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HTC 8S unveiled but fails to excite

Under: HTC, Mobile Phones
By:Gary | September 19th, 2012

Many of you will now be aware that Microsoft is currently working hard getting its next version of its mobile operating system ready for release in the coming weeks, and in the mean time we have already seen some new upcoming Windows Phone 8 hardware being revealed by Nokia. Today it was the turn of HTC, and it has unveiled the 8S but the device fails to excite with its specs.

After some earlier teasing the company has just revealed its line-up of Windows Phone 8 devices, and we have already told you about the HTC 8X, but the 8S as TechCrunch are reporting is being aimed according to HTC at the general consumer.

The handset is lacking a lot of features and it seems that HTC thinks the general consumer wants a device from last year, but repackaged as new. The HTC 8S is a long way off the company’s new flagship 8X as well as some of Nokia’s new handsets, and it is hard to imagine if many carriers could even give it away for free.

There is a 4-inch WVGA display that is protected by Gorilla Glass, while powering the device is a dual core S4 SoC clocked at only 1GHz with a paltry 512MB of RAM. Even when comparing these specs with other Windows Phone devices they fall short of a lot of them.

Storage wise you get only 4GB but luckily this can be expanded via the microSD card port and on the back there is a five megapixel camera that is limited to 720p video. While on the front there is no camera at all, and it is very doubtful that the 8S will have LTE compatibility.

It’s not the slimmest of smartphones either measuring in at a somewhat porky 10.28mm thick, and compared against the Nokia 820 it reminds you of a handset from last year. There was no news on pricing for the handset, but HTC did reveal it will be available in early November. When you consider the iPhone 4 can be had for as little as $99 now, it makes you wonder who would actually buy the HTC 8S.

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  • http://twitter.com/towbar0 Roger Marriage

    I’ll have one to replace my ageing htc Touch HD and HD2

  • Louis

    I’m currently eyeing one of these up due to the friendly price point and it will do everything i need it to do, not only that i wouldn’t need to be on contract so i would save £250+ per year over a contract with something like S3 or iPhone 5.
    My only comment is, i bet this will be looked at by a lot of none i must have the best phone in the world people but they may get put of by some of the colour schemes.

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