HTC One S, HTC Desire V, and HTC Desire C Launched in Cebu!

Back in April, HTC Philippines visited Cebu and launched two of its “One”-branded smartphones, the HTC One X and HTC One V. But for us geeks who are very much aware of the latest phones from this Taiwan-based phone maker, we knew there was something missing: the HTC One S!

The HTC One S sits between the HTC One X (high-end) and HTC One V (entry-level) as far as hardware specs and price points are concerned. And those of you guys who spent time waiting for this handset to hit local shelves, good news for you as the wait seemed not to go on forever! Yes, HTC Philippines already launched the HTC One S earlier today here in Cebu, together with the new phones in the “Desire” family (more on this later).

The HTC One S

The HTC One S

Though also carrying the latest “commercial” version of Android OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), the HTC One S falls short on some hardware specs when compared to the company’s new flagship phone, the HTC One X. Notably, this includes the display (Super AMOLED vs. Super IPS LCD2), the non-expandable internal storage (16GB vs. 32GB), lack of NFC support , the front camera (VGA only vs. 1.3MP cam on One X), and most importantly – the chipset (Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon vs. Nvidia Tegra 3). But in spite of that, the rest of the specs of HTC One S are fair enough for a mid-range user.

HTC One S Specs

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4.0 UI
4.3-inch Super AMOLED (256 ppi) display
1.5GHz Dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon chipset)
16GB Internal Storage
1GB RAM
8MP rear-facing AF camera w/ LED Flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
VGA front-facing camera
3G (HSDPA, HSUPA)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
microUSB 2.0
3.5mm audio jack, with Beats Audio
1650 mAh Li-Po battery
130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm
119.5g
Price: Php 26,990

The New HTC Desire Phones

The New HTC Desire Phones: Me, holding the HTC Desire C; the model, holding HTC Desire V (Stare on the phones, please? :-))

As I’ve said earlier, HTC Philippines also launched two new smartphones in Cebu today carrying the “Desire” brand. The existing Desire line of HTC handsets aren’t all “droids” though (there are also Windows Phones), but what HTC brought in here today are all powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). I’m talking about the HTC Desire V and HTC Desire C, and if my memory serves me right – these phones are the successor to last year’s HTC Desire S.

HTC Desire C

If you’re looking for an entry-level Android phone yet carrying the latest ICS flavor of the OS, then this could be it. I mean, the HTC Desire C, crafted by a very reliable brand in the industry is something you could look into for a price point of Php 10K. The Desire C’s specs under its hood are pretty basic (that’s why it’s on entry-level category), but it does features among the latest from HTC such as the all-new Sense UI 4.0 and Beats Audio for rich and high-quality sound experience.

HTC Desire C Specs

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4.0 UI
3.5-inch Super AMOLED (165 ppi) display
600 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
4GB Internal Storage, microSD up to 32GB
512MB RAM
5MP rear-facing camera
3G (HSDPA, 7.2Mbps; HSUPA)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
microUSB 2.0
3.5mm audio jack, with Beats Audio
1230 mAh Li-Ion battery
107.2 x 60.6 x 12.3 mm
100g
Price: Php 10,990

HTC Desire V

This phone is HTC’s bet for those who love dual-SIM handsets. Interestingly enough, the HTC Desire V isn’t just your typical feature phone capable of holding 2 SIM cards inside. Heck I don’t even think HTC will release a feature phone just to cater dual-SIM users. Not now! HTC certainly knew dual-SIM feature can be offered without compromising the smartphone experience. And yes, the HTC Desire V says it all.

The HTC Desire V excels in few departments compared to HTC Desire C – specifically the display, the processor, camera, and battery. The rest of the specs are mostly identical as detailed below.

HTC Desire V Specs

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4.0 UI
4-inch Super AMOLED (223 ppi) display
1GHz Cortex A5 processor (Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset)
4GB Internal Storage, microSD up to 32GB
512MB RAM
5MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED Flash
3G, SIM 1 only
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
microUSB 2.0
3.5mm audio jack, with Beats Audio
1650 mAh Li-Ion battery
118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm
114g
Price: Php 16,990