HTC 8S hands-on

HTC 8S hands-on
If high-end isn't your kindly thing, then the recently announced HTC 8S seems like it'll fit the bill, as it sports one compact figure and attractive design. Call it the baby HTC 8X, which it seemingly does, there are still many alluring elements about the smartphone to keep its bigger brother some company.

Sporting a very similar boxy look from the front, much like the 8X, the most notable thing about the design of the HTC 8S that differentiates it, is the painted strip that's located towards the bottom edge. Aside from that, we can clearly say that it employs all of the distinct and funky design characteristics of its elder sibling to make it a pleasant looking offering. Additionally, it helps that it's easier to hold in the hand thanks to its considerably more compact form factor. And lastly, you can't deny that the vivid color options available to the handset makes it stand out more.

Packing along a 4" WVGA (480 x 800) Super LCD screen, it's nothing particularly impressive, but nonetheless, it's adequate enough to enjoy – especially when its color production is on the vibrant side. In the greater scheme of things, it would've been nice if HTC somehow blessed the handset with a higher resolution, since we're starting to see mid-range devices sporting qHD resolution. Then again, the lower resolution might help to lower its price point significantly over its fuller sibling in the HTC 8X, but still, it seems oh-so two generations ago at this point.

Underneath the hood, there’s nothing that’ll wow most people in this day and age, though, it’s more than sufficient to handle all of the intricacies found with the Windows Phone 8 experience. Specifically, it’s tucking away a 1.0GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU with 1GB of RAM, and with that in tow, it should provide enough horsepower to accompany most actions with instant executions. However, just like the HTC 8X on display at HTC’s event, we’re unable to check out its processing prowess seeing that we’re limited to nothing more than checking out the Windows Phone 8 Start screen.

Rounding things out, this small bundle of joy packs Beats Audio support to deliver some engrossing tunes through its 3.5mm headset jack or internal speaker. Moreover, there’s a 5-megapixel camera in the rear that features an F2.8 aperture lens – though, it’s strangely lacking a front-facing camera for some odd reason. Certainly, it makes us wonder about the omission, especially when video chatting is increasingly being adopted by people.

It’s quaint in size, but still attractive thanks to its clean industrial design. Sure, it’s not a pencil pusher in the hardware department, but if it’s able to commit to a smooth performance in all aspects, while maybe sprinkling a dash of cool features with its UI, maybe the HTC 8S might make itself a known figure in the mid-range category. Alas, pricing will no doubt dictate if it’ll live or die – so let’s cross our fingers and hope that HTC can somehow make it a tempting offer that’s hard to refuse.

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Windows Phone 8S
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh



1. kathrene

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

it looks amazing nice work

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Sloppy autofocus of camera ruined it...

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm started to DIG HTC WINDOWS phone they have colorful phones like NOKIA. wish they can do that with ANDROID TOO.

4. keron

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

heyyy!!!! why they didn't announce the one x+ & the phablet?????

5. Android1

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

May be it wasn't the right time but desperately waiting for HTC DIx

6. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Cute,nice,imaginative design but there is not front camera...What's a huge fail.Microsoft phone without Skype.Seriously?:)

7. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

This is a brillant design, love the colors, love the design. Good job HTC>

8. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

nice htc xperia "u" got there

9. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

is this a decent first smartphone i cant really get anything better, will it suit me for at least 2 years

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