If we go by the number of Android phones it has launched in India, looks like HTC is winning the Android race. The last time we counted HTC had 10 Android phones circulating in the country and with HTC Incredible S it has launched its eleventh phone – most by any manufacturer. Though Android OS is well suited for cheaper handsets like Micromax A60, HTC is targeting the high-end market. It has been the case all the while. HTC’s cheapest Android phone would cost north of 10K. HTC Incredible S costs Rs. 26905 on Infibeam
Processor, RAM and memory
HTC Incredible S is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 processor and 768 MB RAM. It comes with an internal memory of 1.1 GB and can be expanded to 32GB through a micro SD slot. Infibeam is selling with a free 8GB SD card. There are phones with 1GHz processors but only HTC Desire HD has a 768 MB RAM.
Audio, Video and Camera
HTC Incredible S records high definition videos. It has a 8 megapixel camera which records high definition videos up to 720p. Like every other Android phone, Desire HD plays all popular audio and video formats. Incredible S has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
Desire HD is a single SIM 3G phone with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, miniUSB and A-GPS support.
HTC Incredible S vs HTC Desire HD
HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S are comparable on every spec. What’s the key difference? The front-facing camera on HTC Incredible S. Desire HD doesn’t have it. The screen size on Incredible S is 4-inches and on Desire HD it is 4-inches. I might as well said that it is the same body but the screen size difference made me think that they are two different phones.
HTC Incredible S priced at Rs. 26905 is a slightly better phone than HTC Desire HD. Desire HD retails at the same price as Incredible S. Between these two phones, you could probably finalize on a good Android phone.
What I fail to understand is, is there market for this kind of segmentation? See for someone who is trying to pick up a decent Android phone, there is hardly a difference between HTC Desire HD and HTC Incredible S. I am sure no one would mind the 0.3 inch screen size difference and the front-camera. Sure a front-camera is a nice to have for video chatting but that to me is a feature which people use very rarely. At least in the next two years. So why is HTC heavily segmenting its own market? All the HTC products are competing with just themselves. Would this really work?