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T-Mobile branded HTC One S scores big on Quadrant; carrier gets 180 day exclusivity period

T-Mobile branded HTC One S scores big on Quadrant; carrier gets 180 day exclusivity period
The Quadrant benchmark test has become to smartphone fanatics what a batting average means to hardcore baseball fans. In other words, it is an imperfect tool to help you do a fast and dirty rundown of which handsets and players are better than others. The T-Mobile HTC One S was recently at bat, wearing the T-Mobile uniform. The device is expected to launch in the States via the nation's fourth largest carrier sometime this month with an unofficial date of April 22nd most recently cited. Considering that the 22nd is a Sunday, the more reasonable guess would be April 25th which falls on a Wednesday, when the carrier likes to release new models.

The HTC One S did very well on the Quadrant benchmark test

The HTC One S did very well on the Quadrant benchmark test

The HTC One S for T-Mobile scored a sky high 4729 on the Quadrant benchmark, showing the power and speed of the dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor under the hood. It seems not that far away when everyone raved about the Samsung Galaxy S II crossing the 3,700 barrier.

TmoNews also found out some very interesting things about the device. T-Mobile will apparently have a 180 day exclusive on the HTC One S. The model launching this month will have a blueish tint while a second model will be released in June dressed in black with red accents. The black and red colored variant will have a super strong body made using a process called "Micro-Arc-Oxidation". With this technology, HTC takes aircraft grade 6000 aluminum and strikes it with 10,000 volts of electricity. This causes an oxidation process that leaves a ceramic surface on the metal which is 5 times stronger than aerospace aluminum and 3 times stronger than stainless steel. As a result, HTC says that owners do not need to splurge on a case for the model.

Those who buy the HTC One S can take the money they save from not having to buy a case and use it to buy Beats Audio earbuds. As you know from being a loyal phoneArena reader, an HTC executive said that the Taiwan based manufacturer will no longer fill smartphone boxes with Beats Audio earbuds. This means that the iconic red earphones will be a secondary accessory purchase for those who want them. The good news is that the source for TmoNews said that the Beats Audio headphones are "very impressive" on the phone and a step above traditional earphones.

source: TmoNews

From the side, you can see not only how thin the HTC One S is, but also view the blue tint of the first units to launch
From the side, you can see not only how thin the HTC One S is, but also view the blue tint of the first units to launch

From the side, you can see not only how thin the HTC One S is, but also view the blue tint of the first units to launch


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posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:50 3

1. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


4700 isnt amazing...ive seen the phone score 5000 on phonedog

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:56

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'd rather see AnTuTu scores. that's where i place my stakes now.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 14:01

33. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


The One S scored over 7000 on antutu

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:03

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, that's a little more realistic.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:59

7. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


and then you compared this score to the one the galaxy S2 got on the OLD quadrant...ya it makes a lot of sense

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 01:02

8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


...wait. what are you talking about? xD

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 09:33

19. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Quadrant was updated to better support multi-cores like month or two ago

I'm still getting 4.2k~4.4k on quadrant with the note running stock speed

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:03

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i know.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 17:46

44. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


he is comparing the score the One S got...to a score the Galaxy S2 got..on the OLD quadrant

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 19:32

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


so what's your point? the Galaxy S II gets around the same thing on the new Quadrant anyway. o:

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 11:34 1

22. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Then the S2 wasnt amazing

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 13:53 3

31. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The S2 was amazing last year. The specs are good, but considering whats coming out right behind it, they are not great any more. This is 2012, not 2011. This is the year of A15s and quadcore madness.

The Exynos quadcore 4212 is 2x as fast as the exynos in the S2. That makes it nearly 2x as fast as this phone, and its only a few months away at most.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 04:28 1

59. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Where did you hear it is 2x faster.. Samsung said themselves that it is 26% faster and 50% better at saving battery

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:52

2. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


180 day exclusivity!?! That's 6 months! This phone will be out of date by then! It sucks because it would be the perfect phone for my girlfriend on AT&T. I also think it would be a good fit for my girlfriend on Verizon. I was planning on buying one for each of them but now it appears that I won't be doing that anytime soon :(

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:58 4

5. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


you do know that there would be variations of the phone...like there is likley going to be a droid incredible version. that exclucivity is for the One S ONLY, not its variants

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:59

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Verizon will still launch the Droid Incredible 4G which i'm convinced will be LIKE the One S. it figures. HTC's 2 flagship phones from 09-10 each being updated by a variant of their new, flagship ONE series.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 03:03 6

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You have 2 girlfriends?

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 05:19 8

13. medicci37 (Posts: 716; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Yeah Right. If your trolling PA at 2a.m. on a Saturday night, I doubt you have a girl. Good imagination though.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 09:06 1

17. shinywindow (Posts: 69; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


well said fellow nerd.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 09:31 2

18. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Okay, so I only have one girlfriend. But I can still troll while she's sleeping :)

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 11:35

23. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Look at what Verizon did with the GN. Dont complain.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:04

36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


they gave up offering a Galaxy S II variant in exchange.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 00:55 2

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it'll certainly be T-Mobile's best phone for a minute. the only downside to this phone i think would be Sense. o:

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:44

51. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Sense is more beautiful than touch wiz

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:52

55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


matter of opinion.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 03:51

57. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


But on low end phones sense is slow

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 09:40

60. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


on most phones Sense is slow in comparison to other overlays out there.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 01:03 3

9. chocobosandwich (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


I remember reading the blue one was not micro-arc oxidized and only the black one is. The Beats buyout/partnership was a really stupid move. Now there's an ugly logo on the back of HTC phones. The Beats headphones are not included. The Beats audio is just your run-of-the-mill base boost that even my old Creative mp3 player has, by changing to a bass heavy equalizer setting. Now they want you to buy Beats accessories that are probably overpriced and not as good as a real set of headphones from a more reputable brand? The whole Beats thing has been stinking of fraud and marketing BS since day one. I am on T-mobile and I would be all over this phone if it had a Super LCD2 (IPS) like the HTC X and V. Too bad it has this ugly penTile AMOLED, which really does ruin the whole package for me, and I know my AMOLEDs, since I've literally owned 4 Samsung phones with them, starting with the Samsung Wave with BADA. Ugh.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 01:49

10. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


you can always buy some good ones and turn the beats equalizer on them . That also makes me wonder whats the blue one made of if not micro arc oxidation

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 04:07

12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4109; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Probably just regular anodized aluminum.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 10:23 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i love my amoled .. pentile and all. Beats are designed for bass heavy rap and nothing else. You are paying a fortune for the logo and bass boost. Sounds like it would be a perfect fit for iPhone peeps.lol

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:06 1

37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i'm really fine with SAA. pentile is really not as big a deal as it's worked up to be, especially to people that decided the trade-off was worth it and just got used to it. i actually wouldn't mind having me some Beats Audio. what can i say? the heavy marketing wore off on me. xD

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:46

52. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


The screen on the razr and the nexus looks fine on full brightness and note too
But not too sure of the gs1

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 13:27 1

30. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


The blue one is anodized aluminum which feels like ceramic, just like the Lumia 900. Black one, yes it is oxidized, feels like that soft touch plastic

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:46

53. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


So black on is better ?

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 04:25

58. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


I would say the black one.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 06:27

14. Allen3697 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I hate carrier exclusivities :/

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 07:13

15. Galen20K (Posts: 517; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


well the iPhone was an Exclusive for Att for what, three years?! now THAT was ridiculous....

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 07:45

16. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


WOW AMAZING!

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 10:26 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Look the S4 quads are a smidge above an exynos.. just like I said. A15 Equivalent .... in it's dreams..

Its hard to be right all the time. Lol

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 11:36

24. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Might as well just wait for sgs3 to drop.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 12:04 2

25. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


was there ever any reason to not wait for the SGS3? :) :) these pretenders aint got nuthin on the G3 :)

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:48

54. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


My next phone is gonna be the HTC OneX
Yes I know android wasn't the best OS out there but I don't care after playing with 1 last Saturday

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 01:53 1

56. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


so why isn't Android the best? xD

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 12:17

26. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


How is a 1000 higher with higher resolution a little?

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 12:25

27. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


... When you consider the one s is running on ICS and a newer quadrant test optimized for multi core while the gs2 was on gingerbread and old quadrant it nowhere close to 1000 more like 400 aka a little higher....

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 12:32

28. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


The new quadrant different is a 100 or 200. The One S also has higher resolution then the SGS2. S4 is better then what this guy is giving it credit for.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 12:37 2

29. biophone (Posts: 1896; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Resolution is no where as important as the software. Considering all the factors the s4 is slighty betteer then the exynos and is spon to be murdered. Not to mention its crappy gpu.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 13:55 1

32. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The new quad, when running dual cores and ICS is much different than the old Quad and gingerbread. the old quad couldnt compensate for the extra cores, the new quad can.

Also, if you look at the score, it has a massive I/O score. Anyone who has ever heard me bitch about samsung messing with benchmarks is because they messed with the I/O.
Dont get me wrong, the chip is strong and its good, but its not the best of the best of 2012. In fact, its nowhere near it.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:13 2

40. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the S4 is actually capable of delivering some pretty impressive I/O scores. that's where nearly all of it's improvement lies. o:

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 16:41 1

42. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it has solid numbers for its CPU, but the GPU is still not where it needs to be and that i/O is crap. Maybe its real, maybe they are inflating them. Either way it has negligible real world performance impacts.

What happened to the S4 cheerleading team that used to get pissed when i told them this was gonna barely be better than the exynos and quickly eclipsed? so silent :(

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 16:49

43. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i doubt i'll be impressed with my hands-on treatment.

i don't know. i don't get their devotion to Qualcomm. they're obviously bad. xD

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 18:16 2

45. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lolz.

i just love the fact that we can nitpick these processors which at this point in time are all pretty good.. but there is all going to be a "best" and a "worst". maybe qualcomm just likes always being in last place. lol

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 19:35

47. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, anything beyond OMAP4 will really do anybody just fine for their Mobile needs of today. xD

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 21:12 1

48. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i am still waiting for my starwars style holo projector. i figured wed have them by now darn it. help me,remixfa.. your my only hope! lol

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:46

50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


xD we're not that far away from gesture support at least. we can get our Minority Report on.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:10

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this S4 is a dual and the sad thing is it's possible the architecture may have given it an A-15 like boost. just look at how much better it is than the S3. xD

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:12

39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5647; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh i just realized you meant quads as in the benchmarks not the SoC...

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 15:34

41. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I wonder if ICS also plays a roll in how high this score is.

posted on 08 Apr 2012, 22:02

49. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Big quadrants don't make for a good phone. Surely only idiots would believe in that crap.

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