Feb 26 AT 4:37 PM Nick Gray 50 Comments

HTC One S announced – heading to T-Mobile this spring with HSPA+ 42 Mbps support


We’ve seen all the rumors and now HTC’s official announcement at Mobile World Congress has confirmed every single one of them. The HTC One S is the thinnest phone ever produced by HTC and features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, amazing 8 megapixel camera which can capture video and images simultaneously. You can see a full list of the handset’s specifications below.

The HTC One S will be heading to dozens of service providers across the globe, but it looks like T-Mobile will be the only one offering the phone this spring in the US market. Pricing details and launch dates are not yet available, but we should be hearing more about that in the near future.

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HTC One S specifications

  • CPU Speed: 1.5 GHz, dual core
  • Platform: Androidâ„¢ 4.0 with HTC Senseâ„¢
  • SIM card type: microSIM
  • Memory1: Total storage: 16 GB, RAM: 1 GB
  • Network2: HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Sensors:
    • Gyro sensor
    • G-Sensor
    • Digital compass
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor
  • Connectivity:
    • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
    • Bluetooth with aptX® enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
    • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
    • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • Camera with ImageSenseâ„¢:
    • 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
    • F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
    • 1080p HD video recording
    • 1.3 megapixel front camera (720p for video chat)
    • Dedicated imaging chip
    • Capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video
    • Continuous shooting mode captures multiple snapshots
    • Auto flash smartly determined by distance from your subject
    • Video stabilization feature removes annoying, shaky motion
    • High quality slow motion video capture and playback
  • Sound enhancement: Beats Audioâ„¢
  • Audio supported formats:
    • Playback: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
    • Recording: .amr
  • Video supported formats:
    • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
    • Recording: .mp4
  • Battery: 1650 mAh
Show Press Release
BARCELONA, SPAIN — Mobile World Congress — February 26, 2012 — HTC, a global designer of smartphones, today unveiled its new HTC One series of smartphones that represent its most premium mobile experience with a new level of iconic design and amazing camera and authentic sound experience.

“The best moments in life are captured with a photo or remembered by a song, so it was key for the HTC One series to improve these emotional experiences with an amazing camera and authentic sound experience,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are very focused on creating a camera and audio experience customers will love and use often and we believe the HTC One series delivers this in a way never seen on a phone before.”

With HTC’s most premium experience, the HTC One series integrates Android 4.0 (ICS) with HTC Senseâ„¢ 4, the new version of HTC’s branded user experience that is introducing HTC ImageSenseâ„¢, a new suite of camera and imaging features that set HTC One apart from other phones.  HTC Sense 4 also includes broad enhancements to audio quality and simplifies how people listen to music on their phone.

Amazing Camera
With ImageSense HTC One rivals traditional digital cameras with improvements to every part of the camera, including the lens, the sensor, the software, and even integrating a new custom HTC ImageChip. These enhancements combine to deliver our fastest image capture, best image quality under adverse conditions and easiest interface that enables quick access to capturing stills and videos with side-by-side photo and video capture buttons.

  • Superfast Capture - HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture those key moments. In just 0.7 seconds you’re able to take a shot, and with a new superfast 0.2-seconds autofocus, continue to take nearly unlimited continuous shots simply by holding the shutter button.
  • Good photos in adverse conditions - HTC One delivers dramatic enhancements in image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X and HTC One S offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes HDR, a market-leading technology, for taking great photos even when there are varying levels of brightness.
  • Video Pic (Concurrent Video/Still Capture) — With Video Pic you capture a photo and shoot video at the same time.  Now, while you’re shooting HD video, all you have to do is tap the shutter button and it snaps a high-resolution still photo while the video continues to shoot.  You are also able to capture a photo frame from a previously recorded video.
  • Dropbox integrated with HTC Sense - HTC One gives you an easy way to save and share your photos and videos. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 enabling HTC One customers to get 25 gigabytes of free Dropbox space for two years. That’s enough to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. Dropbox is also integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it’s easy to edit, save and share your documents and other kinds of files.
  • Sharing your photos and more - HTC One gives you a new way to share your photos and videos. When you plug in HTC’s wireless Media Link HD* accessory into your TV’s HDMI port, you can easily share your photos, videos, or anything else on your phone with your friends, family or colleagues regardless of the television’s brand as long as it has HDMI.

Authentic Sound
With HTC One, Beats By Dr. Dre Audioâ„¢ integration is enabled for the first time across the entire experience for richer, more authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTubeâ„¢ video or playing a game.  HTC One also makes it easy to get and listen to your music on your phone with the built-in HTC Sync Manager software that automatically installs to your computer when connected. Once connected, it is easy to transfer songs, artists and playlists from your music library.

Of course, people today no longer just listen to the songs stored on their phones; they use streaming services and tune into Internet radio. So HTC One lets you customize the new Music Hub with your favorite services and music applications, like the latest Soundhound technology, giving you one place to go for all of your music.

HTC One lets you take all of your music anywhere, including the car. With HTC One, you get an easy way to bring your mobile music to your car’s sound system with the HTC Car Stereo Clip*. It also lets you connect to your music through more than 50 thousand online radio stations worldwide or play music from any service or app on your phone through your car speakers.  All this makes HTC One the one place to enjoy all your music, wherever you are, with the power of Beats By Dr. Dre Audio and HTC Car.

The HTC One S is for people who want a high-end smartphone in a more compact size. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU’s. It also includes a 4.3-inch screen crafted from contoured Corningâ„¢ Gorilla Glass. HTC One S brings HTC’s innovative metal unibody styling to a new thin 7.9-mm design, making it HTC’s thinnest phone yet.  The HTC One S sports two new finishes that break new ground in mobile phone innovation.  The first is an ultra-matte black Ceramic Metal surface that is the result of a microarc oxidation (MAO) process originally developed for use in satellites. It transforms the surface of the aluminum unibody into a ceramic, super-dense crystalline structure that is four times harder than anodized aluminum, enabling the HTC One S to look great over time. The second finish for the One S takes anodizing to a new level with a new patented process that creates a light-to-dark gradient fade that looks gorgeous and sophisticated.

Global Availability
With unprecedented excitement, the HTC One series will begin shipping in April with broad global availability available beginning in April through more than 140 mobile operators and distributors globally.  For more information and to pre-register for HTC One visit www.htc.com.

HTC One Series

Europe, Middle East and Africa - A1 Austria, BH Telecom Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bite Lithuania, Bouygues Telecom France, Cellcom Israel, Cosmote Greece, Cosmote Romania & Global Bulgaria, Cyta Cyprus, E-Plus Germany, Elisa Estonia, Elisa Finland, EMT Estonia,  Euroset Russia, Everything Everywhere UK, H3G Austria, H3G Denmark, H3G Ireland, H3G Sweden, H3G UK, KPN Netherlands, Turkcell Turkey, LMT Latvia, M-Tel Bulgaria, Meteor Ireland, Mirs Israel, Mobilezone Switzerland, Avea Turkey, MTN Cyprus, Netcom Norway, O2 Germany, O2 Ireland, O2 UK, Omnitel Lithuania, Orange Austria, Orange France, Orange Israel, Orange Poland, Orange Romania, Orange Slovakia, Orange Switzerland, Pelephone Israel, Play Poland, MTS Russia, SFR France, SiMobil Slovenia, Sunrise Switzerland, Svyaznoy Russia, Swisscom Switzerland, T-Mobile Austria, T-Mobile Croatia, T-Mobile Czech Republic, T-Mobile Germany, T-Mobile Hungary, T-Mobile Macedonia, T-Mobile Netherlands, T-Mobile Slovakia, TDC Denmark, Tele2 Estonia, Tele2 Latvia, Tele2 Lithuania, Telefonica Czech Republic, Telekom Slovenia, Telenor Denmark, Telenor Hungary, Telenor Montenegro, Telenor Norway, Telenor Serbia, Telenor Sweden, Telia Denmark, Telia Sweden, TIM Italy, Tusmobil Slovenia, Vipnet Croatia, VIP Mobile Serbia, VIP Operator Macedonia, Virgin UK, Vodafone Czech Republic, Vodafone Germany, Vodafone Greece, Vodafone Hungary, Vodafone Ireland, Vodafone Italy, Vodafone Netherlands, Vodafone Romania, Vodafone Turkey, Vodafone UK, Wind Greece  North America: AT&T, Bell Mobility, Best Buy, C-Spire, Cellcom, Fido, Metro PCS, Bluegrass, OpenMobile, RadioShack, Rogers Communications, T-Mobile USA, Target, TELUS, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Mobile CanadaLatin America: Cellcom,  Claro Argentina (América Móvil), Claro Perú (América Móvil), Claro Puerto Rico (América Móvil), Entel Chile, Iusacell México, Movistar Chile (Telefónica), nTelos, Telcel México (América Móvil), Telecom Personal Argentina, Telefónica Brazil,  Asia-Pacific: AIS, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile (TD-SCDMA), ChungHwa Telecom, 3HK, CSL, DiGi, DTAC, Fareastone, Globe Telecom, Indosat, M1, Mobifone, Maxis, Optus, SingTel, Smart, Smartone, StarHub, Taiwan Mobile, Telkomsel, Telstra, Viettel, Vinaphone, Vivo, Vodafone Australia, Vodafone New Zealand, XL Axiata, TRUE

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    This will be mine. Time to tell cousin to hook it up :)

    • sunrise

      Are you okay with only 16GB total on board memory and no microSD expandable slot? That’s not enough memory for me.

      • inviolable

        I’m more than fine with 16gigs on a phone. There’s nothing I need on it that would take more than that. No SD card is one thing, but the storage would mostly be apps. Any video, photos, and music I have on it would only be there temporarily.

        • AnthonyRyan

          16GB is perfect i have a 16gb in my sensation and i still have 12-11gb left to use so im perfectly fine with it this wll be my next htc phone !

      • Vance

        I wonder if they think the 25gb free dropbox storage compensates for the lack of expandable memory. I already live mostly in the cloud so I’m not terribly worried. More worried about not 1800 mAh or better battery

        • WTF

          Drop box is not a solution when the carrier charges so much for data. It is only a solution if TRUE unlimited data from carrier and no 2 year expiration on drop box.

          • delinear

            Depends on your needs – I was worried about 16GB and no SD on the Nexus but in reality I use my phone most for heavy data transfer either at work or home, both of which have WiFi, and if I really need to download while I’m out and about my contract has unlimited wireless and I’m usually no more than 5 minutes from an access point. I’ve yet to reach even 25% of my monthly data cap, and I’m only on 750MB.

          • LukeT32

            Agreed. And using wifi is not an option in my opinion. What is the point of 4g if my data isn’t unlimited so I’m stuck using wifi which of slower.

            The only plus is it should bring the price of the phone down a bit

      • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

        Thanks for pointing that out. Now I’m really not excited for this phone…I need a minimum of 32GB space on a phone.

      • DROID Sam

        I’m fine with the storage. I have a 32GB card in my phone now, but I only have about 10GB of content stored on it.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Yummy~ What a sexy beast. I love the blue accent on the camera @u@

    • Galen20K


  • Vance

    Guess this will be my phone. I prefer the OneX and am a little nervous about the battery in the slim but if tmo is only going to have the One S then I’ll gladly pick it up!

  • Galen20K

    the *Hotness**!! Even tho this isn’t 720p I still don’t mind qHD for one more phone PLUS the design of this imo is so much Sexier and sturdier than the One X with the very same Killer Processor and I like the 4.3″ screen size better than 4.7″. T-Mobile went with the right decision to carry the lighter colored version with the baby blue accents around the camera, very attractive. – )

    • Laz

      It’s different processors brosef. One X is a quad core tegra 3.

      • Galen20K

        not the US version, its the same as the One S “bro” ; )

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane

    Mmm, can’t wait for the price on this bad boy to come down and go tmo prepaid.

  • Tico4674

    Tiny battery!

    • DROID Sam

      By what standards. There are only 2-3 other phones with bigger batteries on the market and lets not forget that the S4 chip is a loooot more power efficient than older S3 chips.

  • dcormier

    “Audio supported formats:
    Playback: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)”

    Wait, so HTC removed FLAC support? This is an example of why I don’t buy phones that manufacturers and carriers have run through the grinder.

  • Marcofromda510

    Wanted the one x on t-mobile but I’ll settle for the one s. Can’t wait flit it to come out. So by the looks of it, the whole one series will have no memory slot? So will there be different phone models with different memory sizes for the one s? I already use a 16gb, memory card and it’s pretty much full. If I could buy one with 32gbs I’d be happy to get it, even if it’s another $50 more. Love the black model with red camera accent too by the way.

  • revs

    im sorry i love htc only phones ive ever used besides a brief stint with droids on verizon

    but they have seriously dropped the ball here
    this phone is severely dated

    theres absolutely no diffrence between this and my sensation
    except my sensation has n sd card
    and ugly
    what a joke
    t mob n htc are frustrating me more each day

  • spazby

    Great phone

  • Zeratoda1

    nice phones but not what i want now. Since i got the Sensation last year and im going to wait out my 2 year contract which expires in 2013 and what’s coming out in 2013? LTE for T-Mobile i’ll just hold out for a HTC LTE on T-Mobile. The sensation will keep me satisfied for the next year and half.

    • revs

      there no diffrence between the 2 crappy phones

  • Laz

    Yea T-Mobile! Keep announcing these phones it makes me feel much better about my decision to get an unlocked galaxy nexus a few weeks ago.

    • Maximus

      U and i both I currently have the Nexus S and have had it since Last year Dec 16 when it Launched (Unlocked)

      Was really Tempted to buy the Galaxy Note even though im a Avid Vanilla Android Supporter thinking that my T Mobile Contract was up June of this year but my contract doesnt expire until next year so im just going to get the Galaxy Nexus but i like to draw and the GNote was so tempting especially with the Wacom Style S Pen

      HTC phones all look the same to me so im not really interested in any of them

    • BiGMERF

      I agree.I’m not impressed so far

  • Yoyoma

    Yo what’s the difference between the s4 htc one x and the s4 htc one s. aside from display and size and lte what are the differences?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Besides the display size and resolution, the only difference is width and build materials (poly-carbonate on the One X versus Aluminum on the One S).

  • MrMrMan

    I love how T-Mobile consistently picks the inferior phones. This phone is trash.

    • Perry

      “trash” is a bit harsh don’t you think? It might not have the specs “you” want but I wouldn’t go as far as calling the phone trash.

      I agree the non removable battery and no SD card might be deal breakers but to some people those specs dont matter. I myself would like an sd card and removable battery so I would not get this phone regardless of how sexy it looks

  • Ironzey Lewis

    Dear HTC,
    We’ve been together since the G1 days. I remember how you would light up every time opened your hinge. I remember how life changed when the Nexus One showed up at my door. Finally I had a companion that was pretty enough to sit on the table next to the fruit phone. Maybe because things were so good I went with eyes closed to get he Sensation.

    It seems now that we are going to have to break up because well you are stuck in 2011.

    Samsung has been whispering dirty things in my ear about all the things I can do with NFC. Moto is so skinny, but you know I like mine with a little more meat, that one will last all night (and day) long. Your 4.3 inch screen used to seem big to me, I’d call it a solid C cup. Well, I just saw some double Ds walking down the street and to be honest I want to put my hands on them.

    It’s time we parted ways.

    Love, Ron-Z

    p.s. You may be able to win me back as my contract is up in about 18 months.I’m open to remaining friends, but for the foreseeable future I’m going over to Samsung’s place.

  • Hall Lo

    The color matchings on the phone is really good. It actually looks good, and I love S4. The only down side is the 16GB memory with no microSD slot…
    The battery should be fine since S4 should be not quite battery hungry…

  • slimx30

    qHD pentile? why Htc why? Im going to have to pass on this phone now. what a disappointment cause the phone looks really nice.

    • DROID Sam

      Thinking the same thing. I was planning on getting this phone, but now that there are rumors abotu a G series version of the One X on T-Mobile I may have to wait for that.

  • MrMrMan

    I like how people ranked me down, but they can’t give a single reason why anyone should be excited about this phone. This phone is clearly inferior to the One X and T-Mobile has yet to pick up a single marquee phone in the past year. I swear this company sucks.

  • Nathan D.

    Cool phone but the screen Res and no micro SD slot what really bother me because my music is on Google music but some of my music I keep in my SD as well as my many pictures. So I rather have one x then this for just those two reasons.

  • Wunako

    this will most this will most likely be my next phone hopefully it comes out next month (one can hope) the accent on the camera is dope it might just be me but im loving the design it looks extra clean i was hoping for a bigger screen but i mean well i guess i can live with 4.3, either way the one S is gonna hold me off till TMo launches their LTE.

    im still not crazy about the sense but ill learn to live with it, get bored and then root likel

  • dVyper

    These phones can’t come out soon enough!

  • Dennis Petrospour

    Big time HELL no to this phone. No quad core. No sd? No 720p screen? NO THANKS

  • hector manzanarez

    Really qhd? And only dual core. I swear mobile wants me to wait till the fall to pick up a gs3

  • AnthonyRyan

    The only downside of this phone will be the battery of this phone I’m a heavy phone user but It’s not stopping me from getting this when it comes out

  • Darkseider

    Meh. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the LG 4XHD to come to T-Mo as the LG G4X. With ICS it will be ballsy enough and if it gets the same dev support as the G2X it will be the premier handset on T-Mo unless Samsung throws in a last minute surprise.

  • jimmyB

    I know everyone has their preferences, but I think people have expectations set way too high. People complain about battery life and yet they want a quad-core processor which consumes battery at a faster rate. they want a 720p display and yet developers will probably take 18 months to update the current most popular apps to size appropriately and then there’s the whole memory issue which would probably not be an issue at all if people actually looked at how much storage they currently use. How many of you actually have a 32GB microSD card in your phone right now?

    • MrMrMan

      I use more 16 GB on my Nexus One now. It’s not enough space.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    Though it’s not perfect, I’ll be buying the HTC One S for T-Mobile. It will be an incredible upgrade from my T-Mobile G2. I’ve been using a QWERTY device for 3.5 years now, but i think I can finally say that it’s no longer a necessity.

  • Android buggle

    This phone sucks! Samsung’s Galaxy S III is going to demolish the HTC One lineup.