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HTC brings the Incredible S, Desire S, Wildfire S and Flyer tablet to MWC

HTC had their press event at MWC yesterday and with so much competition from other Android makers, they had to come up big. Luckily, they didn’t disappoint. They introduced three new Android handsets and a brand new tablet. Here are the details:

Incredible S: 4-inch 800×480 display, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 768MB of RAM, 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and auto-focus that is 720p HD capable, 1.3MP front-facing camera and a 1450mAh battery. Ships with Android 2.2 and will later be updated to Android 2.3/2.4 with the new Sense UI 2.1 skin designed for Gingerbread.

Desire S: 3.7-inch 800×480 screen, 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 768MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera with 720p recording, 1.3MP front-facing one and a 1450mAh battery. Unlike the Incredible S, the Desire S ships with Android 2.4 and the new HTC Sense UI right from the get go.

Wildfire S: 3.2-inch 320×480 HVGA display, 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM/ROM, and a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The Wildfire S will also ship with Android 2.4 and the accompanying Sense UI from day one.

Flyer: 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, 1.5GHz single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage space along with a microSD slot, 5MP back camera and a 1.3MP on the front, with a 4000mAh battery rated for four hours of video playback. This tablet is very different from any other as it comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus. The stylus along with HTC’s “Scribe” technology allows users to interact with the touch interface using the included stylus. HTC has made specific software to take advantage of this including note taking and image modifications. Speaking of software, the Flyer will ship with Android 2.4 and a tablet optimized version of Sense UI. It has been confirmed that Android 3.0 Honeycomb is coming to the Flyer later after the release when HTC’s Sense UI is ready for it.

Canadian Availability: All these devices are set to ship “globally in Q2 2011.” But what about Canada in specific? While we don’t have anything regarding the phones just yet, MobileSyrup has been tipped that the HTC Flyer is in fact headed to Telus in the coming months. I’ve always been a fan of Sense UI as it seems like the only custom manufacturer skin that occasionally enhances the Android experience. I can see a stylus being very useful for a tablet especially if they figure out software to convert my scribbles into editable text.

[Engadget (1), (2), Android Central, MobileSyrup]

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  • Jon

    Some nice updates though nothing spectacular. The stylus is nice for drawing or writing apps so I don’t know why people hate on the stylus. When there is a purpose for it, why not? I hate using the iPad with my finger to draw anything.

    I’m surprised no new Desire HD news but since it was announced last September it would have been too early to. Now that it’s on Telus and no update came out, I don’t feel too bad getting one now. The Desire S is a nice update to my nexus one but I’m starting to not like the small screens. Maybe I’m getting old and need a bigger screen to enjoy surfing and stuff. 🙂

  • Hey im all for new phones, just adds more toys to the list i get to play with later but the incredible S and Desire S looks to be exactly the same as the Desire HD i just bought last week but with a smaller screen and a front camera… What im getting at here is what are we gaining from upgrading to these new devices other then software changes that will probably be pushed out OTA later to the Desire HD anyway. Again.. new phones are always nice, but i personally would like to see them push the specs higher, offer more, rather then Re-Re-Releasing phones that they already offer >.<

  • man – I need a new phone, but am waiting for something new at Telus. I was all set to get an iPhone, but then did some research. If anyone knows anything, let me know. I’d be all over the Incredible S but don’t want to wait until later this year.