Saturday , June 23 2018

HTC Desire S – Telstra will have it ‘soon’

Update: According to PCWorld, the Desire S will in fact run Gingerbread 2.4.

Overnight at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Telstra announced that it would release the HTC Desire S on the Next G network in Australia.  The HTC Desire was a huge success for Telstra in 2010, being the first mass-market Android phone to take hold in the Australian market.

As we discussed earlier, the HTC Desire S is not a significant upgrade from the original Desire, however it does sport a few tweaks, such as:

  • Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’
  • 1GHz ‘Snapdragon’, which has faster graphics but not much improvement for raw power
  • Faster network connectivity on the Next G network
  • Unibody aluminium construction, so it’s going to feel nice in the hand.

Warwick Bray, Executive Director, Telstra Mobile Products had no firm date for launch but the phone would launch in the first half of this year.

“The original HTC Desire was a huge hit with our customers and helped to establish the popularity of Android smartphones in Australia.

“The HTC Desire S builds on the qualities that made the original so popular. It features the latest Android Gingerbread operating system as well as a powerful processor that makes for fast, responsive multitasking.

“It also sports faster mobile internet connectivity for snappy web-browsing on the Next G network. And, like its predecessor, it will feature a vibrant 3.7-inch touch screen and access to thousands of Android apps.

“Our customers are going to love the look and feel of the phone too, which is crafted out of a single piece of aluminium.”

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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where are they hiding their dual core phones ?
if not dual this should have a similar processor to the flyer (1.5ghz single core) otherwise they cement themselves as last years premium android manufacturer…

Valued Guest

This is, dare I say it, a disappointing ‘upgrade’; you could even say, cynical.

I’m sure there’s further disappointment to come with excessive pricing and excessive bloatware. Sigh…

Chris Rowland
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That may well be the case.. it’s such a minor hardware upgrade that you’d hope the cost wouldn’t be too high. However, with the relatively compressed mobile market in Australia, you can bet the price probably _will_ be that high :/

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Telstra are shameless.

Justin Harvey
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will the touch screen be improved? that was my main problem with it

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Not to forget the upgrade to 768MB of RAM which, after using the Desire HD for a while, actually makes a noticeable difference in running a ton of apps.

Valued Guest

Good to see these new devices coming out to the market, but I hope this won’t make Samsung nor the other software developers forget those of us who are stuck with 2 year contracts on older *now considered low end* phones like *Galaxy S*.

Angelo Giuffrida
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Angelo Giuffrida

Typo in the article:
“With both these devices laucnhing in the..”

And yes, I want one. Sucks the tablet is exclusive to Vodafone though. Wish the Galaxy S II was a google experience device too (aka no touchwiz).

The question is though, will both devices run on the Telstra 850Mhz band at all?

Lucas Burnett
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typo fixed 🙂

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