While the mobile rumor mill has been focused on the upcoming summer release of Apple’s iPhone 5 as of late, the pace of development in Android hardware continues unabated. One of the hottest new models hitting the shelves is the HTC One S, an insanely powerful yet remarkably thin model that’s every bit as competitive as the iPhone 4S. It’s proof that HTC hasn’t rested on its laurels and is still the Android manufacturer to beat. Read on for a sneak peak at what the HTC One S has to offer.
Features and Hardware
As for internal muscle, the HTC One S comes equipped with a hardy 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage. The display of the One S is a gorgeous 4.3-inch, 960 x 540 qHD screen employing advanced Super AMOLED technology. The primary rear camera is an f/2.0, 8.0 MP unit capable of 1080p with Stereo Sound, while the front-facing lens puts out respectable 640 x 480 VGA. Lastly, the HTC One S is incredibly svelte at a mere 7.8mm thick.
Operating System & Apps
Like just about every Android released since the New Year, the HTC One S is equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The default UI skin is HTC’s Sense, which provides a smooth experience in everyday tasks. Aside from the operating system, the biggest selling point of the One S is the included software. Featuring Beats Audio, 25 GB of free storage from Dropbox, HTC’s ImageSense photo app and many more pre-installed apps, it’s ready for business from the word go.
Performance and Wireless
Early reviews and benchmarks tell us that the HTC One S and its dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU actually best the HTC One X and its Nvidia Tegra 3 in Quadrant, Linpack and Sunspider 9.1. If that sounds like Greek to you, rest assured that the dual-core chip in the One S is more than a match for a quad-core Nvidia processor. As for mobile coverage, the One S runs on T-Mobile and supports DC HSPA+ that’s good for a maximum speed of 42 Mbps down.
HTC’s hit train just keeps on rolling thanks to models like the HTC One S. It seems there’s no stopping the juggernaut that is HTC running Google’s mobile operating system. Android cellphones like the HTC One S are the primary reason why Apple’s smart phone market share has been slipping for the past year. At the moment, the HTC One S is basically one of the best Androids you can get your hands on.