As both Microsoft’s Ballmer and HTC’s Chou reiterated throughout the launch, the official name of the HTC 8S is the Windows Phone 8S by HTC, as Google did with Asus, these new devices are putting the Windows Phone branding first and that’s thanks to a strong partnership between the two companies.
The HTC 8X may now hold the title of ‘official Windows Phone’ for Microsoft’s marketing plans, but the HTC 8S also has an important role to play, by trying to tackle the mid-range Windows Phone market which remains relatively untapped.
What features does it have?
The 8S offers a smaller screen, slightly lesser processor and smaller battery than its flagship brother, but it features some unique features all its own, including removable memory and two-tone colour options. In fact colour is a big part of the new 8X and 8S with four options available on the 8S: Highrise yellow & grey, Domino black and white, red with orange and blue with purple.
- 4.0-inch WVGA 800×480 LCD w/ Gorilla Glass
- 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB non-removable storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB
- 5-megapixel camera w/ f/2.8 wide-angle lens
- 720p HD video recording w/ stereo sound
- Dual-band WiFi with hotspot functionality
- 3G connectivity
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Beats Audio
- 113 grams
- 1700 mAh battery
What operating system does the HTC 8S run?
The arrival of the 8S as with the 8X, the Samsung Ativ S and the Lumia 820 and 920 all coincide with the recent announcement of Windows Phone 8. Effectively a fresh start for Windows Phone. Older devices won’t be able to upgrade to this operating system, so the 8S along with it’s fellow WP8 handsets are the first batch of a new generation of Windows Phone.
What are the alternatives?
The Nokia Lumia 820 is the most clear cut rival, also playing second fiddle to a flagship in its own right and also running Windows Phone 8. Elsewhere, the Android based HTC One S and Sony Xperia P or the iOS-toting iPhone 4S may be deemed worthy adversaries.
How much will the HTC 8S cost?
Unlocked-Mobiles.com have now offered the first hint of UK pricing with the Windows Phone 8S by HTC available for pre-order now, unlocked and SIM Free clocking in at £224.98, naturally that includes a two year manufacturer warranty too.
Where will the HTC 8S be available?
As HTC and Microsoft are keen to push these handsets into as many people as possible, they’re unlikely to opt for an exclusivity deal with a UK carrier. As such, both the 8X and 8S may well be available across all major UK carriers.
Three has confirmed it will be selling the HTC 8S, there’s no news on pricing or availability, but it’s ‘coming soon.’
When will the HTC 8S be available?
Again, based on Unlocked-Mobiles’ details, the 8S should arrival after its big brother by around mid-November, with the 15th being the site’s predicted date of availability in the UK.