTC Desire S in the flesh, first impressions

We got our hands on the new HTC Desire S over the week-end and I’m kind of divided how to place it among all the other handsets released by HTC in the Philippines.

The Desire S borrowed several key features from other previous handsets of HTC. The aluminum unibody construction was obviously derived from the HTC Legend, although the Desire S is slightly toned down by a couple of plastic covers at the back panel.

The Desire S also feels like an enlarged HTC Wildfire, with its slight chin-like protrusion at the bottom end and the incorporation of touch panels minus the optical trackpad. Actually, just by the looks of it, the Desire S is closer to the Wildfire than the original Desire.

Of course, the genetic make-up of an HTC Desire is evident specs-wise:

HTC Desire S specs:
3.7 inches S-LCD touchscreen @ 480 x 800 pixels
1GHz Scorpion processor (Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon)
Adreno 205 GPU
768MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
1.1GB internal storage
up to 32GB on microSD
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
5MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
720p video recording
Front-facing VGA camera
Stereo FM Radio w/ RDS
GPS with aGPS support
1450 Li-Ion battery
Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread

One would actually think that the Desire S is just a refresh of the Desire with a Super LCD instead of the original, more expensive and scarce AMOLED display. Oh and they dropped the optical trackpad altogether (probably because nobody was using it anyway).

The S-LCD screen on the Desire S holds its ground pretty well and is comparable to AMOLED. In fact, unless you scrutinize it very thoroughly against an AMOLED screen, you’d hardly notice the difference. But remember, the later versions of the original Desire also swicthed to S-LCD due to the low supply of AMOLED displays.

With a suggested retail price of Php25,990, the Desire S came in at a price point that is actually a little more expensive than the current price of the old Desire and the Desire HD. Expect this price to even go lower (goes down to Php23,500 for cash purchases here).

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

27 Responses

  1. Avatar for Anna Anna says:

    Is the price still around 25K here in the Phil.? Thanks

  2. Avatar for Adrian Adrian says:

    Not gonna give Wildfire S some lovin’ and reviewin’?

  3. Avatar for NLuser NLuser says:

    I need to replace my broken glass on Desire S.
    Anyone has a link to a disassembling manual/video??

  4. Avatar for Jose Farrugia Jose Farrugia says:

    And can you imagine HTC just released yet another phone, the HTC Sensation –

  5. Avatar for Jose Farrugia Jose Farrugia says:

    The HTC Desire S is a sure beauty! Check out a promotional video of the device here –

  6. Avatar for Jonaflormicfren Jonaflormicfren says:

    Getting to know this gadget better.

  7. Avatar for Faith@ahead Faith@ahead says:

    i still think htc hd2 with android features is the best phone. i can’t wait to get a hold of the htc sensation though!

  8. Avatar for Miguel Paraz Miguel Paraz says:

    I wish they didn’t drop the trackpad, though – that’s one thing which Android has over the iPhone. But yeah maybe it’s just me.

  9. Avatar for brix brix says:

    magkano yung touch screen nyu?

  10. Avatar for YuYu YuYu says:

    i want this phone! hopefully i get mine w/in the next 2 weeks. :D

    • Avatar for YuYu YuYu says:

      Finally got mine! that’s after 2 weeks and 5 days. :D

      Extremely very happy w/ it so far!!!

  11. Avatar for John Ray Cabrera John Ray Cabrera says:

    at least they priced it just right.

  12. Avatar for Gregory Gregory says:

    The specs of latest sony ericsson arc is almost like this htc desire s except that arc is higher by P5k.

  13. Avatar for Jon Jon says:

    Nice. But I prefer one that has a metallic look and feel, like the Desire Z. Still sexy nonetheless. Good thing HTC is pricing their new products within reach of the masses. I was expecting this to be near or more than the 30k range.

  14. Avatar for eLx eLx says:

    I will definitely get this one! Their service is one thing that I considered getting this phone. Time to check at Greenhills.

  15. Avatar for sonicvipz sonicvipz says:

    Sir Yuga, any difference from this Desire S with the Desire HD?

    • Avatar for Kira Kira says:

      Hi all, First difference HD has an 8 megapixel camera and 2nd 4.3″ display vs 3.7″

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