HTC 8S 

Released September, 2012
  • Windows Phone, 8
  • 3.5G
  • 4"
  • Dual core 1 GHz
In fact, you can't even touch the screen when you're filming as that immediately wraps up the shoot.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2012)
After all, the smartphone still has the great build quality, the light weight and the wide array of available colors going for it, so some good marketing can probably do wonders for it.
by GSM Arena (Nov, 2012)
7.2 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the HTC 8S

Performance

Processing power and speed

HTC 8S
8.0
iPhone 5s
10.0
BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

HTC 8S
n.d.
iPhone 5s
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

HTC 8S
6.4
iPhone 5s
6.3
Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

HTC 8S
6.9
iPhone 5s
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com and pocket-lint.com

7.2

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

HTC 8S
7.2
iPhone 5s
8.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the HTC 8S

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

HTC 8S
1,661
iPhone 5s
3,621

Reviews Word on the street for the HTC 8S


7.5
Bright spots get overexposed at times, but there are no glaring white balance issues, and the p hotos are sharp.

7.0
In that sense web browsing on the HTC Windows Phone 8S is a pretty pleasant experience.

Overall

6.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The camera interface doesn’t stray from the typical WP8 menus and options, allowing you to adjust contrast, sharpness, exposure, saturation and so on.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2012)
Spread over 4.3 inches, it's easily as sharp as Apple's retina display, which no longer appears to be anything special by modern standards.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2012)
Sunlight legibility is good, if unspectacular - the S-LCD2 is rather reflective, so it can't really take proper advantage of its good brightness here.
by GSM Arena (Nov, 2012)

Apps

Reading through new emails • only unread emails • email folders • popular email services are supported.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
Nothing much to see here, the installed games are arranged in a square grid and there's a 'Get more games' shortcut, which launches the Windows Store.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
And as well as that, you can download individual apps for your social networks too so it really is easy to access anything friends with iPhones or Android handsets can.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2012)

Camera

Above it you'll find the 5 megapixel camera lens, while below it there's a logo for 'Beats' audio, below that a speaker and below that the coloured stripe.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
Despite only having a 5 megapixel lens the camera is capable of taking some fairly decent photos.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2013)
The image quality is pretty good for the class with excellent brightness and very good contrast.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)

Video

Overall, it's largely a vanilla Windows Phone 8 interface, which we've previewed for you in the following UI video.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
The app also shows top headlines, cool movies and videos.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
Videos features all, television, music videos, films and personal - think of them like more as categories you can assign your videos to when syncing with Zune.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)

Carrier

The Store is organized into three main sections - applications, games and music.
by GSM Arena (Nov, 2012)
Under the album art it lists the next three songs to be played - really helpful if you're using shuffle.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
The third workaround are carriers - if HTC manage to get good deals on their smartphone, then the day is saved.
by GSM Arena (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 4"
Resolution 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Windows Phone, 8
App store Windows Phone Marketplace
Adobe flash support No
App store size 120,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth

form factor

Weight 113 g
Thickness 10.3 mm
Size 63 x 120.5 x 10.3 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 0.5 GB
Internal storage 4 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 5 MP
Resolution 5 MP
Flash Yes
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 3.5G
Networks
  1. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  4. HSPA (14 Mb/s)
  5. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  7. EV-DO Rev.A
  8. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Capacity 1,700 mA·h
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