Specs summary


The HTC One S's screen is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1650 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17.9 days standby time, 420 minutes (2G), 510 minutes (3G), 243 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

It makes a very compelling choice indeed as the best it offers at the moment.

- Brian Bennett , Cnet 

Reviews summary

Based on 35 reviews

Among HTC's release of its innovative and powerful line of smartphones in April 2012 comes the latest addition to the pack, the HTC One S. It is specially built for higher quality entertainment, integrating Audio Beats by Dre that deliver rich and authentic sound for playing music or games, and watching movies or videos.

Since its anticipated launch, the HTC One S put mobile photography on a higher level, away from just snapping photos. It has a dedicated imaging chip and an advanced image sensor that allow users to capture stunningly vivid and clear images even in low-light situations.

While featuring Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) as its operating system, the phone can take advantage of high-data transfer rates from 4G networks offered by Telus and Bell Canada. At first glance, HTC One S is as sleek as 7.8mm thick with a responsive 4.3-inch AMOLED display. It is equipped with an intuitive 8 megapixel camera and a 28mm wide-angle lens that allow users to capture every single scene with its continuous shooting mode and super-fast capture capability, without missing any important shot. The built-in video stabilization feature reduces camera shake that causes blurry videos, resulting in high-quality, full 1080p HD recordings. Internet speed can reach up to 21Mbps for 4G connection, while the phone boasts a triple b/g/nWi-Fi connectivity and can be used as a modem to tether signals to a laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled devices.

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As part of the company's aim to build stronger and more durable phones, HTC built the One S in a casing that is five times stronger than stainless steel through a special process called micro arc oxidation, transforming the aluminum casing into an ultra-durable space-grade metal used inspacecrafts. Hidden inside this tough shell runs an ultra-fast 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and a powerful GPU that enable the phone to launch multiple applications seamlessly and play the most graphic-intensive mobile 3D games without lags.

Despite all the good things about the HTC One S, it does not come to be perfect at all. One drawback of the phone is the lack of a memory expansion slot which only limits the phone to 16GB of internal storage space. Additionally, the phone's battery is not user-replaceable whichmeans that it needs to be hooked to an outlet or to a USB port more often when the battery runsdry after a whole day of usage. Overall, HTC One S is an intelligently designed phone featuring sophisticated mobility, high-class entertainment, and ultra-fast connectivity. Disregarding its imperfections, the phone is aperformer that could rival Apple's iPhone 4S or any Samsung Galaxy S series in many aspects.

Need to Know: HTC One S

1. Thin, sturdy, and elegant construction is truly top-notch with a sophisticated ceramic black and silver finish. (The Good)

2. Powerful 1.5 GHz dual core-processor with 1GB of RAM, sufficient enough to run any Android apps, including the most graphic-intensive games. (The Good)

3. Beats Audio feature delivers rich sound. (The Good)

4. Non-removable battery. (The Bad)

5. No expansion slot for additional memory. (The Bad)

Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


State of the art Android phone

from TelecomTiger
The HTC One S is a attractive phone with blazing speed 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. The 8 megapixel camera, Beats Audio sound technology, High Dynamic Range camera mode, Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich and HTC Sense 4 makes device simply superb in the segment. Though non removable battery, no micro SD card Slot and less battery life can let you think once more for this amazing phone... Full review
Android Authority

Elegant design, amazing display, and great camera

from Android Authority

HTC has done a lot of things right with the ultra-thin and lightweight HTC One S, with its optimal screen size, elegant design, amazing display, great camera, and software enhancements to complement the powerful hardware. The One S is available exclusively from T-Mobile, but I’m surprised that other network carriers haven’t picked this device up as a mid-range alternative to the HTC One X and its variations. This means that if the HTC One S is the device for you, you will have to switch to T-Mobile’s network. But if you’re an existing customer, you should definitely... Full review


Overall operation is fluid

from NDTV

Sporting a thin and attractive profile, a fairly decent processor and Android 4.0, HTC One S looks like an instant winner, but pricing is the main issue here. HTC One S is certainly over-priced. There is no HD display or quad-core processor here to justify such a high price.

The absence of the S4 processor from the Indian version is also going to hurt the One S, as it is likely to delay future software updates, as the company will now be releasing two different update builds, one targeted for the S4 version while the other for the S3 version.

At the end, it all comes d... Full review

What Hi-Fi

A smartly turned-out, solidly built, pocket-friendly slab of superlative smartphone

from What Hi-Fi
This is one of HTC’s flagship phones, and the specification proves far better in reality than it might look on paper. HTC’s take on the Android 4.0 OS is delivered at lightning speed, video playback is very good and music more than adequate. If you’re not smitten with the literal big boys in the Android family, the HTC One S could be the phone for you... Full review

This smartphone is much more pleasant and practical to hold than the much larger One X

from Brighthand
This smartphone is much more pleasant and practical to hold than the much larger One X. It offers the same software as the more expensive One X, with exceptional speed that even surpasses the One X. The price that those who choose the One S will pay includes a smaller screen and a lower screen resolution which, with the display's matrix, does not offer as sharp imaging as the One X does. Plus there's no microSD slot for expandable memory. Still, imaging quality is above average and in general, this smartphone's quality is also above average... Full review
Mobile Syrup

A consistently good performer with a fantastic form factor

from Mobile Syrup

The HTC One S, regardless of carrier, is a fantastic choice. It’s one of the fastest and most battery-efficient smartphones we’ve ever used. It runs the latest version of Android and an easy-to-use software package, and competes for the thinnest smartphone around. It’s well made (though we’d love to have seen the black microarc oxidated version in Canada) and robust with an aluminum body and Gorilla Glass front. It has great sound quality and connection speed for a HSPA+ device.

Our only complaints are in comparison to the larger One X: it lacks LTE and a hig... Full review

Expert Reviews

Slim and light handset with an excellent camera, Android 4.0, no memory card slot

from Expert Reviews

The One S isn’t as immediately impressive as the One X, but it's actually a better handset in many ways - thinner, lighter and with better battery life. It's still fast and comes with Android 4.0, and its camera is identical, but it also shares some flaws, notably the lack of memory card support and a swappable battery. The One S is available from £21 a month on a decent two-year contract, that's roughly £5 less than the One X. With that price difference, there's little to choose between these excellent handsets, though we narrowly favour the One X for its high-resolution... Full review


The hardware is truly impressive, super thin and light, and solid battery life

from TechCrunch

As I expressed during Fly or Die, I think the One S will owe a lot of its success to its carrier. T-Mobile is a fine operator and I applaud the company for trying to rebrand and build up its selection. But without any competition from the iPhone, the One S gets a bit of a freebie. It’s a fine handset, but it has no real wow factor, as I’ve mentioned over and over.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has its massive screen and an S-Pen (and might actually compete with the One S on T-Mo shelves), the Droid 4 has its superior physical keyboard, and the Lumia 900 (which also might be T-... Full review


HTC’s thinnest and most attractive phone

from Complex

At $200, you’re getting a sexy piece of hardware laced with great software, dope audio output, solid call quality, and a powerful dual-core processor that generates strong benchmarks. We can’t forget the insane 4G-like speeds, which is astonishing considering we’ve never encountered an HSPA+ phone that pulled such velocities. Most importantly, HTC’s new ImageSense technology pushes the boundaries of mobile photography and sets the standard for what cameras on new smartphones should perform. But as much as we praise the One S for being nearly impeccable, no smartphone... Full review


Light and durable, there’s not much this phone can’t handle, incredible camera

from Geek

If you are on T-Mobile and looking for your next smartphone, you won’t find anything better than the One S. The hardware design is light years ahead of HTC’s competition, and while I am disappointed in the lack of NFC, T-Mobile hasn’t really given that technology a whole lot of thought anyway, so it’s less likely to be useful to a T-Mobile customer.

Nothing on T-Mobile comes even close to competing with this phone, and hopefully that sends a clear message to HTC’s competition: they need to up their game. HTC’s Sense UI took an unfortunately turn f... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date April 25, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
1700/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.39 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1650 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 568 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 243 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
420 minutes (2G)
510 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 17.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Gradient Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 6.5 x 0.8 cm
(5.2 x 2.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 120 grams
(4.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Ville

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