The HTC Desire S is an update to the firm's popular HTC Desire Google Android smartphone. We got our hands on the HTC Desire S at Mobile World Congress for a first look.

HTC's entrant into the tablet wars, the 7in Flyer, was definitely the belle of Tawainese handset manufacturer's press conference yesterday morning, but there was still some exciting phone news. HTC announced updates to three popular Android phones including the Desire S.

It was only a year ago when the original Desire made its appearance here in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. I was impressed by its tough, yet sophisticated unibody aluminium design. The HTC Desire S retains this build with a nice rounded shape that feels really good in hand.

Unlike the Incredible S, the HTC Desire S runs the latest version of Google Android, Gingerbread, which makes me happy. Like its predecessor, it's powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It has a bright, sharp 3.7in WVGA display. In my quick hands-on tests, the Desire S ran fluidly with no crashing or delays. The experience was pretty much on-par with the original HTC Desire but maybe slightly faster, thanks to Android 2.3.

One nice upgrade is that the HTC Desire S has both a front-facing and 5Mp back-facing camera (with 720p video capture).

The HTC Desire S, along with the HTC Incredible S and the Wildfire S, will be heading to Europe and Asia in the second quarter of 2011.

Check back here for PC World US's video hands-on with the HTC Desire S.

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HTC Desire S: Specs

  • Quad-band smartphone
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Google Android 2.3 'Gingerbread'
  • 3.7in WVGA display
  • 5Mp back-facing camera with 720p video capture
  • 60x115x12mm
  • 130g
  • Quad-band smartphone
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • Google Android 2.3 'Gingerbread'
  • 3.7in WVGA display
  • 5Mp back-facing camera with 720p video capture
  • 60x115x12mm
  • 130g

OUR VERDICT

The HTC Desire S feels good in the hand, has a sharp-looking display and ran fluidly in early tests. We also like the camera upgrade. Watch this space for a full review of the HTC Desire S in due course.

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