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HTC Desire S priced and dated by Amazon

HTC Desire S priced and dated by Amazon

The HTC Desire S launched at MWC 2011 earlier this week has been priced and dated by retailer Amazon UK. According to the listing, the Gingerbread smartphone will arrive on April 18 2011, priced at £419.99 ($679); that's SIM-free and unlocked, of course, and we'd expect carrier-subsidized versions to be considerably cheaper, if not free with a new, two-year agreement.

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Recap Of New HTC Smartphones, Tablet, and Announcements From MWC 2011

Recap Of New HTC Smartphones, Tablet, and Announcements From MWC 2011

We had quite a rush of HTC news live from MWC 2011 this morning, so here’s a recap in case you didn’t catch everything. Our very own Chris Davies got plenty of hands-on time with the new product line up from HTC including the Incredible S, Wildfire S, Desire S, Chacha, and Salsa smartphones, as well as the Flyer tablet. Other HTC announcements included an updated version of their HTC Sense, a new video chat app, new support for OnLive cloud gaming service, and their partnership with Qualcomm to develop multi-core devices.

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HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa eyes-on

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa eyes-on

HTC has locked the single HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa prototype units here at MWC 2011 behind glass, and they're not allowing our Facebook-addicted fingers to get any play right now. From what we can see, the ChaCha looks the more interesting of the pair; the physical QWERTY keyboard is nicely spaced on a surprisingly broad chassis, and the touchscreen - while small - is highly pixel dense.

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HTC Sense updated: High-res display support, more

HTC Sense updated: High-res display support, more

HTC has announced a new version of HTC Sense for superphones, with portrait and landscape orientation support, and specially coded for high-resolution displays like the 1024 x 600 panel on the HTC Flyer. It's part of what CEO Peter Chou describes as a transition in the mobile market to expected smartphone features: "nice-to-have has turned into must-have" he suggested at the tablet's launch.

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HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Facebook Phones debut

HTC has announced a pair of Facebook phones at MWC 2011, two affordable Android devices with a focus on social networking. The first of the pair is the HTC ChaCha, a physical QWERTY handset paired with a 2.6-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, followed by the HTC Salsa, an all-touch version with a 3.4-inch touchscreen. Both the ChaCha and Salsa have a dedicated Facebook button, hard-coded to instantly share content like photos, music links or Facebook Places location links.

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HTC Desire S official

HTC Desire S official

HTC has announced the HTC Desire S, the successor to its wildly popular Desire smartphone. Set to go on sale in mid-Q2, the Desire S keeps the 1GHz processor of the original - now Qualcomm's single-core Snapdragon MSM8255 - and 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, but adopts HTC's unibody styling and gets Android 2.4 Gingerbread.

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