(Updated: The original post stated that the HTC One S sold locally have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chips as was stated during the launch. We have been updated that the One S units that are here use the older dual-core Snapdragon S3 chips running 200MHz higher at 1.7GHz. The post has been updated to reflect this.)
In late April of this year, HTC launched the HTC One family which included the top-of-the-line One X and the affordable One V. What was missing at the launch was the mid-range One S. That changed today as HTC launches the One S.
The HTC One S is a dual-core smartphone using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S3 processor running at 1.7GHz. It is a tad smaller than the One X at 4.3” but it still uses the Super AMOLED display and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
When HTC announced the One series, it touted that the One series would have exceptional multimedia capabilities. With that, the HTC One V comes with Beats Audio for audio. It also has an 8MP camera using HTC ImageSense technology and a fest f/2 lens.
On the software side, the One S runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s UI overlay Sense 4.0. You also get 25GB worth of online storage for two years courtesy of DropBox.
First impressions on the One S are good. It is thinner than its bigger brother, the One X and flatter because it doesn’t have the huge lens from the rear-camera of the X. In terms of performance, it is, once again, comparable to the One X. There are no slowdowns and to be honest, hard to see the difference between the dual-core processor of the One S against the One X’s quad-core processor.
The metal finish of the One S gives it a nice high-end solid feel. Speaking of the solid feel, the One S is also shock-resistant on its own.
The HTC One S should be available now for PhP26,990.