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HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire gets a hardware refresh

At the Mobile World Congress 2011, HTC announced a hardware update on their popular high-end HTC Desire and low-end HTC Wildfire. The two handsets get an “œS” added to their name. Feel free to hazard a guess on what “œS” means because HTC didn’t say anything about it.

HTC Desire S

The HTC Desire S is still the same 3.7-inch screen size and Super LCD display as that of the original Desire. Probably the major difference is its aluminum unibody shell like what the HTC Legend used. Gone are the physical buttons and the optical trackpoint, and they added a front-facing camera for video calls.

HTC Desire S

The processor also gets a tiny bit of an upgrade having the same Snapdragon MSM8255 as that of the Desire HD. The RAM too gets a small boost from 576MB to 768MB and the battery from being a 1400mAh to 1450 mAh.

Aside from these, everything’s pretty much the same. We expected a dual-core processor or more RAM and bigger storage for this upgrade. It’s unclear if it will be recognized by HTC Sense.com like the Desire HD and Desire Z but I hope that it would.

HTC Wildfire S

The HTC Wildfire S also got the buttonless treatment on its front panel. It also received the much-needed resolution upgrade from QVGA to HVGA. The processor also got an upgrade from 528MHz to 600MHz and RAM jumped from 384MB to 512MB. It’s odd though that the battery got jacked down to 1230mAh from 1300mAh.

HTC Wildfire S

The HTC WildFire S will come with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but everything else stays basically the same. At least they came up with the purple color.

So what do you think? Pretty underwhelming right? When others are releasing dual-core mobile devices and 3D, HTC stuck with last year’s devices with some slight design revisions. I don’t mind these updates at all but I wished they unveiled their “œsuperphone” for the year if they have one.

I guess the hottest phones that we’ll anticipate this year to land here are the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc.

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  • wengweng2003

    now wildfire can compete with LG optimus one 🙂 took them almost a year?!?!?!?!

    • Dual Core for a smart phone is not necessarily a plus.
      It’s the user experience that matters.

      I have tried LG Optimus One and HTC Wildfire before I made a purchase.

      I bought the Wildfire based on UI smoothness. Never looked back at LG. 🙂

    • jason

      wildfire is a budget phone and its the crappiest phone HTC has… duh!!!

  • mixonedave

    is htc wildfire s available in the philippines already?especially the purple one..

    • not yet… will post availability when htc informs us.

  • Fromaggie

    How about the HTC Incredible S?, when will it be available here in the Philippines?, as I’m aware off it’s already shipping in the UK last week

    • we will definitely let you know when we get word from HTC philippines.

  • Using cyanogenmod 7 will give your HTC phones a new delight!

  • Bem

    It’s for those who wants to try out/upgrade to Android OS phone but doesn’t want to spend a lot. I’ve been using HTC touch for around 2 years now and since then I’ve been a fan of HTC. I’ve been waiting for an HTC phone with the price range of wildfire but with better resolution, faster processor and newer software. LG and Samsung have android phones with same/lower price and even better specs than the wildfire….but I want HTC as I think it has better design, build and user experience.

  • futurewildfireowner

    I’m getting a wildfire soon. Any feedback on HTC phones or the wildfire? Thanks guys. 🙂

    • we have a review of the wildfire here somewhere. you can search it up. 🙂

  • Is there any replacement for a low internal memory of htc wildfire s?

    • memory on phones are embedded and cannot be replaced.

  • Where can I buy the original battery of HTC wildfire s in Philippines?

    • you can try going to htc shops in malls, i know there’s one in sm megamall and sm mall of asia and also greenbelt.