Telstra will continue its run of Android-based smartphone releases when it adds the HTC Desire S to its line up sometime this year.
Like other Telstra news this week, the announcement was made in the same week as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the new HTC handset was unveiled.
The Desire S will be available exclusively on Telstra’s Next G network when it arrives in Australia in the first half of 2011, according to Telstra.
In the second half of 2010, Telstra launched the first pre-paid Android device to the local market with the HTC Wildfire.
The first-generation HTC Desire was launched in April last year.
Executive director of Telstra’s mobile products, Warwick Bray, said the original HTC Desire was a “huge hit” with its 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,” Bray said.
“It also sports faster mobile Internet connectivity for snappy Web browsing. And, like its predecessor, it will feature a vibrant 3.7-inch touch screen and access to thousands of Android apps.”
The device is made from a single piece of aluminium.
Telstra is not giving away the pricing or the exact availability of the Desire S, which will be “announced closer to the launch date”.
The HTC Desire S features a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, HSDPA (14.4Mbps peak), a five megapixel camera with LED flash and runs Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”.
The handset weighs 130 grams and is 115 millimetres long.
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