HTC unveils the new ‘Desire S’ smartphone in the Philippines

HTC Desire S Launch

HTC Corporation unveiled the new HTC Desire S at the Icon Ultimate Club in Intercontinental Hotel, Makati on April 28. The Desire S is the upgraded successor to the HTC Desire smartphone. Crafted with the new aluminum unibody design matched with an Android OS with HTC Sense, the new Desire S is now ready to compete with other smartphones in the Philippine market today.

The HTC Desire S seems to be a pretty solid competitor with its capabilities and technical specifications. It boasts a 3.7-inch touchscreen display, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255, 768MB of RAM, 720p HD video-capability, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and autofocus, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing image taker, and a 1450mAh battery.

“We have taken the multi award-winning smartphone HTC Desire and made it even better,” said Jack Tong, Vice President, HTC Asia Pacific. “With a stronger and slimmer unibody design, a heightened sense of intelligence, speed and clarity, the HTC Desire S integrates the latest HTC Sense experience to bring a new level of simplicity, innovation and delight to HTC customers.”

The HTC Desire S is now available at a suggested retail price of PhP 27, 000 and will be free for those who will opt to have a post-paid plan with Smart at Plan 2000.

HTC Desire S

Technical Specs:

Processor Qualcomm QSD 8255, 1 GHz
Operating system Android™ with HTC Sense
Memory ROM: 1.1 GB
RAM: 768 MB
Dimensions 115 mm (L) x 59.8 mm (W) x 11.63 mm (T)
Weight 130 grams (with battery)
Display 3.7-inch touch screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution

HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)

GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

(Band frequency, HSPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent)

Internet 3G: 

  • Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
  • Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed


  • Up to 114 kbps download speed

Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Tethering USB and Wi-Fi® tethering
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • G-sensor
  • Digital Compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n

  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer
  • A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, PBAP, SPP, Service Discovery Application Profile
  • 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus and power LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera


Multimedia Audio supported formats: 

  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording: .amr


Video supported formats:

  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .3gp
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery
Capacity: 1450 mAh
Talk time:

  • Up to 435 minutes for WCDMA
  • Up to 590 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

  • Up to 455 hours for WCDMA
  • Up to 430 hours for GSM

(The above are subject to network and phone usage)

Expansion Slot microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Recommended Windows System Requirements
  • Windows® 7 , Windows Vista® or Windows XP
  • HTC Sync