Just came back from a HTC Mozart workshop event and I got to talk to a rep from HTC regarding their upcoming phones. Actually my original question was about the 4-inch HTC Incredible S which was announced along with the Desire S and Wildfire S in the recent Mobile World Congress. I asked if it would ever land here, but unfortunately it won’t since the expected price won’t be that far from their Desire HD.
If you’ve been following HTC phones, you’d be glad to know that the next one coming up will be the HTC Desire S which is slated to be launched this April. It’s very similar to the original HTC Desire but without the physical buttons including the optical trackpoint and will have a front facing camera. No exact price yet but the rep told me it will be market-friendly. Hmmm, I’m guessing it to be around the Php25k mark.
A few weeks after the Desire S, the Wildfire S will come next. This would be their new entry-level Android phone and will be priced lower than the original Wildfire when it first came out. A better display and slightly faster than the first Wildfire on a cheaper price point would probably make this a hit. Based on hints, it will be around the Php13k area.
Finally on a later date, one of their Facebook phone which is the HTC ChaCha, will arrive. HTC is not yet sure on how to rebrand it following a lawsuit from an online service with the same name but it was recently launched in Spain as ChaChaCha. This one also runs on Android (2.4) with a 2.6-inch touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard and its own Facebook button. The ChaCha will be priced just a bit higher than the Wildfire S. It’s sibling, the Salsa won’t be coming though.
Their flagship models, the HTC Flyer tablet and their superphone, the dual-core HTC Pyramid won’t be available till the second half of the year.