HTC One S
Front and back view of the ceramic black HTC One S, displaying the HTC Sense interface
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|First released||March 30, 2012|
|Availability by country||
EU: 5 April 2012US: 25 April 2012
|Predecessor||HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Sensation|
|Related||HTC One X, HTC One V|
|Dimensions||130.9 mm (5.15 in) H
65 mm (2.6 in) W
7.8 mm (0.31 in) D
|Weight||119.5 g (4.22 oz)|
|Operating system||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC Sense 4.1 overlay, Upgradeable to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense UI 4+ (Update to Sense 5 announced)|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A and Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8260 for Asia Version|
|CPU||1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Krait or 1.7 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Scorpion for Asian Version|
|GPU||Adreno 225 or Adreno 220 for Asian Version|
|Memory||1 GB RAM|
|Battery||1650 mAh internal rechargeable li-ion|
|Data inputs||ambient light sensor, digital compass, G-sensor, gyroscope, multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor|
|Display||4.3 in (110 mm) AMOLED with RGBG-matrix (PenTile)
qHD (540×960) resolution
covered with Gorilla glass
|Rear camera||8 megapixel (3,264×2,448) with autofocus, smart LED flash, BSI sensor, 1080p HD video recording|
|Connectivity||3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection
|Other||HTC Sense 4.1 user interface|
The HTC One S (codenamed Ville) is a premium smartphone designed and manufactured by HTC as part of the HTC One series which has Beats Audio and runs the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" mobile operating system with HTC Sense. Announced by HTC on 26 February 2012, the HTC One S was scheduled for official release on 2 April 2012. The first phones were sold on March 30. In the United States, the One S is carried by T-Mobile and Solavei.
Slotted between the low-end HTC One V and the high-end HTC One X in the HTC One lineup, the One S's specs and positioning are close to that of the flagship One X. The One S and One X sold in North America share the same dual-core processor, though the One S lacks LTE. The One S has an aluminum body and a 4.3-inch 960x 540 pixel (qHD) Super AMOLED display with PenTile matrix with a pixel density of 256 pixels per inch, compared to the One X's polycarbonate body and a 4.7-inch (120 mm) 1,280x720 pixel (RGB matrix) Super LCD 2 display with a pixel density of 312 pixels per inch. The One S's use of a PenTile display makes it more energy efficient and thinner than equivalent LCD screens, giving it better battery life than the One X. While their rear-facing cameras use identical 8-megapixel sensors, for the front-facing camera the One S has a VGA cam and video capture fixed at 640 x 480 resolution compared to the One X's 1.3-megapixel sensor with 720p HD video capture. In North America, the One S and One X are usually not sold by the same carrier, for instance T-Mobile and Telus offer the One S, while AT&T and Rogers sell the One X.
Note: This device has known issues that affected a large number of people. The home button will be defective and create a Helicopter effect on the screen so then the phone becomes unusable. HTC Is aware but it was deemed as a hardware defect possibly involving the antenna placement.
The One S is 0.31 inches (7.9 mm) at its thinnest point. The phone uses an aluminum unibody shell, with two finishes available - a black micro arc oxidized finish, and a light-blue to dark-blue gradient anodized finish (currently the only finish available through T-Mobile USA). HTC states that the micro arc oxidized finish makes the body five times stronger than the bare aluminium and the iPhone's stainless steel, although some users claim that the finish chips easily. The phone has a power/lock button and a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top, a volume rocker on the upper right side, and a MHL/Micro USB port on the upper left. Three capacitive buttons (back, home, and task switcher) are located on the front of the phone, below the display. There are two speakers, one on the front (serving as the earpiece) and one on the back. A two-color (amber and green) notification LED sits under the earpiece grille. The top piece of plastic on the back is removable and is where the phone accepts a micro-SIM card.
The One S's Super AMOLED display measures 4.3 inches (110 mm) diagonally, with a resolution of 960×540 pixels (qHD resolution) and pixel density of 256ppi, and is protected by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass. The display uses a PenTile RGBG subpixel arrangement.
The main camera has an eight megapixel, backside-illuminated sensor, an f/2.0 autofocus lens, and a single LED flash with five brightness levels. The camera can also record 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The camera uses a special image processing chip, the ImageChip, which HTC claims enhances image quality and allows for faster start-up and focus times (0.7 and 0.2 seconds respectively). HTC's custom camera software, ImageSense, includes multiple modes, including HDR, panorama, and burst modes, and also allows still photos to be taken while recording video. The One S also includes a front-facing camera with VGA resolution.
Processor and memory
One version of the One S uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A SoC (system on chip), which includes a 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 225 GPU, as well as an integrated HSPA+ modem, GPS/GLONASS module, Wi-Fi b/g/n radio, Bluetooth, and FM radio. The One S also features a standard array of sensors, including an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. The phone provides 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage; however, the phone lacks a microSD slot for additional storage.
In certain markets, such as Taiwan, India, and some European (usually Eastern European) markets, the One S uses the older Snapdragon S3 MSM8260 SoC, with a 1.7 GHz dual-core Scorpion CPU and Adreno 220 GPU. In some markets, both devices are available, notably the UK. The change is speculated to be caused by a shortage of Snapdragon S4 chips. The two versions have slightly different packaging, the S4 is model Z520e/Z520m and states "Processor: Dual Core, 1.5GHz"/"CPu Speed 1.5 GHZ, dual core, whereas the S3 is model Z560e and states "Processor: Dual Core".
The One S is powered by an integrated (non-user-replaceable) 1,650 mAh battery. HTC claims up to 10.5 hours of talk time and up to 13.2 days of stand-by time.
Like other HTC Android devices, the HTC Sense interface is present on top of the base Android system. The One S was launched with Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich", which was later upgraded to 4.0.4 in some markets. HTC has announced a 4.1 "Jelly Bean" update. A FAQ was created in November for people questioning Jelly Bean on their HTC Device. The update is said to be here anytime between now and by Q1 2013.
The HTC J is a Japanese smartphone with many of the same specifications as the One S, but has a larger 1810 mAh battery, microSD slot, and runs on WiMAX. Its unibody is also waterproof.
The One S Special Edition is a variant of the One S available only in Taiwan The scheduled release date for the UK and USA is March 2013. The Special Edition includes larger internal storage (64 GB, compared to 16 GB previously) and a white body; in all other respects it is identical to the standard Snapdragon S4-powered One S.
In the United States, T-Mobile USA is the exclusive carrier of the HTC One S.
In Canada, Videotron Mobile indicated that the HTC One S is "coming soon". Mobilicity added the device to its lineup on September 7, 2012 at a price of $499.99 when activated at the time of purchase. Wind Mobile started selling the One S on September 11, 2012. As of November 2012[update], the phone is also available through Virgin Mobile at a price of $399.99. Rogers Wireless has also sold this device and it is also in the current Fido smartphone lineup.
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