HTC Incredible S Preview: hardware specifications and hands on video

It has been well publicized that HTC’s Mobile World Congress announcements have been somewhat underwhelming in terms of hardware compared to the competition. You can read my thoughts about this in my HTC Flyer preview post and also here were I discussed the Windows Phone 7 hardware needs. Let’s start with HTC Incredible S which the spiritual successor of the original HTC Incredible released on Verizon last year. Check out the full specifications after the break:


  • 135.5 grams (4.78 ounces) with battery


  • 4-inch touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution

CPU speed

1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 with Adreno 205 GPU


Internal phone storage: 1.1 GB
RAM: 768 MB

(The actual available internal phone storage may differ depending on the software configuration of your phone.)

Expansion slot:

  • microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)


Android™ with HTC Sense™


  • 8 megapixel color camera with auto focus and dual LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera


  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor


Audio supported formats:

  • Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording:.amr

Video supported formats:

  • Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9)
  • Recording:.3gp



  • Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
  • Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed


  • Up to 114 kbps downloading


  • Up to 560 kbps downloading


  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n


  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer
  • A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit


  • Internal GPS antenna


  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)


Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 1450 mAh

Talk time:

  • WCDMA: Up to 380 minutes
  • GSM: Up to 580 minutes

Standby time3:

  • WCDMA: Up to 370 hours
  • GSM: Up to 290 hours



  • Europe/Asia: 900/AWS/2100 MHz

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Reminds you of something in particular? Well, the hardware specifications are essentially identical to the HTC Desire HD (or HTC Thunderbolt without the LTE modem and HTC Insipre 4G) but with a 4 inch SLCD screen. There’s no Gyroscope, no NFC chip or anything new compared to what the company has released in 2010. I didn’t have a chance to really play a lot with it (and the Desire S) but it seemed like the camera software or sensor was improved: Framerate didn’t seem to by abyssal in low light condition when shooting in HD) but I will have to wait until I have final hardware to judge. The Software (Sense) hasn’t changed much either (menus have changed in design) but the performance was top notch or and Android handset.

  • EJ

    Just the same, nothing really exciting about this.