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HTC Desire S Appears At Amazon For £420

The unlocked version of the HTC Desire S has been listed on the website of Amazon for £420 with the handset expected to be launched by the 18th of April according to the site.

The price however is set to drop significantly within weeks as the HTC Desire HD (opens in new tab) can be purchased from Amazon for a mere £400 while the HTC Desire (opens in new tab) costs only £317.53; both offers include a free Bluetooth handset.

The HTC Desire S has the same 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen display as the HTC Desire, it has a tougher but slimmer unibody design and weighs a tad less than its predecessor.

It packs a newer version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1GHz with an upgrade graphics GPU, 768MB RAM and 1.1GB onboard storage, a five megapxiel camera with AF, flash and HD recording capabilities as well as HTC Sense.

The battery is a 1450mAh model which will give up to 435 minutes of talktime on WCDMA and up to 590 minutes on GSM.

Now whether that warrants a £20 premium over the HTC Desire HD which has a bigger screen, SRS surround and Dolby Mobile plus 400MB additional internal memory and an eight megapixel camera remains to be seen. Ditto for the £100 or so extra that you have to pay compared to the HTC Desire.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.