HTC One S announced – 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0, coming to T-Mobile


While the HTC One S is not as beastly as the just announced HTC One X, it holds its own and has all the functionality that its bigger brother sports. The HTC One is a slightly more moderate device for those that don’t need a quad-core phone or a huge display, but still want a strong, good-looking smartphone.

The HTC One S looks much like a smaller version of the One X. It features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch display, 16 GB of internal storage, Android 4.0 (with HTC Sense) and the same 8 MP camera and 1.3 MP front shooter that its bigger brother holds.

We are reaching a weird point in technology, and don’t know if we should call this a mid-tier device. These specs would have been high-end just a couple of months ago. But the fact is that this device will definitely hold its own. It might not be a quad-core phone, but those specs are still stunning.

It also features Beats Audio, an amazing camera, and even those 25 free GB of Dropbox storage. If you are looking into purchasing one of these, T-Mobile has already jumped in line to bring it to the US. It should be available this Spring, and will come with HSPA+42 connectivity.

So if you have been wondering what T-Mobile phone to get next, this is definitely one to consider.

T-Mobile Brings HTC One S to the U.S.

T-Mobile’s Thinnest Smartphone Delivers an Amazing Camera, HD Video Capture and Beats Audio™ Integration, All Running on America’s Largest 4G Network®

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Feb. 26, 2012 — Today at Mobile World Congress 2012, HTC announced the upcoming availability of the HTC One™ S, with T-Mobile® as the premier launch partner in the U.S. Expected this spring, the HTC One S is T-Mobile’s thinnest smartphone (7.95mm), featuring an ultra-sleek, aluminum unibody design. The next smartphone to take advantage of 4G technology (HSPA+42) running on America’s Largest 4G Network, the HTC One S is T-Mobile’s first product to ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense™ 4.

With access to T-Mobile’s fastest network speeds, the HTC One S allows for a high-quality entertainment experience, which is also enhanced by Beats By Dr. Dre™ technology. The Beats Audio integration in the HTC One S is enabled for richer, more authentic sound when consumers listen to music. The HTC One S also makes it simple to get and listen to music, with Google Music pre-loaded on the device for easy cloud-based access to the user’s personal music collection.

“We’re thrilled to partner with HTC on the launch of its new HTC One series of smartphones and to bring the HTC One S to the U.S.,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With the HTC One S, we’re not only delivering on our promise to bring leading-edge technology to market but are continuing to provide customers with the best 4G entertainment experiences from listening to high-quality music to streaming high-resolution movies.”
Consumers increasingly expect smartphone camera technology that offers the ability to capture life’s moments with high-quality photos and videos – and the HTC One S delivers. Joining
T-Mobile’s best-in-class lineup of advanced camera smartphones from HTC, the arrival of the HTC One S marks the introduction of HTC’s new amazing camera experience that rivals traditional digital cameras. With the introduction of HTC ImageSense™, improvements are brought to every part of the 8-megapixel camera, including lens, the sensor and the software. Camera enhancements include:

· Superfast Capture – The HTC One S dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture those key moments, with an estimated 0.7-second shot time and a 0.2-second autofocus that allows for nearly unlimited continuous shots.

· High Quality Photos in Adverse Conditions – The HTC One S delivers dramatic enhancements in image capture quality even in adverse lighting conditions. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One S offers amazing low-light performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones.

· Concurrent Video/Still Capture – HTC One S lets the user capture a shot and shoot video at the same time – perfect for capturing life’s moments as they happen. While shooting 1080p HD video, consumers just need to tap the shutter button and the device snaps a high-resolution still photo while the video continues to shoot. Consumers can also capture a still from a previously recorded video.

“People take photos on their phone more than any activity other than making phone calls, which is why we improved every part of the camera experience on HTC One S,” said Jason Mackenzie, president, global sales and marketing, HTC Corporation. “We’re thrilled to bring our combination of our premium design, amazing camera and authentic sound to T-Mobile customers in the U.S.”

The HTC One S will be one of the fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G Network, with access to T-Mobile’s fastest 4G (HSPA+ 42) speeds, currently available in 175 markets, reaching more than 180 million Americans. Equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor by Qualcomm®, the HTC One S delivers powerful performance while Web browsing, streaming movies and watching TV shows on the device’s 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED touch screen.

The HTC One S is expected to be available this spring from T-Mobile at retail stores, select dealers and retailers nationwide, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com. For more information, visit http://htc.t-mobile.com/one/s-4g-phone or http://www.htc.com/us/products/htcones-tmobile.

[Source: HTC]

Edgar Cervantes

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  1. same old tired, dated, clunky EVO-derivatives with gimmicks and bloat.

    Chou is flying his company into a mountain. i predict more pain for shareholders.

    1. Are you on crack? What about this phone is “tired” or “dated”? And what about it resembles the EVO in any way, other than the fact that its an HTC phone? If you’re trying to troll, you’re doing a terrible job.

      1. HE MEANT SENSATION …THIS IS THE SENSATION 2 …or 1.5 b/c the sensations prolly better with its expandable memory 

  2. If it has an S4 processor it’s high-end. The only else I would want with this is a 720p screen resolution

    1. Yea, no offense to edgar, but is he an idiot or something? This is just as high end as the X,,  It has the new S4 (which is arguably better than the tegra 3 in many benchmarks), it has a super amoled (which is arguably better than s-scld) and it looks waaaay nicer than the X. Sorry edgar, you’re a dumbass

      1. Yeah there’s not a huge difference between the S and the X.  In fact, the construction is BETTER on the S.  It’ll be HTC’s first amoled screen in a while, plus hspa+ 42 is nothing to laugh at.  There’s more of that then at&t’s LTE.

      2. 4.7″ vs. 4.3″
        1280×720 vs. 960×540
        Qualcomm MSM8960 vs. Qualcomm MSM8260A

  3. htc.com says 16gb memory for both the One X and One S. No microSD either(yes/no)? Are they crazy?

    One X

    One S

    I hope htc.com has a mistake, then again you have 16GB listed above also. What is the official word on the microSD slot?

    1. I want you to think about the shift in technology in the past few months.  Now I want you to think about the progression, and ideology as well over the past few months.  If manufacturers like HTC lose their conduits to differentiate themselves, and make money, i.e. no Sense UI, their options shift to making a wide range of the same phones with different capabilities.  They’ll make a lot more money on the same device if it has 16gb of internal memory as opposed to one with 8gb, and even more on a 32gb and so on.  It’s not going to click with people till Apple drops the iPhone 5 in 32, 64, and 128gb sizes -and people rush out to buy them.  The game is changing.  Now, all that hypothesis aside, to answer your question, “Are they crazy?” Well, would you really be surprised?

  4. is this a joke ??
    cuz im pretty sure t mobile has TWO of these exact phones
    ones called the sensation the other amaze
    wtf t mobile !

    1. Nah. Those two phone are better than this because they have expandable memory.

    2. This has a Snapdragon S4. It has Android 4.0. It has the ImageChip camera technology. It is only 7.9 mm thick. It has a unibody design. What about this makes it exactly like the Amaze and Sensation?

      1.  my crap sensation is gettin 4.0 next month has a unibody
        is pretty thin also and try and compare a photo of the two phones  they look identical !
        both fugly
        but i can tell you my sensation has expandable memory and a removable battery ++
        and the amaze is just better than both

        htc has gone so down hill thaty im seriously considering one of the new hewaie phones or w/e theyre called those are good looking appropriately specd phones
        1.5 ghz QUAD CORE 2500MHA BATTERY !

        1. Ummm, S4 Krait is faster than NVidia’s quad-core and improves battery life. Besides the missing SIM and NFC, its a great phone. It’s even the first HTC to introduce Super AMOLED, and qHD at that. I also own a sensation, and while its a good phone, this one owns both it and the amaze even lacking features.

    3. hspa+ 42 modems on your device gives you lte like speeds on T-Mobile’s network.  In some cases beating out verizon lte.  The build quality on this phone is supposed to be like something we’ve never felt before according to the hands on reviews.

  5. Lol HTC this is a joke. Bye bye. Hello Samsung.

  6. S4 makes a big difference. Its an A15 processor.

  7. This is the only HTC device ive been interested in in a loooong time

  8. so the screen is sd not hd right?

    1. it’s qHD with super amoled.  It’ll look exactly like the droid razr display.

      1. ok 540p is not bad but not what some people are looking for, 720p is considered hd and what people want, including myself.

        its above sd and below hd its qHD i get it.

        1. I agree.  I think a 4.5 inch screen is more deserving of 720p though.  That gives you 330ppi beating the “retina display” of the iPhone with 326ppi.

  9. wow, very nice phone, i just wish it had a hd display, that would make it perfect for me.

    will wait and see what kind of battery drain the one x will have, quad core and a 4.7″ screen might be a bit much

    1. 4.3 inch with qHD is a decent amount of ppi and then you have super amoled.  Expect it to be like the Droid Razr display.

      A 4.5 inch phone with 720p is where it’s at.  330ppi  Huawei is supposedly coming out with one.

      The Super Amoled, Snapdragon S4, HSPA+ 42 are going to be ginormous batterry SAVERS over the lte powered htc one x.

      1. “ginormous battery SAVERS over the lte powered htc one x.”
        I guess this is an attempt to say T-Mobile’s HSPA+ is better than LTE technology because of battery usage?

        Well, that argument can be thrown out as LTE is now integrated onto the chip.

        The At&t HTC One X will be using Qualcomm’s MSM8960 S4 with integrated LTE. Unlike the current slew of available LTE phones on the market, the integrated LTE on the S4 chip will result in “ginormous battery savers.”The argument that T-Mobile(GSM carrier in US without LTE) is better because they save battery by running on HSPA+ versus LTE is basically dwindling away with these new generation of processors with built in LTE. I might remind you that T-Mobile will have LTE by the end of 2013, what will the argument be then? “T-Mobiles LTE saves battery over Verizons LTE-Advanced!”

        The HTC One S which will be coming to T-Mobile is also using a S4; however, it is Qualcomm model number MSM8260A. Essentially a MSM8960 without the built in LTE.

        With these new generation of processors with integrated LTE and overall energy efficiency, the gap between LTE and HSPA+ energy usage is narrowing. LTE pros outweigh the cons. Actually, there aren’t anymore cons with these new chips.

        1. But that’s dumb! Isn’t T-Mobile going to start setting up a LTE network soon?

        2. You’re right in saying there’s less battery consumption on the new integrated LTE chips.  HOWEVER, LTE will still kill battery because voice will still travel through gsm/cdma/umts/hspa+ radios and data will travel through the LTE radio.. there’s still more power consumption than straight voice and data through HSPA+.

          T-Mobile has recently introduced new IMS-based WiFi Calling on the HTC Amaze 4G and the Galaxy S II.  This is different than their previous UMA and Gan-lite offerings.

          If you read up on IMS, this is basically what is going to be used for Voice over LTE and T-Mobile has it functioning ALREADY.  What reason would T-Mobile have to revamp how WiFi Calling works from the ground up when it already works quite well?  It’s wouldn’t be too crazy to predict when T-Mobile launches LTE, they will have it voice enabled at launch.  The new WiFi Calling on the Amaze and GSII is integrated into the OS, it’s not an app anymore all Tmo would have to do is flip a switch to get IMS wifi calling work though an LTE connection.  Both WiFi and LTE are data only connections.   

          T-Mobile has also been making it’s entire network IP based over the past year.  So the moves they have been making may one day allow a hand off of a call between hspa, wifi, and lte.  But that’s just speculation.

          BTW, I have not seen ANY commitment from Verizon that they are interested in LTE-Advanced anytime soon as you have said. It’s T-Mobile’s CTO himself who said they would launch with LTE release 10 (lte-advanced)

          Verizon and At&t will probably have Voice over LTE too at some point, but T-Mobile has a huge advantage in this network tech.

          1. On a grand scale nobody cares about WiFi calling. Only T-Mobile cares as they use it to compensate for the shortcomings of their technology and network. People want a strong network with strong technology, nobody wants to depend on their broadband/dsl provider to fill in for T-Mobiles gaps with WiFi calling.

            People are interested in a superior network and superior technology. You are trying to completely discredit LTE and the networks that use the technology by summarizing it as a battery hog.

            LTE is the present and future. Both Verizon and At&t have it now while T-Mobile still doesn’t. I can understand how an avid T-Mobile customer as yourself feels the need to constantly reassure everyone that HSPA+ is somehow better, but the truth is that T-Mobile would be on LTE too if they had the available resources.

             These new chips and larger battery capacities will insure all day use on blazing fast LTE. What more do you want? An extra 40 mins on the slower HSPA+ network? No thanks.

          2. WiFi Calling IS a great technology.  Despite what you’ve been brainwashed to think with the $$$ billions Verizon and At&t pay for their marketing, their networks are NOT perfect.  There are TONS of places where T-Mobile gets better signal than both of them.  T-Mobile is a national wireless provider, to think otherwise makes you deluded. 

            My apartment for instance, gets no at&t signal… great T-Mobile signal though.. too bad my at&t buddies can’t utilize WiFi Calling, that would sure come in handy with almost the triple amounts they pay monthly than the average T-Mobile user.  I guess its such a silly little feature, right?  They can just catch up on their missed text message and calls when they go home.

            There are some fundamental truths to the wireless industry as a whole:




            Sure, T-Mobile developed WiFi Calling for better indoor signal penetration.  Again, this is something every carrier has issues with.  Verizon, at&t, and Sprint all offer the femotcell solution.  Of course, you can’t take a femtocell everywhere.  The real question you should be asking is with all this talk of WiFi offloading and network congestion, why DON’T Verizon and at&t offer WiFi Calling?  It would be the perfect way to alleviate network strain, don’t you think?  At&t themselves peppered NYC with various WiFi hotspots just to spare the load on their cell towers.  Here’s why:  Verizon and At&t still to this day make lots of their money from land line services.  The land line, to businesses, is still more reliable than a cell phone.  At&t and Verizon get paid on hard wired land line data and they get paid again for telephony through that same hard wire.  If they lost all the revenue they intake from land lines tomorrow that would be huge blows to their businesses.  Things like VOIP and T-Mobile’s WiFi Calling are THREATS to that revenue.  Those are two things if Verizon and At&t implemented the only thing they would see from it is declining revenues.  T-Mobile has no land line business, so they have no vested interest in protecting the land line.  These are businesses, although WiFi calling is innovative, no one makes money off it.

            Now for LTE.  T-Mobile, Verizon, and At&t all supported LTE when the standards were finalized.  T-Mobile did not have the spectrum at the time to deploy it.  What ended up happening was when Verizon and at&t were knee deep in working to get LTE deployed, their were advancements in HSPA+ technology by Nokia Siemens and various other groups internationally because hspa+ is used vastly across the world.  So basically, T-Mobile got lucky. T-Mobile literally lucked out at the last minute and released a network upgrade path that would have eventually increased hspa+ theoretical speeds to 672mbps over the course of a few years.  This standard would have been known as LTHE (long term HSPA evolution).  This would have been able to integrate with LTE and give backwards compatibility to all hspa devices.  (This was all pre att merger mode)

            This is part of my argument why I think HSPA+ is better.  You don’t need to buy a new device to benefit from the network upgrade.  You get faster speeds the faster your theoretical is on your particular device but if your theoretical speeds in your market double you’ll start seeing closer to the theoretical speeds your device is capable of.Now let’s looks at some facts here.  Considering any user would tell you there were vast speed increases  from HSPA+21 to HSPA+ 42.  You would think pending HSPA+ releases like 84 and 128 would eventually chrun out better performance than what Verizon’s LTE network is doing today.  If you read up on HSPA+ the future releases cut latency in half and can all be evolved on existing spectrum.  

            Another way to look at things is that I’m sure if it was possible for Verizon to scale up speeds of Evdo RevA on CDMA to 42mbps, they would.  It’s not possible to evolve their technology further so they had to invest in a new one (LTE).  Regardless, Verizon won the marketing war making everyone believe LTE was a vastly better technology when it’s really just ANOTHER technology.  T-Mobile will use the spectrum it’s getting from at&t to roll out LTE-advanced.  Hopefully, they keep evolving HSPA+ too.  Provided two separate people are getting great signal with their respective carriers there’s nothing one of them could do better on LTE than the other on HSPA+ 42.

  10. while the s4 chips seems great the new ti A15 chip @ 2.5 ghz  dual core will smoke all of the above by alot. the only true threat will be next gen Samsung chips.

  11. Are these s4 A-cortex 15?

  12. Only 16GB of internal storage with no microSD card slot is a deal breaker for me. And since I know someone will inevitably try to start going on about cloud storage, that is worthless for a great many reasons pertaining to lack of signal. (Flying, underground, getting throttled, etc, etc)

  13. One? How about the HTC XTC O!

  14. People in this blog is crazy? Why so negative comments and comparison between a “mid range” phone and high-end-hyped-quad-core-with-no-significant-real-world-performance-increase-until-at-least-a-year phones?

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