The HTC One S is one of the several new smartphones announced by HTC at this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. It is one of the company’s new flagship devices, sporting an impressive spec list. In this article I will take a look at some of the phone’s key features.
The screen of the HTC One S is generously proportioned at 4.3 inches, and offers fantastic display quality. This is thanks to a high pixel resolution of 540x 960 which puts it just below the likes of the iPhone 4S, and Super AMOLED display. The latter produces great levels of brightness and wide viewing angles, whilst the pixel resolution ensures that all on screen content is displayed in the best possible detail.
Unusually for an Android smartphone from HTC, the One S does not incorporate a microSD slot. However, this is somewhat offset by a generous 16GB of internal storage which will allow users to comfortably store thousands of music tracks, along with photos, videos and downloaded apps.
In order to connect to the internet, the HTC One X uses the usual connection methods of 3G and Wi-Fi. The latter offers the fastest connection, along with the added bonus of less battery consumption and it does not use up your data allowance. The HTC Sense UI provides the internet browsing app, which, like other aspects of the UI, offers a number of innovative features. There is also the option to download alternative web browsing apps from Google Play, such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera Mini.
The quality of a phone’s camera is often a major factor when choosing a new smartphone for many people. The camera on the HTC One S is similar to that found on the previous HTC flagship, the HTC Sensation. It operates at 8 megapixels, resulting in excellent quality still images, and is enhanced by features like face & smile detection, autofocus and LED flash, along with the impressive ability to capture HD video footage whilst taking still photos. The maximum resolution of video footage on the phone is 1080p high definition, which is the highest available on any mobile device.
The HTC One S is one of the very few new handsets which already has the latest Android software installed. Version 4.0 of the popular platform, called Ice Cream Sandwich, offers numerous updates to the previous Gingerbread version. Its most publicised feature is the ability to unlock the phone using face recognition in conjunction with the front facing camera, which ultimately removed the need to enter a PIN or password to unlock the phone. The HTC Sense UI runs over the top of the Android platform, allowing users to customise the handset to a high degree.
Overall, the HTC One S is an impressive phone. It offers some of the best smartphone technology out there, so you are unlikely to be disappointed by the user experience it provides.