Announced earlier this month during the recent Mobile World Congress, the HTC One S is one of three new HTC One devices and together with the One X, it's HTC's second flagship device for the first half of 2012. Powered by a Qualcomm S4 dual-core Snapdragon CPU at 1.5 GHz, the HTC One S runs on Android 4.0.3/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is enhanced with HTC's brand-new HTC Sense 4.0 user interface. The device supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA+ (up to 21 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps) at 850/900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n (at 2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth aptX enabled 4.0. Furthermore it features the Android typical gyro and G-sensors, a digital compass as well as a proximity and ambient light sensor.
The HTC One S follow a long HTC tradition of unibody aluminum designs but it's now featuring a so called "micro-arc oxidized aircraft aluminum". The super sharp, crispy and flat 4,3" Gorilla Glas Super AMOLED touchscreen features a qHD (540 x 960 pixel) screen resolution and the 8 megapixel main camera with continuous auto focus, featuring a smart LED flash which determines the distance from the subject, a BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), a F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens which also allows to record 1080p HD videos. HTC's new Sense 4.0 software supports to capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video as well as a continuous shooting mode which captures multiple snapshots with a single tap. The video stabilization feature removes annoying and shaky motion. Not so fancy is the slightly underpowered 0.3 megapixel front facing camera which is nevertheless good enough for video telephony and chat. Quite typical for HTC's upper-class smartphones is the support for Betas by Beats Audio.
The One S requires a mico-SIM and doesn't support expanding the inbuilt memory of 1 GB RAM/16 GB of flash memory with microSD cards. However, One S users will receive free 25 GB of Dropbox online storage for two years which for instance allows to upload photos and videos automatically. The device comes with the now typical Android 4.0 button layout which features the home, back and most recently used keys. However, HTC's touch sensitive buttons are physically located bellow the screen, not like the Galaxy Nexus' virtual buttons. The micro USB port supports MHL-HDMI.
At a size of 130.9 x 65 x 7.95 mm, the HTC One S weights 121,9 gram only, including the non removable 1.650 mAh Li-Polymer battery.
The One S will be available in two colors, gradient metal (as pictured above) and black ceramic metal which features with a red camera bezel. The European launch of the HTC One S is expected for next week. In Germany and Austria it will retail for 499.00 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne