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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : HTC Incredible S Down To £300

Those looking for a handset in the middle ground between the smaller 3.5-inch models and the bigger 4.3-inch smartphones may consider the HTC Incredible S Android handset.

Carphone Warehouse has dropped its price to £300, down from £470 (opens in new tab), more than a third off its suggested retail price. The handset, which was released at MWC earlier this year, comes with a 4-inch 800x480 pixel screen with Gorilla glass on top.

There's 768MB RAM onboard, 1.1GB ROM, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an eight megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HD recording, a front facing camera and Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradable to Gingerbread and almost certainly to Ice Cream Sandwich as well.

Like the HTC Desire HD and so many other HTC handsets, the device comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1GHz.

In a nutshell, it is a smaller version of the HTC Desire HD with whom it shares almost everything except the screen size and the front facing camera.

When it comes to value for money, nothing even comes close to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handset, which sports roughly the same specs as the Incredible S but for half the price and with a number of unique selling points.

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.