Jul 11, 2013
→ HTC Windows Phone 8S Specifications-11 JULY 2013
No one's had any reason to question HTC's commitment to Windows Phone. The Taiwanese have been on board since the heyday of Pocket PCs, helping Redmond quickly man a nascent WP7 army. Now they're back in the thick of it for the next generation of the platform; this time with a smaller, more focused squad.
In the couple of the so-called signature WP8 devices, the HTCWindows Phone 8S is playing second fiddle to the 8X. The current flagship however, didn'tquite convince us it had what it takes to put real pressure on competing platforms or stand up to the other big fish in the small pond that the Windows Phone market still is.
Fortunately, the HTC Windows Phone 8S has little of that to worry about. Not only is it the most affordable of WP8 smartphones, but it keeps a safe distance too from the Android heavyweights. We don't think that much pressure will be felt either from the iOS end. So anyone keen to try Microsoft's latest on a tight budget is seemingly already in the loop and the 8S has a chance of winning over some converts too.
HTC Windows Phone 8S
*.Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
*.Dual-band 3Gwith 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support
*.4" 16M-color S-LCD capacitive touchscreenof 480 x 800 pixel resolution
*.Scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2 display
*.5 megapixel autofocuscamera with LED flash, 720p@30fps video recording
*.Windows Phone 8 OS
*.1GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm S4 chipset, 512MB of RAM
*.Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
*.GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support
*.4GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card slot
*.Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
*.Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
*.Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
*.Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR, file transfers
*.Impressively deep and coherent SNS integration throughout the interface
*. Xbox Live integration and Xbox management
*. HTCexclusive apps
*.Beats audio enhancements
*.Non user-replaceable battery
*.App catalog falls short of Android and iOS
*.No front-facing camera
*.No FM radio
*.No system-wide file manager
*.No voice-guided navigation
Granted, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC (as the smartphone's official name goes) has the least capable hardware of all WP8 smartphones, but a dual-core Krait CPUdevice with the new-generation Adreno 305 GPU is not what we'd call underpowered.In fact, while the top dogs of its platform have to face Android rivals with double the computing power, this one is actually playing against equals.