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HTC launched Desire S with a Php27,000 price tag

In a media gathering last week just before April ended, HTC Philippines launched their first new Android phone for the year, the HTC Desire S. Banking on the popularity of their HTC Desire (which also won our Phone of the Year for 2010), the Desire S is a slightly upgraded version of the Desire. Why tinker with something that is not broken right?

htc desire s launch in manila

The HTC Desire S features the same size as that of the HTC Desire but with a different shell. It is carved from a single aluminum block taking a design cue from the HTC Legend. It even has a slight raised chin for a better grip. Also gone are the physical buttons and optical trackpoint of the original Desire. Instead they are replaced with dedicated capacitive touch buttons.

HTC Desire S

Under the hood, it is now powered with a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz processor which is a teeny bit powerful than the Desire’s Qualcomm QSD8250 1GHz. It also features Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and has a 1GB internal storage that you can work with. Same 5-megapixel camera can be found here but you can now record 720p HD videos with it. What’s missing? HTCSense.com integration found on the Desire Z and Desire HD. Oh and an HDMI out.

The HTC Desire S is still a viable choice if you’re looking for a premium mid-high-end phone. But with an SRP of Php27,000, would you rather get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? New Smart postpaid subscribers on Plan 2000 can get the Desire S for free!

HTC Desire S Specs:

  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.7-inch capacitive SLCD Gorilla Glass display (480 x 800)
  • HTC Sense UI
  • 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM, microSD up to 32GB
  • HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, VGA front cam
  • Video recording at 720p @ 30fps
  • GPS + AGPS
  • 115 x 59.8 x 11.6 mm
  • 130 g
  • SRP: Php27,000
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  • berto bin laden

    How come its more expensive than incredible s but when I checked,incredible s has better features,and with that price,id rather go for SE arc or wait for other smartphones like SE xperia neo or play. . . Or even galasy s II or lg optimus 2x

    • the incredible S is not officially released here so we don’t know its SRP. the price here is an SRP. shops can sell it at a lower price. if you go to a store selling incredible S, the Desire S on that same store should be much cheaper.

      comparing to the arc… its SRP is 29,990 so it’s still more expensive than the desire s. but based on specs, well that’s a different matter.

      • Messie

        I can confirm this. Various online gadget sellers are selling brand new Desire S at 21,800-22,000. May freebies pa! One seller (selling at 21.8k) includes these:

        HTC DESIRE S BRANDNEW W/ 1 YR HTC PHIL. WARRANTY

        *** w/ freebies (SIM,SHIRT,CAP,FOLDABLE BAG,LEATHER CASE) till supply last ***

        • bok

          san shop un?

        • bok

          san shop un available ng gnung price?at sure sa freebies?

  • wis

    not worth the price…bad aesthetics…

  • Adrian

    Good Afternoon, Wala parin po ba yung Wildfire S?

    • wala pa rin sir eh.

      • Adrian

        Ah ok, salamat po. Ang tagal naman kasi oh! 🙂

  • Hi

    Pwedi ko kayo ibili ng htc desire s with the price at 22,475 Pisos as of this time currency here in taiwan deliver at your doorstep with 1160 Pisos fee for package/courier.Of course a charge of 1000 pisos for me labor..hehehe.. total 24635 Pisos..makakatipid kayo ng kunti.

  • Ned

    There’s no Stereo FM Radio with RDS? Another thing, which do you prefer?, LG Optimus Black, SE Xperia Arc or this HTC Desire S?. Thanks 🙂

    • I think i would want the Optimus Black just for the price alone. pero if im particular with looks it’s gonna be Xperia Arc. Sayang talaga yung Desire S… medyo unexciting as compared sa mga bagong labas ngayon.

  • Dhaval

    I am really looking forward i buying HTC Desire S, i Guess it has a 768 MB RAM which would be helpful for making my work faster, it will let me browse as well as help me in my office stuff as well, Since it has a Flash Player also it will be easy for me to browse the internet without restricting myself..

    • jaomadn

      If you really want and system with andriod that will very helpful in office work..then i guess a tablet is good for you. Cause soon you well realize that small screen will not enough in doing office work. Try viewsonic vpad7 its 14K pisos right not..it has wifi and 3G and the good thing is it can receive text and call via sim card. Video call via skype and YM is no problem.

  • bok

    im confused, they say that the htc desire s has issues at its wifi connectivity when covered the back panel around the cAmera? is it true? or any users experience the problem?planning to by but with hesitations now.help pls

    • not experiencing it on my review unit