Design and Specification
The first impression upon grabbing the HTC One S is how compact it is for a 4.3-incher. The handset's 0.3” (7.8mm) thickness makes it one of the slimmest and most compact Android phones out there, and the only place where the slightly curved design gets thicker is the 8MP camera lens circle protruding slightly on the back, hinting at an HTC design heritage. The lens's rim is blue in our anodized aluminum unit, and red on the black version with the ceramic metal coating. The One S is definitely a break from the Sensation line slabs, but as with all very thin phones, it is a bit fiddly to pick up when lying on a flat surface.
Camera and Multimedia
The HTC One S features an 8MP camera with LED flash and a dedicated HTC ImageChip, which circumvents the default chipset manufacturer’s DSP. The result is an extremely snappy, sub-second camera, when we refer to the amount of time it takes to start the app, focus and take a picture. The music player sports a polished interface with the works – cover art, tunes categorization, equalizer presets and visualizations. Since the HTC One S is a Beats Audio phone, we also get the plumped base sounds when listening to music through the headphones, but when it comes to the loudspeaker, we'd like to see more strength, not only a clear enough sound. It also sounds a bit flat, especially in the base department, not that we expected much else from a speaker in a 0.3” thin phone.
The HTC One S sports 42Mbps HSDPA radio, meaning that it will be able to take full advantage of T-Mobile's 4G network when it hits the carrier's shelves in an AWS version. It is also laden with a full connectivity suite – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, a joint MHL/microUSB port for hooking up TVs, and DLNA for wireless media streaming, but there is no NFC chip inside.
Battery and Storage
The 1650mAh battery inside the HTC One S is non-removable, and is cited for 7 hours of talk time and nearly 18 days on standby.. It holds itself up well, so you will be able to survive a day with modest to average usage.