By Stephen Schenck | February 17, 2011 3:43 PM
HTC announced its Desire S at the Mobile World Congress earlier this week, giving the phone a Q2 target for release. We can now narrow that window down to April 18, as multiple UK retailers have tagged that Monday as the first day the Android smartphone will be available.
First hitting our radar as the HTC Saga, we’ve also called the phone the Desire 2 before learning that HTC settled on Desire S. While the phone’s hardware specifications didn’t blow us away, with a 3.7-inch Super LCD (like the current-gen Desire, while the originals used AMOLED), 1GHz Snapdragon, and 768MB of RAM, when looking it over at the MWC we couldn’t help but be impressed with its solid construction and reliable feel.
Problem is, there’s just not a huge difference between the Desire S and its parent phone, aside from some minor upgrades (like the increased RAM, updates Sense, and a new front-facing camera), so it’s hard to get properly excited over the handset. It still looks like a great phone, but lacks any kind of “hook” to make it stand out from the crowd. That may be just what you’re looking for: nothing flashy, and built upon a reliable design. If so, start saving up for April 18, as the Desire S will run you just shy of $700 when it arrives in the UK.