MWC 2011: HTC announces five new Android smartphones, two with Facebook buttons

Summary:HTC continues to tweak and improve on successful devices with several new updated devices. Two new ones even include dedicated Facebook buttons.

I like HTC devices and have purchased many of them over the years. Today at Mobile World Congress HTC showed off five new Android devices, including two with dedicated Facebook buttons. HTC is known for taking a solid product and applying a few tweaks to make it better, which is what they have done with the HTC Incredible S, Desire S, and Wildfire S. The Salsa and Chacha (seriously, these are not code names) are their new social phones for the younger crowd.

HTC Incredible S

The HTC Incredible was a very popular device and I know a few people that just recently picked one up on Verizon. The Incredible S get a larger 4 inch display and buttons that rotate, similar to what you see on Windows Phone 7 bottom buttons. It has a 1 GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera, 720p video capability, and standard 800x480 display. The Incredible S will ship with Android 2.2.

HTC Desire S

The HTC Desire is a very popular product and this new Desire S is improved with the aluminum unibody shell and Gingerbread OS on board. It should launch in Q2 2011. It has the 1 GHz Snapdragon, 3.7 inch WVGA display, dual cameras, and 720p recording capability found on the HTC Desire.

HTC Wildfire S

The Wildfire S is at the lower end of the Android lineup, but thankfully the resolution gets a bit of a bump up on the 3.2 inch display from 320x240 QVGA to 320x480 HVGA. The Wildfire S will come with Gingerbread, a 5 megapixel camera, and microSD card slot.

These three are slated for Q2 2011 availability in Europe and Asia. I am surprised that the Incredible S will launch with Froyo, but maybe we will see that change before release.

A couple of other Android devices launching in the future from HTC include the Salsa and Chacha. These devices are distinctive since they have dedicated Facebook buttons that actually light up when there are opportunities to share content or updates have been received.

HTC ChaCha

The ChaCha has a 2.6 inch, 480x320 pixel resolution display, 5 megapixel camera, and physical QWERTY front facing keyboard. It looks to be heavily focused on messaging and Facebook status updates.

HTC Salsa

The HTC Salsa has a 3.4 inch 480x320 pixel resolution display, 5 megapixel camera, and front facing video calling camera.

As a Facebook user I like the idea here and think these may appeal to the younger social networking crowd.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones, Social Enterprise


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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