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HTC Announces 6 New Android Devices (Desire South, Wildfire S, Incredible S, Salsa, ChaCha, And Flyer Tablet), Confirms That Android ii.4 Is Gingerbread

To say the expectations were high for HTC’s MWC press conference would be a drastic understatement, especially since the visitor didn’t really announce anything new at CES. So were those expectations met? Personally, I’d have to say “no,” but read on to discover the consummate specifications of each of their half dozen new devices and decide for yourself.

Update: Now with official HTC videos.

Update #2: Here is the spec canvass from HTC with all the official specs.



Incredible Due south, Desire South, and Wildfire S

Frankly, HTC’due south first three announcements – the Incredible S, Desire S, and Wildfire Due south – are utterly ho-hum devices. While the Incredible S does have nifty capacitive buttons that rotate with the device, the residue of the phones’ specs are but behind the rest of the industry:

  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor (Desire S and Incredible S)
  • 768MB RAM (Desire S and Incredible S)
  • 4-inch 800×480 Super LCD display (Incredible Due south)
  • three.7-inch 800×480 display (Want S)
  • 3.two-inch HVGA Super LCD brandish (Wildfire)
  • 8MP camera capable of 720p Hard disk video (Incredible Southward)
  • 5MP camera (Desire S and Wildfire South)
  • 1.3MP front-facing photographic camera (Desire S and Incredible Due south)
  • 1450mAh battery (Want Due south)
  • Aluminum unibody (Incredible South, Wildfire Southward, and Desire S)
  • Android 2.ii with HTC Sense (Incredible S)
  • Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense (Desire S and Wildfire S)
  • March release appointment (Incredible S)
  • Q2 release date (Wildfire S and Desire S)







Salsa and ChaCha


I didn’t (want to) believe that HTC really was making devices with such tacked-on Facebook buttons when
starting time leaked these “Facebook phones,” only it looks like the rumors were spot-on – the Salsa and ChaCha are now official. Unfortunately, their specs are fifty-fifty less impressive than their looks:

  • 3.iv-inch 480×320 display (Salsa)

  • 2.6-inch 480×320 brandish (ChaCha)

  • 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 (Salsa and ChaCha)

  • 5MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash (Salsa and ChaCha)

  • VGA front-facing camera (Salsa and ChaCha)

  • 512MB RAM/512MB ROM (Salsa and ChaCha)

  • Android ii.three.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense (Salsa and ChaCha)

  • Q2 release engagement (Salsa and ChaCha)

  • Coming to AT&T (Salsa and ChaCha)







The final – and arguably most disappointing – of their announcements was the Flyer tablet. Why disappointing? Where to start?

  • vii-inch 1024×600 brandish

  • Pressure-sensitive capacitive stylus (called the “Scribe”)

  • Unibody aluminum construction

  • 1.five GHz single-core CPU

  • 1GB RAM/32GB flash storage

  • 4,000mAh battery

  • 5MP rear camera

  • 1.3MP front end-facing photographic camera

  • Android 2.iv (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense –
    Honeycomb (!)



Press Releases


HTC Want S, HTC Wildfire S™ and HTC Incredible Southward™ deliver premium mode, power and speed

BARCELONA, Kingdom of spain – Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled three new versions of its most popular and advanced smartphones – HTC Desire South, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S. The new smartphones continue HTC’s commitment to expanding the market for advanced smartphones while providing distinct choices in design, power and value. Each phone also includes HTC Sense, HTC’s unique client-focused user experience that puts people at the center by making phones work in a more than simple and natural mode.

“HTC developed the HTC Sense experience to bring cutting-edge innovation to our customers in elementary and natural means that only make sense – this is what HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire South and HTC Incredible S represent best,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “These new phones offer an exhilarating mix of style, innovation and features that extend people’s mobile experience in means that feel personal and completely original.”

HTC Desire Due south

As a successor to the pop and award-winning HTC Want, the new HTC Desire South blends stunning design with power and speed. Inspired by the HTC Legend™ smartphone’s aluminium pattern, the HTC Want South is sculpted out of a single cake of aluminum making it feel solid and natural in your mitt. With Qualcomm’s new 1GHz Snapdragon™ MSM8255 processor, the HTC Desire S offers snappy operation and ability. It offers dual front end and back cameras, High-Definition video recording and the 3.7-inch WVGA display presents multimedia content brilliantly.

HTC Wildfire S

Edifice on the popularity of the HTC Wildfire™ smartphone, the HTC Wildfire S smartphone is an affordable, compact and playful device that packs a powerful smartphone experience. Information technology enables people to maintain and build connections and friendships through pop sites like Facebook®, as well every bit through voice and text messaging. You tin instantly tag your friends in photos before posting them on Facebook, or share your latest discoveries from the Android™ Market place at the impact of a button.

HTC Wildfire Southward is one of HTC’south smallest phones e’er – measuring but 10.13cm long and v.94cm wide – and boasts a distinctive three.2 inch, HVGA brandish.

Celebrate your individuality and choose from a wide variety of colors including black, royal and white. The phone’south home screen is fully customizable with your favorite apps, widgets and content, while a five-megapixel color camera with motorcar focus, expandable microSD™ retention and back up for a diversity of sound and video formats make a dandy all-around multimedia device that slips easily into any pocket.

HTC Incredible Southward

The alluring HTC Incredible S smartphone combines cutting-border design with a premium mobile experience for those who cartel to be dissimilar. Showing what can exist achieved when engineers and designers work together to raise the bar for mobile phone design, the HTC Incredible S smartphone features a stunning, contoured trunk that highlights the internal hardware components of the device. Capturing and viewing video in crystal clear High-Definition has never been so piece of cake and a bright 4-inch WVGA Super LCD display and stereo environs sound bring a vibrant cinematic experience to the palm of your mitt.

HTC Incredible S likewise takes loftier quality pictures with its 8-megapixel camera with dual wink, and it hands enables videos, photos and music to be shared from the handset direct to a Telly using DLNA® engineering. Thanks to the HTC Incredible South’south front facing camera and video call functionality, users will constantly be able to chat with their friends face-to-face.


The HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible South smartphones, will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011.


HTC raises the bar for mobile social phones with HTC ChaChaTM and HTC SalsaTM

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mobile World Congress – February fifteen, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced two new phones built entirely to exist social, combining the simplicity, ease-of-use and depth of HTC SenseTM with the power and connectivity of Facebook®. As part of an extended portfolio of six new HTC Sense-based devices being unveiled at Mobile World Congress, HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa feature a dedicated Facebook® push for one-touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience.

“HTC has always understood that unlike people want unlike things and the new HTC ChaCha and Salsa offer special new ways to experience Facebook on a mobile device,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “With more than 500 million active users worldwide, Facebook has become synonymous with the social web and we wanted to create the ultimate socially continued phones with mass market appeal.”

“We accept worked closely with HTC for several years on bringing Facebook to their devices and HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa are the adjacent stage,” said Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business organization for Facebook. “HTC has brought Facebook to these two new devices in an innovative mode enabling people to connect and share hands whenever they want, wherever they are.”

The Facebook push on HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. With a single press of the button, yous tin update your status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song you are listening to, ‘bank check in’ to a location and more than. For case, y’all can take a photo of friends on your phone and upload it instantly to Facebook by simply pressing the button. Or permit your friends know what vocal y’all’re listening to by pressing the button while listening to music on the phone. The track is automatically identified and shared on Facebook.

The new devices characteristic Android Gingerbread ii.3.3, the latest version, and apply the latest iteration of HTC Sense to integrate Facebook throughout the HTC Sense feel. When you lot make a telephone call, the dialer screen displays your friend’s latest status and photos, and even tells you if their birthday is approaching. The aforementioned updates are besides displayed when you lot receive a call from a Facebook friend. Y’all tin can too utilise your phone’due south existing contacts to help you connect with them on Facebook or personalize your handset farther with a number of new, Facebook-branded widgets.

The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones make it simple to stay in touch with your friends using Facebook Chat and Messages on your phone. Your Facebook messages and conversations are integrated inside your phone and appear within your text and email inboxes alongside your regular conversations.

Stay continued with the smartphone for the Facebook generation – HTC ChaCha

The HTC ChaCha smartphone is designed to provide a seamless, social experience by enabling y’all to stay in touch with your friends anytime, anywhere. The unique tilt blueprint shapes the display and concrete QWERTY keyboard and so it is piece of cake to view and comfortable to type. Capture special moments in crisp, High-Definition item or video conversation with your friends using the dual cameras, including a 5-megapixel color camera with automobile focus and LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera. The ChaCha smartphone also brings the Net to your fingertips with a 2.half-dozen-inch, 480 ten 320 resolution landscape touch screen.

Your Facebook friends never felt closer – HTC Salsa

Boasting the same deep Facebook integration equally the HTC ChaCha smartphone, the HTC Salsa smartphone provides a fast, high-functioning smartphone experience. Capture the moment in high-resolution stills or video with the 5-megapixel camera and immediately share it with friends on the generous three.4-inch, 480 ten 320 resolution affect display. Upload your photos to Facebook at the touch of a button. For face-to-face conversations on the move, the VGA forward-facing camera enables loftier-quality video calling.


The HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa smartphones will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets during Q2 2011. In the Usa, AT&T and HTC are exclusively bringing this unique user experience to market place later this year.


Aluminum unibody design with bear upon and pen interaction make HTC Flyer unique

Starting time tablet with HTC Lookout man™ video service, HTC Scribe™ Applied science and OnLive® cloud gaming

BARCELONA, Espana – Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2011 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and blueprint, today appear its first tablet, the HTC FlyerTM. HTC Flyer blends HTC’southward trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Scout, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the offset cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet.

“Conspicuously, smartphones have transformed our lives only as we observed how people use smartphones, computers and other technologies, we saw an opportunity to create a tablet experience that is different, more personal and productive,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are progressing downwards a path as an industry when people will no longer exist in a single device prototype, but have multiple wireless devices for different needs; this is the direction we are moving.”

Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the HTC Flyer tablet exudes the iconic style and build quality HTC is known for. Information technology is as well ultra-light, weighing as little as a paperback book, and meaty enough to fit in a jacket pocket but. With a 7-inch display, lightning fast 1.5Ghz processor and high-speed HSPA+ wireless capabilities, the HTC Flyer tablet is perfect for those who have been waiting for a tablet that is both compact and powerful.

HTC Sense for Tablet

HTC Sense revolutionized smartphones by placing the person at the center of the feel. HTC Flyer’s tablet-focused HTC Sense experience focuses on surprising and delighting people with its gorgeous 3D habitation screen. A unique carousel of widgets puts a user’s most important content and data at the visual heart of the experience. The HTC Flyer tablet also offers uncompromised Web browsing with Flash 10 and HTML 5.

HTC Scribe Applied science

Touch interaction lights upward the HTC Flyer tablet experience, simply it also offers a groundbreaking pen experience. With the new HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet, people tin rediscover the natural act of writing. HTC Scribe Technology introduces a wave of integrated digital ink innovations that make it easy and natural to take notes, sign contracts, draw pictures, or fifty-fifty write on a web page or photograph.

HTC Scribe Technology on the HTC Flyer tablet transforms traditional annotation-taking into smart note-taking by integrating natural onscreen writing with thoughtful and integrated innovations. A characteristic called Timemark enables y’all to capture the audio of a meeting in line with your written notes, so tapping on a word in your notes instantly takes you to that verbal place in time in the audio recording of the meeting. Notes are also integrated with the calendar so when in that location is an appointment reminder you are automatically prompted with an opportunity to begin a new note or in the case of recurring meetings, to keep where the concluding meeting left off. In an manufacture first, the HTC Flyer tablet also features congenital-in synchronization with Evernote™, the globe-leading notes application and service.

Streaming Mobile Movies with HTC Watch

The HTC Flyer tablet premieres HTC Watch, HTC’southward new video download service. The HTC Spotter service enables depression-cost on-demand progressive downloading of hundreds of High-Definition movies from major studios. The intuitive, natural design of the HTC Watch service makes information technology piece of cake to detect the latest moving-picture show and video content, while avant-garde engineering science on the back-end enables instant playback over the HTC Flyer tablet’s high-speed wireless connexion.

Mobile Cloud Gaming with OnLive

HTC takes mobile gaming to an entirely new level by beingness the kickoff mobile device in the earth to integrate OnLive Inc.’s revolutionary cloud-based gaming service. OnLive is leading in the dwelling gaming market by letting people play top video games on their televisions and computers without the need to buy expensive gaming hardware or software. When integrated fully, the OnLive service will enable customers to piping the OnLive service through the HTC Flyer tablet’s broadband wireless to their television sets, or permit them play straight on the tablet. When integrated on the HTC Flyer tablet, people can play a diversity of games, including hits like Assassin’southward Creed Brotherhood™, NBA 2K11 and Lego Harry Potter™.


HTC Flyer will exist available to customers globally during Q2 2011.

So, now that that’south all said and washed, what’due south your take on the new devices? Beloved ’em? Hate ’em? Fight it out in the comments below.

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