It appears as though the HTC One S will be offering a change of pace by utilising an older, 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor in certain markets, instead of the Qualcomm S4 chip the phone launched with.
The most notable aspect of the HTC One S is its processor. The 1.5GHz Krait dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset allows for excellent battery life from a smartphone of the One S’s size and spec, without crippling performance. The HTC One X by comparison has a similarly impressive hardware résumé, however the hungry quad-core drains battery with alarming speed.
Another advantage that the HTC One S has over its larger brother, is that in markets such as the US its dual-core architecture means that it can support carries with LTE networks, a feature currently unavailable from any quad-core phone on the market. This has turned out to be both a blessing and a curse for the S4 chipset used by the HTC One S, as demand for the phone is so high, chip makers Qualcomm has been struggling to meet demand.
In response to this, HTC has confirmed that in some markets across Asia and Europe, variants of the HTC One S will become available which use an older Snapdragon S3, clocked at 1.7GHz. HTC assure consumers that this won’t affect the performance of the One S in any discernible fashion, but for some, just knowing that they’re using lesser hardware than the device is capable of supporting, will be enough to put them off.
As pointed out by The Verge, HTC will list the new One S with the S3 as having a 1.7GHz dual core processor and it is this specification in stores and online, that consumers will have to look out for if they specifically want one model or the other.
We’ve reached out to HTC to provide us with a detailed list of which markets may be receiving the S3-powered One S, so we’ll update the piece as soon as we find out.