The HTC Desire was one of our favourite phones of last year, but the new Desire S could cause you to be a bit stumped. It's got the same name, same screen size and same processor speed, but is it just the same phone in a new, aluminium suit? It's time to sort the stats from the specs.
Size and weight
The Desire S is slightly lighter and smaller, than its predecessor.
Desire: 135g, 119 by 60 by 11.9mm.
Desire S: 130g, 115 by 59.8 by 11.6mm.
Processor and memory
The Desire and the Desire S both have processors running at 1GHz, but there are differences. The Desire S has a faster GPU, more RAM and more storage than the first Desire.
The Desire S's Adreno GPU claims to give significant improvements in shader performance over the Desire's Adreno 200.
Desire: 1GHz Qualcomm 8250 Snapdragon CPU,
with an Adreno 200 GPU. 576MB RAM. 512MB of on-board storage.
Desire S: 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon CPU, with an Adreno 205 GPU. 768MB RAM. 1.1GB of on-board storage.
The Desire S doesn't pump up the megapixels, but it does add a front-facing camera for video calls and self-portraits.
Desire: 5-megapixel camera, LED photo light, 720p
Desire S: Same, plus a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Desire S will arrive with, the latest version of Android meant for phones ( was designed for tablets).
The original Desire came with Android 2.1 Eclair, got an update to, and -- someday.
The Desire S also includes an online phone-management service called htcsense.com.
Desire: Android 2.2 Froyo.
Desire S: Android 2.4 Gingerbread.
ScreenThe screen on the Desire S is the same size as the Desire, and we thought we'd prove it with this fancy comparison photo.
Desire: 3.7-inch, 480x800-pixel resolution.
Desire S: Ditto.
You'll get an extra 190 minutes of talk time out of the additional 50mAh stuffed into the Desire S's battery.
Desire: 1,400mAh battery gives 400 minutes talk
time and 340 hours standby.
Desire S: 1,450mAh battery gives 590 minutes talk time and 430 hours standby.
The Desire S has faster top speeds over 3G, and adds support for the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. It also has DLNA, for connecting wirelessly to home cinema equipment.
Desire: Up to 7.2Mbps download speed, up to 2Mbps
upload speed over 3G. 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.
Desire S: Up to 14.4Mbps download speed, up to 5.76Mbps upload speed over 3G. 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
Update: We misjudged the Desire S's weight -- well, they do say the Internet adds ten pounds. It's 130 grams, which makes it 5 grams lighter than the Desire, not 5 grams heavier.