HTC 8S Review: A Windows 8 Smartphone
We are lucky to hold this smartphone and explore the specs, features, design and display of this device. And now we have brought you the HTC 8S review that will give you an idea about whether or not this smartphone will worth your money or is just seeking attention. Read further to know what this smartphone has to offer to you and whether or not it serves your interests and requirements well.
Design and Display :
HTC has launched two new Windows 8 based smartphones – HTC 8X and HTC 8S, both look very appealing and come with bigger screen and slimmer design.
If we don’t look after the inside configuration and power, then this phone can be termed as a hit, more because it has sleek body, bigger display, beautiful look, and range of attractive color choices. This Windows Phone 8S presented by HTC is launched along with HTC 8X smartphone that claim its first Windows Phone 8-based handsets.
If we focus our attention towards design, the phone stands in competition with Sony Xperia U and HTC One V. One thing that must consider is 8S which didn’t get the same slimness like its sibling 8X, but its edges make it look thinner and elegant. The sleek finish at 120.5 mm by 63 mm makes 8S a decent looking device. The phone fits comfortable in hand and weighs 113 grams. The most important thing is that this device does not look cheap and worth a lot for its material used, color choices and look. In this matter, we remember Sony Xperia Neo L is a moderate range smartphone (18K), but carries glossy plastic rear which attracts complete finger prints, making it a cheap looking device from back.
Apart from the desing, the phone has got 4-inch display which sports WVGA 800 by 480 pixels resolution and features three soft buttons – Windows, Back and Search on the color bar or below the screen. The buttons of this phones are easy to use and do not make you force your fingers over them.
Coming back to the display, we can say that it offers clear visibility and sharp pictures like those of high-end smartphones in the market. However, 8S is not really vibrant like its brother 8X, still it is perfectly acceptable due to its affordability.
The 8S is equipped with 4 GB internal memory capacity which can be further expanded up to 32 GB.
The phone features power/lock key, a 3.5 mm headset jack that is positioned at the top of the phone, volume rocker switch as well as a dedicated camera button is placed at the right side of the device, microUSB port, microSIM slot, microSD slot that can be accessed after sliding off the rear cover, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and all those standard features that are commonly available on all smartphones these days.
The phone is also equipped with a powerful 5 megapixel camera that is supported by single LED flash for better photography. The camera supports 720p video recording and also offers f/2/8 aperture. In fact, HTC has improved its 35mm lens for better quality picture. More interesting is its dedicated physical shutter button available at the side of the device that instantly launches camera app and lets you click pictures.
Windows Phone 8S is run by a powerful QualComm S4 dual-core processor that clocks at 1 GHz. The CPU is backed by a 512 MB RAM and an internal 4 GB memory.
We’d expect the 1GHz dual-core S4 processor and 512MB RAM to run Windows Phone 8 without too much of a fuss, however as we were only able to access the lock and home screens on the HTC 8S, you’ll have to wait for our updated hands on review to find out how it gets on.
One of the biggest disappointments for the users would be no access to its battery under the hood. The phone has got a powerful 1,700 mAh Li-Poly battery which cannot be accessed by users. Still, you get a run for the day with proper level of usage. The separate colored body at the lower end of the phone gives access to both SIM and microSD after removing its cover from rear. This small lid can only be opened, but the upper cover remains fixed forever.
Price, Availability and Rivals :
Both the phones, HTC 8X and HTC 8S are expected to go on sale on November and the Windows Phone 8S will be sold with two-tone color options. So, you get graphite Black, California Blue, Flame Red, and Limelight Yellow. The HTC 8S price is currently unknown, but all we can say right now is that it is a mid-range smartphone that stands in the competition next to Sony Xperia U and HTC One V. The phone will be available with major carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in U.S. Besides, expect the phone to be available soon in Asia Pacific and Europe.
This is obvious to say that as per moderate range this phone is a good choice, but unless you hear expert reviews, do not rely on it. It is mostly seen that smartphones lag, their touchscreen get irresponsive or apps does not run well. There are various reasons that make a newly launched smartphone a big flop. So, trust on yourself and buy if you are instantly planning to buy this new Windows Phone 8 based smartphone that has got amazing look, good design, quality camera, and power.