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HTC Desire S

Announced
Feb 15, 2011
Market status
Released

Pros

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Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (252 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (0.75 GB RAM)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)

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Description

HTC Desire S is the new reincarnation of HTC Desire. It comes with a 3.7" LCD screen (480 x 800 pixels of resolution), second generation 1GHz Snapdragon chipset MSM8255, backed up by 768MB of RAM, and a 1450mAh battery. The Desire S is housed now inside an aluminum unibody, as is the habit of high-end HTC handsets lately, and sports a 5MP camera with LED flash and HD video capture, as well as a VGA front-facing cam. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (2.3.5, 2.3.3)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.53 x 2.35 x 0.46 inches (115 x 59.8 x 11.63 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.59 oz (130 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (151 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 3.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 480 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 252 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • S-LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 56.73 %
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Hardware Features:
      • Autofocus
    • Software Features:
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)
    • Recording format:
      • 3GP
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

      • Qualcomm Snapdragon S2
    • Model:
      • MSM8255
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 205
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 0.75 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 333 MHz) / DDR2
  • Built-in storage:
    • 1 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC

Battery

  • Capacity:
    • 1450 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion
  • User replaceable:
    • Yes
  • Talk time:
    • 9.83 hours
      the average is 14 h (838 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 17.9 days (430 hours)
      the average is 16 days (389 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 7.25 hours
      the average is 16 h (954 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 19.0 days (455 hours)
      the average is 22 days (524 h)

Multimedia

  • Mirroring:
    • DLNA
  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless), AMR, OGG, MIDI
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, XviD, WMV, 3GP, 3G2
  • Radio:
      • FM
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • HTML, Flash
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, YouTube (upload), Twitter

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
  • 2G Data:
    • EDGE
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk
  • Games:
      • Yes
  • Other features:
    • Voice recording

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), File Transfer (FTP), Object Push (OPP), Phone Book Access (PBAP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
  • Other:
    • UMA (Wi-Fi Calling), Computer sync, OTA sync

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 15 Feb 2011

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 11 Mar 2011
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        NM8PG88100 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 0.33 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 1.06 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 850 MHz
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This device is also known as HTC Desire 2, HTC S510e


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