HTC Incredible S

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HTC Incredible S
The HTC Incredible S smartphone displaying the device's default home screen.
HTC Incredible S
ManufacturerHTC Corporation
Compatible networksQuad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA/WCDMA Europe/Asia: 900/AWS/2100 MHz (S710e) OR 850/1900/2100 MHz (S710a)
First releasedUnited Kingdom February 2011; 8 years ago (2011-02)
Availability by regionUnited Kingdom
February 26, 2011 (2011-02-26) (Vodafone)
Russia March 17, 2011 (2011-03-17)
Australia May 1, 2011 (2011-05-01) (Optus)
South Korea June 30, 2011 (2011-06-30)
PredecessorHTC Incredible
SuccessorHTC Incredible 4G
RelatedHTC Thunderbolt
Form factorSlate
Dimensions120 mm (4.7 in) H
64 mm (2.5 in) W
11.7 mm (0.46 in) D
Mass135.5 g (4.78 oz) including battery
Operating systemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
(Upgradeable to 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich)[1][2]
CPU1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
GPUAdreno 205
Memory768 MB
Storage1.1 GB
Removable storage32 GB microSD supplied
Battery1,450mAh, 5.6Wh, 3.7V
Internal Rechargeable Li-ion
User replaceable
Data inputsA-GPS, Ambient light sensor, Digital compass, G-sensor, Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, Proximity sensor
DisplayS-LCD, 4.0 in (100 mm) diagonal
480×800 px WVGA
Rear camera8.0-megapixel (3264x2448)
Dual LED flash
720p HD video recording
Front camera1.3-megapixel (1.3.1 mp)
Fixed focus
Connectivity3.5 mm Headphone Jack
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
FM stereo receiver
micro USB 2.0
IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
SAR0.876 head, 0.776 body (both values w/kg@10g)
Hearing aid compatibilityM4/T4 [3]

The HTC Incredible S (S710E) (s710d), also known as the Incredible 2, is a smartphone designed and manufactured by Taiwan's HTC Corporation originally running the Android 2.2 operating system (since upgraded to 2.3.4 Gingerbread and followed by 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich [1] except for US Droid Incredible 2 [2]). Officially announced by HTC on February 15, 2011 [6] at MWC 2011 in Barcelona, Spain alongside the HTC Desire S and the HTC Wildfire S, the HTC Incredible S was launched exclusively in the UK to Carphone Warehouse & Best Buy on February 26, 2011[7] marketed by Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud.[7]

The Incredible S is the successor to the Droid Incredible.



During development, the device was codenamed Vivo and little was known about it before release. It is available as a CDMA variant on the US network Verizon as of May 2011[8] under the name Droid Incredible 2,[9] and it is a world phone able to access both GSM and CDMA networks.[9]



The HTC Incredible S is the latest of a long line of smartphones based around the 1 GHz Snapdragon chipset made by Qualcomm. In terms of hardware, it is very similar to the Desire HD with a few notable differences:

  • Smaller screen: 4.0" compared to 4.3"[10]
  • Larger Battery: 1,450 mAh compared to 1230mAh[10]
  • Screen technology: An S-LCD screen compared to the original Desire's AMOLED display. However, the Desire's screen was replaced with an S-LCD on later versions.
  • Addition of a 1.3 MP fixed-focus front-facing camera for video calling

In a move seen as a new trend for HTC, the antenna for the phone is built into the back cover of the case (this is also true of the HTC Sensation). A unique feature of the Incredible S is the auto-rotating nature of the capacitive buttons below the screen.[11]

Despite HTC recent design trend, the back is made of a rubberised plastic instead an aluminium body, presumably to help improve signal reception. The front is mainly covered by a sheet of gorilla glass, with a thin aluminium surround. In addition to the specification already mentioned, the Incredible S houses dual microphones for noise cancellation.

Regional variations[edit]

The version that has been made available in Canada for reviewers has been seen to have chrome accents around the screen, speaker grill, camera lens, LED flash bulbs and loudspeaker which the European and Asian version do not have.[12] A red version is in production and has been spotted in Hong Kong and Singapore.[13]

As of November 24, 2011, the HTC Droid Incredible 2 has been available in a limited edition red color, instead of the usual black.


HTC announced that the Incredible S will be upgradable to the Android 4.0 ICS,[1] though the software update still hasn't been released for its U.S. counterpart, the Droid Incredible 2, more than two years later.[2] The device was shipped with the second version of HTC's Sense, which includes satellite navigation software developed by TomTom using maps from Route66 (30 day free trial included) and a digital bookstore from Kobo fully integrated into the system. For the UK release, the UK & Northern Ireland maps are pre-loaded onto the bundled 8 GB microSD card. The device is a part of the new generation of HTC phones that have a signed bootloader. As a consequence, the phone cannot be easily rooted, and the user is denied administrative rights to the phone.[14] However, users have achieved root despite the signed bootloader.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "HTC Incredible S Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out now". AndroidAuthority. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Droid Incredible 2 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Same Story 8 Months Later". GottaBeMobile. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "DROID INCREDIBLE 2 by HTC". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  4. ^ "HTC Incredible S". HTC. Retrieved April 13, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "HTC Incredible S - Full phone specifications". HTC. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "HTC LAUNCHES THREE NEW SMARTPHONES WITH HTC SENSE™". HTC. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "THE INCREDIBLE S… THE INCREDIBLE SARAH HARDING". Carphone Warehouse. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  8. ^ "Verizon's spring plans confirm Android details". CNET. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Final Droid Incredible 2 details coming into focus". CNET. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "HTC Desire HD Specifications". HTC. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  11. ^ "HTC Incredible S auto-rotating buttons explained?". Engadget. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  12. ^ "HTC Incredible S Review". HowardForums. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  13. ^ "HTC Incredible S Phone Details". SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  14. ^ "HTC Incredible S has a signed bootloader and recovery, will HTC phones become less custom ROM friendly?". gsmarena. Retrieved May 24, 2011.

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