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HTC Windows Phone 8S

Announced
Sep 19, 2012
Market status
Released

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)

Cons

  • No front-facing camera

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Description

The HTC Windows Phone 8S, the more affordable new Windows Phone 8 smartphone by HTC, has just been unveiled and it will enter direct competition with the Nokia Lumia 820. The HTC 8S has a funky design with a brightly colored contrasted chin and a vividly colored earpiece. The device is pretty light at just 113 grams. The hardware doesn’t shoot for the stars - instead it caters to budget minded consumers. We have a 4-inch WVGA (that’s 480 x 800 pixels) screen, a Snapdragon S4 chip with a 1.0GHz dual-core Krait processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage that you can expand via microSD cards. There is a removable panel at the bottom where HTC has placed the micro SIM and microSD card slots. The battery is not removable, though. HTC is including Beats Audio technology on this device to manage to differentiate itself in the Windows Phone arena. At the back, we have a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.8 aperture, recording videos at 720p. One sore omission is a front facing camera, so there is no easy way to make video calls and make use of the built in Skype client.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupWindows Phone 8
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.74 x 2.48 x 0.40 inches (120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.99 oz (113 g)
      the average is 4.7 oz (136 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 4.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 480 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 233 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • S-LCD
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Popup5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.8
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):
      • 35 mm
    • Features:
      • PopupAutofocus, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8627
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 305
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 512 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 4 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Capacity:
    • 1700 mAh

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  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback, Beats Audio
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
      • Internet Explorer 10
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+, Twitter

Technology

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 3.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3, T3
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 19 Sep 2012

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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

HTC Accord 16GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct HTC Windows Phone 8S specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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