HTC Desire S Android phone (preview)

HTC Desire S preview: The Desire S is a very similar phone to its predecessor, but now comes wrapped in an aluminium 'unibody' design.

HTC has unveiled its next-generation HTC Desire smartphone — called the HTC Desire S — and it has already been confirmed for an Australian release in the "first half" of 2011.

Read our original HTC Desire review, and check out how it stacked up against the iPhone 4 in our iPhone 4 vs HTC Desire smartphone showdown.

Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain, the HTC Desire S is best described as an evolution of the original HTC Desire; it is essentially the same phone wrapped in an aluminium "unibody" shell; it is a design that HTC also used on its Desire HD and Legend Android smartphones.

The HTC Desire S features the same 3.7in, capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, and 5-megapixel camera as its predecessor, with a minor RAM increase — 768MB up from 576MB — the biggest change under the hood. The Desire S also gets a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.

The HTC Desire S will run the 2.4 Gingerbread version of Google's Android operating system. Gingerbread offers a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and a slicker user interface as improvements over previous versions of the Android platform.

The HTC Desire S will exclusively launch through Telstra for three months from its launch date, which is expected to be any time between now and June. A Telstra spokesperson also confirmed that there is an option to extend the deal beyond the initial three month period.