Hands On with the HTC Incredible S, Desire S and Wildfire S

HTC was busy today at MWC 2011, announcing five new mobile devices hitting shelves before the end of Q2. Their major smartphones have been revealed to be the Incredible S, the Desire S and the Wildfire S, with the major reveal (kind of reveal, leaked specs from the past few months weren’t too far from the truth) being the Incredible S, sporting a 4 inch screen and absolutely no buttons anywhere. The Desire S is a slightly scaled down version, while the Wildfire S is tailored to the low-end market.

How does the Incredible S pull off the vanishing button trick? The capacitive buttons are now touch buttons on the device’s UI. A nice little addition that sweetens the pot is that those touch buttons aren’t fixed, and will rotate with the phone as you switch from portrait to landscape modes. Specs include an 8 megapixel camera with 720 HD and dual-LED flash, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and, curiously, only a single-core 1GHz processor, which will likely put it behind Samsung’s Galaxy S-II in terms of speed and power. Another oddity is the fact that the Incredible S ships with Android 2.2 Froyo, although this seems to be a moot point, as Gingerbread updates will be available soon after release.

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The Desire S is a 3.7 inch smartphone, and isn’t too much different from the HTC Desire other than the aluminum unibody shell that HTC is using for several of its mobile devices this year. The specs are downgraded from the Incredible S, but, unlike its cousin, will come with the most up-to-date version of Android, Gingerbread 2.4. The Wildfire S is the low-end offering, providing a more bright and colorful appearance with upgrades to resolution from its predecessor. It, too, will ship with Gingerbread 2.4.

All 3 HTC smartphones are slated to hit stores before the end of Q2. Exact pricing is as of yet unknown, though they will likely be in the ballpark of competitor’s equivalents. HTC is taking a bit of a risk not making the leap to dual-core, losing out on speed and power, which figure to be two of 2011’s mobile buzz words. That smooth buttonless presentation on the Incredible S could mean big things for HTC this year, though. Keep an eye on these products, and get ready for more information as it comes.

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