HTC Desire S [Hands On] [VIDEO]

February 15, 2011
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We're here in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2011 and we've just been to the gigantic, historic, meteoric HTC event whereupon we experienced several brand new devices. One of these devices was the HTC Desire S, an Android handset which we did henceforth grab a hands on of for you. You'll recognize this phone as a Desire instantly, but note the unibody style, the single milled piece of aluminum that makes up the body. Really hot.

While it wasn't exactly possible to hold the phone for very long outside the locked-down version, we did get a tiny taste with the hands, if you know what I mean, and this phone does feel rather natural, or at least as comfortable as we'd expect a phone of this size to be. Inside the phone, everything's moving quick, essentially the same as the first Desire since it's also a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon. On that note, we did hear during the press conference that Qualcomm and HTC are working together on multi-core models, but they did not give a date for any hardware.

Also inside you'll see that the VGA cam isn't the best thing in the world, but it's certainly alright for what you'll be using it for, there's a Mirror app running that shows you what the camera can see pointing at you, and there's a built-in video chat app for all your ever-loving talk-to-face conversations.

One of the more interesting points made during the presentation was that this phone will be running Gingerbread, but not Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Instead it will be running Android 2.4 Gingerbread, a version of the OS that fixes bugs and makes application tweaks in order for single-core Gingerbread phones to work with apps written for multi-core without a problem. This handset is exactly what HTC tells us it is: Evolutionary, not Revolutionary.


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