Telstra has announced that HTC's next generation Desire smartphone — the HTC Desire S — will be available in Australia from May 31.
The HTC Desire S will sell through Telstra for $649 outright, and will also be available for $5 per month on Telstra's $59 Freedom Connect plan over 24 months. The plan offers $550 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited text messages to any mobile within Australia, and 1.5GB of data per month.
The HTC Desire S will be exclusively sold through Telstra until 31 August. It may be available through other carriers after this date, though HTC did not reveal any further details beyond the initial Telstra partnership.
The HTC Desire S is best described as an evolution of the original HTC Desire. It features the same 3.7in, capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, and 5-megapixel camera as its predecessor, with a minor RAM increase being the biggest change under the hood — it has 768MB, up from 576MB in the original. The Desire S also has a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
Unlike its predecessor, the HTC Desire S's body is constructed from a single piece of aluminium, which HTC calls a "unibody" design. The HTC Desire S runs the latest 2.3 "Gingerbread" version of Google's Android operating system.
Along with the HTC Desire S, Telstra will also launch the low-end HTC Wildfire S smartphone in Australia on 19 July. It will be available outright for $360 and will again be initially exclusive to Telstra for three months.
Like the Desire S, the Wildfire S is also a very similar phone to its predecessor, which was one of the first Android smartphones to be sold on prepaid in Australia. The Wildfire S has the same 3.2in, capacitive touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera as the original model, with a minor RAM increase (512MB compared to 384MB) and a slightly faster processor (600MHz compared to 528MHz). The HTC Wildfire S is also smaller and lighter, and has an improved screen resolution.