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HTC seems to be using a slightly different market strategy from what the rivals have - offer multiple phones in one price bracket, and let the consumer have more options to choose from. This strategy has worked well for Maruti Suzuki in the automobile sector, where they have multiple cars in the same price bracket. This is seems to be the only explanation as to why the dual-core HTC One S is priced so close to the quad-core HTC One X (read our review). Then again, there are more differences between these two phones that could sway the buyer's decision. We are not sure if this strategy will work, and the phone may suffer for no fault of its own. There seems to be no discrimination between the One series of phones in terms of build quality. The One S also gets an aluminum unibody design, just like the considerably less expensive One V. HTC does unibody design very well, and ever since the time of the HTC Legend, this has become a sort of a trademark - which is what makes the likes of the HTC Sensation a bit of a bad dream! From side on, the phone with just 7.8m thickness is one of the slimmer phones out there, and is definitely slimmer than the One X. Placed on a flat surface with you looking from side-on, the HTC One S' curves make for interesting reading.
Note: As you'll see in our review, we detected a certain sensitivity to scratches in the body of the One S. This is a blatant imperfection in the phone. HTC insists that it is due to a manufacturing flaw in the trial run series that does not affect the models being sold in stores. The company is currently sending us one of the market-ready copies so that we can verify the correction for ourselves, at which point we will update this review to include our findings. In an attempt to scale down the number of products in its series, HTC has included just three smartphones in its "One" collection. Each runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and features a new-and-improved Sense interface. Following the One X, a high-end smartphone with a Full HD 4.7-inch display, we introduce the One S, the middle-range edition in the series. The One S has a non-HD 4.3-inch display, 16 GB of non-expandable memory (which in the end boils down to about 12 GB for the user) and an 8-Megapixel camera that films in 1080p. Replacing the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor of the One X, this amply equipped smartphone contains a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 1 GB of RAM. How does the HTC One S perform in relation to its price tag? Answers below...
HTC has finally launched its first Android smartphone to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich—and it's a winner. The HTC One S packs a next-generation dual-core processor, a vibrant screen, an unusually capable camera, and fast HSPA+ 42 data speeds, all into one of the slimmest and lightest designs we've seen. Despite a few minor issues, the HTC One S is our favorite new smartphone on T-Mobile and a clear Editors' Choice. Design and Call QualitySlim and light, the HTC One S measures 5.15 by 2.56 by 0.35 inches (HWD), with a thinner 0.31-inch portion in the center, and weighs roughly 4.2 ounces. HTC doesn't provide an official weight figure, but the One S is slightly lighter than the 4.9-ounce iPhone 4S we had on hand. HTC's high-end handsets typically feel expensive, and the One S is no exception, with its rounded, gray aluminum body. This one goes several steps further, though. First, it's almost impossibly slim, thanks to its unibody design—the Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR is slimmer still at 0.28 inches, but the difference is largely academic given how good the One S looks. The gradient anodized finish also lends an extra dose of class, not to mention durability.
HTC's new One Series got off to a good start, and now the company has to do the same in the US. We've already reviewed the One S comprehensively in European form, back when the smartphone first wenton sale. T-Mobile USA‘s version brings much the same to the table, only with support for the carrier's HSPA+ bands. Read on to find out whether this is the One phone you should be buying. Beyond the radio changes, and some different software preloads, HTC is offering the same device in Europe and North America. That means the same 4.3-inch qHD 540 x 960 AMOLED display, same 8-megapixel main camera with a backside-illuminated sensor and Full HD video recording, and the same Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich complete with HTC's own Sense customizations. Coming from the Galaxy Note, which has - along with an iPhone - become my daily device, the 4.3-inch One S feels a little on the small side. Still, if you're not spoiled by the 5.3-inch Samsung then the HTC might not feel so pokey. Pixels rather than inches are the key shortage: a 720p display running at 1280 x 800 would've made for a smoother, more detailed display than the qHD HTC opted for, though there's no denying the warmth and brightness AMOLED technology delivers.
Strangely, it's been a while since we've seen a top-shelf Android powered smartphone for T-Mobile. Yeah, the carrier has been blessed with quality devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Amaze 4G, but they've been available for some time now – with nothing particularly “fresh” put out by them in the last few months. Now that spring is in full swing, the wait for something special will soon be over, as the highly anticipated HTC One S is set to shake things come April 25th.Over the big pond, our friends in Europe have been taking pleasure in experiencing the beauty and wonder surrounding the middle child of HTC's One family. And soon enough, T-Mobile customers will be able to partake in it as well – thus, delivering a device that boasts the most up-to-date version of HTC's Sense UI on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Priced at $199.99 with a 2-year contract, some might question and wonder if it's valid enough to accept wholeheartedly, even more when Sprint's beefier HTC EVO 4G LTE is confirmed to flaunt the same price point. Regardless of that, let's dive in and find out what all the commotion is all about surrounding this bundle of joy.
The global version of the HTC One S ($200 with a new two-year contract from T-Mobile; price as of April 18, 2012) impressed me at Mobile World Congress back in February, so I was anxious to see if the T-Mobile version was equally awesome. Spoiler alert: It is. The One S packs a high-end camera, the latest version of Android, and a powerful dual-core processor in a swank, superslim design. Among its few drawbacks is the absence of a microSD slot; in addition, we had some issues with the call quality in San Francisco. The models in HTC's One line of phones have three common features: a high-quality camera with HTC ImageSense, built-in Beats Audio, and a premium design. We've always praised HTC phones for being both easy on the eyes and well-constructed, but the One S takes phone design a step beyond that, with a classic aluminum unibody design that incorporates contrasting slate and blue-gray panels. The sealed battery cover of the HTC One S.The aluminum body has been given a "micro-arc oxidization treatment," which is apparently the same treatment that NASA uses on satellites. Besides making the One S supertough, it gives the phone a futuristic look.
With both HTC and T-Mobile going through trying times, both the carrier and the handset maker are looking to make a bold statement with the HTC One S. This little brother to the HTC One X boasts the same superfast camera--thanks to a dedicated imaging chip--along with a sexy Super AMOLED screen packaged in an anodized aluminum design. The beauty of this $199 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device also extends to the Sense 4.0 interface, making the One S one of the most powerful Android phones on the market today.Click to EnlargeOne of the best looking phones we've ever had the pleasure of using, the HTC One S features an attractive gunmetal gray chassis with subtle curves at the top and bottom of the device. Anodized aluminum material allows the back, sides and outer bezel to have a fingerprint-resistant matte finish while providing both durability and light weight. A matte black inner bezel and a metallic blue ring around the back-facing camera give the One S an extra dose of style.At just 5.15 x 2.55 x .3 inches and 4.2 ounces, the HTC One S feels incredibly light in the hand, a breath of fresh air compared to smartphone behemoths like the 5.3 x 2.7 x .37-inch, 5.3-ounce Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the 5.78 x 3.27 x .37-inch, 6.5 ounce Samsung Galaxy Note.
T-Moble customers we feel your pain. First it was the threat of a hostile takeover by AT&T, then it was the lack of any attractive smartphones while competitors Verizon and AT&T launched superphone after superphone such as the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx and the Nokia Lumia 900, with plenty more on the way. Well, the HTC One S has arrived, and with it comes Android Ice Cream Sandwich plus an excellent camera. Find out if it's enough to keep you from sticking with TMO and stop your mad dash to greener pastures. From the moment I placed the HTC One S in my hand, I was struck with how premium the phone feels. Luxuriously sculpted from a single block of anodized aluminum with smoothly tapered edges, the One S is sturdy yet manages to look finely crafted. That's a mean feat since the handset is breathtakingly thin, just 0.31 inch thick. In fact T-Mobile touts the HTC One S as its trimmest smartphone yet, edging out the Apple iPhone 4S (0.37 inch) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (0.4 inch), but not the original Motorola Droid Razr (0.28 inch). Most of the HTC One S' front is taken up by its lovely 4.3-inch qHD (960 by 540) Super AMOLED screen. It paints images and video with vibrant colors, high contrast, and deep blacks.
HTC returns to form with the One S, a compact powerhouse with a vibrant AMOLED display, superb camera and ultra-thin design.HTC hasn't had an easy run as of late. In the last six months, Samsung has snatched away much of the goodwill the Taiwanese company had built up over the years. Devices like the Rezound fell flat against the competition, but on T-Mobile, HTC has remained a power player. With the Amaze and the Radar, it has flourished on the last major carrier without the iPhone. The One X, S, and V were unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress as the phones to lead HTC's resurgence back into the market. The One X is bound for AT&T soon, but it appears that its smaller brother, the One S, will lead the charge. And from the looks of it, it may have a good fighting chance. The One S is slightly smaller than the largest phones coming out, with a 4.3-inch screen, but it's all the better for it. While we liked the One X, it will be too large for many users. The S manages to pack in almost every exciting feature of the X, but in an even nicer, more compact design. The One S feels like the culmination of more than a year of improvements (and setbacks) in HTC's phone design.
The HTC One S is the middle child of the One family but it just might be the brightest and best looking too. Inside the slender metal case is a treasure chest of new technology - the brains behind the beauty in this piece of smartphone alchemy. HTC use not one but two advanced processes to create the metal shell of the One S. The micro arc oxidation uses 10,000V of electricity to turn the aluminum surface into ceramic, which is said to be five times stronger than aerospace aluminum or stainless steel. That creates the black finish of the phone. The second option is a more traditional anodized aluminum, but with a twist - it has a unique, subtle gradient from medium to dark grey. Whichever bodywork you choose, the 7.8mm of thickness is even throughout - no cheating with bumps on the back. The HTC One S feels startlingly thin in the hand. There was no compromise with the internals either - the two Krait cores in the new Snapdragon S4 chipset promise much more power than the old Scorpion cores. Early benchmarks show it could even rival a quad Cortex-A9 CPU. Going by specs alone, HTC have created a true wonder phone with the One S.
If you're familiar with the HTC One X, the One S is a smaller version, with a 4.3inch display rather than the One X's 4.7 inch screen. However, even though it's smaller, the One S offers lots of interesting features. Pretty impressive in what is the slimmest HTC phone to appear so far. But has HTC managed to cram all the best things from the One X into a smaller frame? First off, you'll see that the HTC One S is incredibly slim, compared with the One X – it measures a svelte 7.8mm, which is almost as thin as the Motorola Razr. It also has a metallic finish that looks cool. Happily, that slim body is not flimsy, which we thought may be the case – in fact it is especially tough because it is made using an intriguing process entitled Micro-Arc Oxidation (used in making satellites!). This apparently bathes the device in plasma and then electrifies it – at some stage in the process it is ‘hotter than the sun' we are told. The result of all this clever science stuff is immediate carbonisation, which makes the chassis incredibly tough. To get to the SIM slot, you need to ease off the end of the phone – but don't go looking for a Micro SD slot, because there isn't one.
This is a review of the international HTC One S version. The phone is scheduled to arrive on T-Mobile in the US with AWS frequencies.HTC One S is the middle child in the new One series of the Taiwanese smartphone maker, taking it down a notch from the flagship HTC One X, while floating above the One V munchkin in terms of hardware. It has a lot going for it, though, being HTC's thinnest device to date, sporting a metal ceramic-coated or anodized chassis, and featuring the fourth generation of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset plus a dedicated HTC ImageChip for the camera. Not to mention that it comes with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the tailored for ICS Sense 4.0 user interface overlay.It also has a lot not going for it, especially if you frown at the trend of smartphones with non-removable batteries and lack of memory card slots for storage expansion.Can the compact design, premium chassis materials and powerful hardware overcome the sealed battery and lack of microSD card slot well enough for the HTC One S to avoid the “middle child” syndrome? Is it priced right for what it offers? Read on our review to find out...
The HTC One S is the second in command in HTC's new One series rankings, one rung down on the size and power ladder from the HTC One X. That's no bad thing because the giant scale and quad-core power of the One X won't be for everyone. Spec sheet top trumps are all very well when you're jawing off down the pub about who's got the flashiest phone, but most people prefer to have bragging rights and a mobile that fits in their pocket. That's where the One S comes in. This handset is fully loaded with the newest version of Google's Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latest HTC Sense software, plus a dual-core 1.5GHz chip and an 8-megapixel snapper. Did I mention it's also waif-thin? There's even a choice of fancy finishes -- either a black, carbonised ceramic coating that looks like it should be adorning the underside of an astronaut's boots or a snazzy gradient grey metal finish. SIM-free, the One S will set you back around £400, or it's available free on a two-year contract for as little as £21 per month. Alternative Android handsets at this price include the Beats Audio-branded HTC Sensation XE, the perennially popular Samsung Galaxy S2 or the 'acquired taste' LG Optimus 3D.
The HTC One S may slot into the midrange in the company's 2012 line-up, but HTC knows that it needs more than just average if it wants to reclaim its position in the smartphone segment. To do that, the One S delivers a slimline metal casing and ticks the big consumer draw elements of camera, screen and speed, with 8-megapixels, a crisp AMOLED display and 1.5GHz dual-core chipset brought out to play. Question is, does the One S deliver enough to distract from the heavyweight of the mainstream models, Apple's iPhone 4? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. The One S' slimline form-factor belies its 4.3-inch display, and indeed HTC tells us that - at 7.8mm thick - it's the company's thinnest phone to-date. That fact, paired with a narrow (65mm wide) and relatively long (130.9mm) body, makes for a phone that feels great in the hand, slim and sturdy thanks to the metal construction. Whereas HTC turned to polycarbonate to keep the One X‘s weight down, the 119.5g One S is clad in metal, and it feels every inch the premium product. HTC is offering two finishes for the casing, either a graduated metallic green or, as is the case with our review unit, a so-called micro arc oxidized shell that has been heat-treated so as to be scratch resistant.
When I first saw the HTC One series, in that top secret subterranean bunker where HTC likes to preview its phones, my attention and desire were immediately drawn by the One S. I didn't care about the 4.7-inch, quad-core One X and its supposed flagship position, I wanted to know more about its 4.3-inch ultrathin brandmate. That's no knock on the One X, which ticks all the boxes for a legitimate Galaxy Nexus competitor, but the 7.8mm thick One S offers a much more mainstream form factor and price point, while also being the thinnest smartphone that HTC has ever made. That sort of instinctive reaction is exactly what HTC is going for with its 2012 range of Android phones. It doesn't want customers to think of distinct tiers of devices, it's trying to pitch us options A and B — or One X and One S, in the company's vernacular. Sticking with the theme of singularity, however, most buyers will only have the budget to own one Android 4.0 handset, so which One should it be? Video review Hardware The phone's sides curve in from the rear toward the display, which reciprocates by sloping off the lateral edges toward the back.
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