HTC Introduces HTC Incredible S

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  1. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    18 March, 2011 – HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today unveiled a new version of one of its most popular and advanced smartphones – HTC Incredible S – as part of its commitment to expanding the market for advanced smartphones while providing distinct choices in design, power and value. The HTC Incredible S includes HTC Sense, HTC’s unique customer-focused user experience that puts people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way.

    “HTC developed the HTC Sense experience to bring cutting-edge innovation to our customers in simple and natural ways that just make sense - this is what HTC Incredible S represents 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 ways that feel personal and completely original.”

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

    HTC Incredible S also takes high quality pictures with its 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and it easily enables videos, photos and music to be shared from the handset direct to a TV using DLNA® technology. Thanks to the HTC Incredible S’s front facing camera and video call functionality, users will constantly be able to chat with their friends face-to-face.

    The HTC Incredible S will be available exclusively at all DiGi Centres and DiGi Specialised stores at a subsidized price with contract. For more details, visit the DiGi website.
    Retail units will be available at all HTC authorized resellers at a suggested retail price of RM 1,999.00 (US$ 649 ) from the end April onwards.

    Dare to be Different
    Elegant and unique, the HTC Incredible S is set to impress you with its contoured design. The look, the sound, the feel… it's a phone that impresses the senses. One look at HTC Incredible S and you know it's different. Do you dare to be different?

    Shape and Form
    120mm (L) X 64mm (W) X 11.7mm (T), Weight: 135.5g (with battery)

    A Standout Cinematic Experience
    The HTC Incredible S brings everything you view to life on its stunning 4" Super LCD screen. Browse the web in style, show your photo gallery off to friends, or even lose yourself in a video viewing experience. Plug in your headset and experience mobile movies in a whole new level with surround sound via SRS WOW HD™.

    Lights, Camera, Action
    Pictures speak louder than words. Capture life with the all-in-one 8MP camera and high definition video recorder and relive those memorable moments in crystal clear clarity. And of course good things should be shared. Impress friends when you wirelessly stream what's on your HTC Incredible S direct to the TV via DLNA.

    It Just Makes Sense
    HTC Sense is an experience designed around many little insightful ideas. Ideas that seem so simple, you think “why hasn’t any one else thought of that? It just makes sense”. It’s a phone experience full of lots of little surprises, delighting you every time. Surprise yourself with simple things like flipping the phone to silence it, navigate roads with not just a map but a compass too or simply tap and word or phrase during your read and look it up on Wikipedia, Google, YouTube or the dictionary.


    Processor : 1 GHz

    Operating System : Android™ 2.3 (Ginger Bread) with HTC Sense™

    ROM : 1.1 GB

    RAM : 768 MB

    Dimensions : 120 mm (L) x 64 mm (W) x 11.7 mm (T)

    Weight : 135.5 grams (with battery)

    Display : 4-inch touch screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution

    Network : HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz), GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

    Internet 3G:
    - Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
    - Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed

    - Up to 114 kbps download speed

    Wi-Fi® : IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

    Tethering : USB and Wi-Fi® tethering

    GPS : Internal GPS antenna

    - G-sensor
    - Digital Compass
    - Proximity Sensor
    - Ambient Light Sensor

    - 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
    - Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
    - Wi-Fi : IEEE 802.11b/g/n

    - Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer
    - A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
    - Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, PBAP, SPP, Service Discovery Application Profile

    - 8.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and dual LED flash
    - 720p HD video recording
    - 1.3 megapixel front camera
  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    First Impressions

    I attended the HTC Incredible S launch this morning, and had the opportunity to try out the new smartphone. These are my first impressions.

    The first thing that stood out immediately was its brilliant 4" high-resolution screen. Very, very nice. It also seems to be oleophobic although I cannot be 100% sure.

    As an iPhone user, I found the four buttons at the bottom to be quite redundant. But the good thing is these buttons only required a gentle tap to activate. Users of the iPhone's mechanical button will attest that that single Home button gets really stiff and unresponsive after a few months of heavy use.

    Using the default skins and backgrounds, the HTC Incredible S seems responsive enough, but one unit which was demoing a Storm Live Background felt really sluggish.

    The built-in camera is superb. Forget about the high 8 MP resolution. That's nice to have, but what's really important is the lens is bright and sharp. Also, it supports auto-focus with automatic face recognition that worked really well when I tested it today. Apple can learn a thing or two from HTC when it comes to the phone's camera.

    I can't tell you about the heft because there was a bulky and rather heavy clamp and cable attached to it. Yes, they didn't trust us journo types not to steal the demo units... :haha: The Incredible S felt right in my hands although the odd shape of its back might make it hard to fit a case properly.

    Overall, it seems like a pretty nice smartphone. But again, these are just my first impressions. :)

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  3. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Those buttons at the bottom are certainly not redundant... Especially the home and back button.

    The only difference with current generations of HTC Android phone is the inclusion of front facing camera. What's the battery capacity?
  4. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Coming from an Apple iPhone, it feels redundant, but I know what you mean. :D

    The battery capacity is 1450 mAh, if I'm not mistaken.
  5. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Well, that's true, because iPhone relies many functions using the touchscreen, which unfortunately reduces the screen space. It is easier to use, but I can assure you that all Android users would prefer physical buttons than on-screen buttons. Maybe that's why Android won't be as 'mainstream' as iPhone, but who cares...
  6. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Actually, I can see the pros and cons of multiple buttons vs. a single button, or even mechanical buttons vs. touch-sensitive buttons.

    Multiple buttons offer greater flexibility but a single button is easier for newbies to use (how can you confuse a single button) and also easier to press without looking at the button.

    Mechanical button like the one used in the iPhone also offers a positive feedback, especially if you aren't looking at the phone itself. But as mentioned earlier, touch-sensitive buttons last forever while mechanical buttons wear out pretty quickly.
  7. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    You are basically comparing iPhone and Android. But the thing about Android is, you need at least 3 buttons to perform basic functionality.

    3 buttons are not really that many, when dumbphones have way more than 3.
  8. mikegas

    mikegas Newbie

    Hey wat dumb phones ... BB is cool ok ..
  9. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    I didn't say BB is a dumbphone... :whistle:
  10. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    You didn't say.. you just "hinted". :haha: :haha:

    But seriously, I find that Blackberry screens are too small. It's okay if you just want to send messages and e-mails, but absolutely horrendous if you ever want to read a PDF or view a website...
  11. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Well, honestly, I didn't mean to say BB. I was refering to the phones that most of us are using 5 years ago. Not including the numpads, it is common to have more than 3 buttons for basic navigation.
  12. mikegas

    mikegas Newbie

    Eh old people cannot read small fonts .. I can read webpages and pdf just fine on BB ... :lol:
  13. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    I didn't say you cannot read webpages or PDFs on Blackberries.. :D

    It's just easier and nicer to read it on phones with full-sized screens.

    BTW, if you are talking about small fonts, the high-resolution screen of the Incredible S makes the fonts a tad hard to read but of course, you can always resize them with a pinch of the fingers. :D
  14. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Since Desire HD, they make the default font size smaller. I think it is fantastic! Less scrolling needed!
  15. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Yeah, the default font size is smaller. As you can see from the photo, I can actually fit the Tech ARP website full screen and it's actually still quite readable! :haha: :haha:

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