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Overview of HTC One S


The HTC One S is the mid range device in the HTC One Series of smartphones. It is not quite as powerful as the HTC One X but more powerful than the HTC One V.

In reality the HTC One S is a very capable phone and will service your needs very well appealing most to those who need a powerful smartphone but do not necessarily need features for which one would pay a premium, but do require something more powerful than a normal mid-range handset.

Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor the HTC One S is no slouch and will handle multi-tasking and even mobile gaming.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is installed on the device. The very latest operating system means the very latest features and best performance to date. A smooth, fluid and more interactive interface Android 4.0 has been customised further with HTC Sense to work better for you. Deeper integration and small enhancements make the whole user experience that little bit more fun, intelligent and rewarding than other Android smartphones.

Interact with the HTC One S through the 4.3” touchscreen display. Manufactured with Gorilla Glass (so it is scratch resistant) and whether it be emails, web browsing or movie playback images appear crisp and bright whilst intelligent technology works to keep battery life usage to a minimum and adjusts the backlight to your conditions.

16GB of internal storage gives more than enough space for music, video, pictures and other media; but if it is not quite enough another 25GB of cloud storage provided by Dropbox for FREE (for 2 years) should clinch the deal.

Share content from the phone to the cloud or other web based services such as Twitter and Facebook, from the HTC One S using the 3G data connection or via WiFi, it is your choice.

An 8MP camera with amazing camera technology, HTC ImageSense goes beyond point and shoot, allowing you to take amazing pictures in any conditions. You can instantly capture shots without delay, take excellent photos in low light and take multiple shots with continuous shooting. You can even snap a picture while and after shooting HD video, so you will never miss a photo again. Record the scene and capture your photos later.

This is undoubtedly the best camera on an HTC phone to date, offering a range of advanced features, as well as some simple yet highly effective improvements.

Take a picture in just 0.7 seconds from a locked device. Functions such as quick focus, the ability to snap photos from HD video, continuous shooting, automatic burst mode and dual capture buttons for photo/video are simple features, but contribute tremendously to the overall camera experience of the HTC One S. Also included with the HTC One S is an industry leading F2.0 28mm wide angle lens, meaning the camera performs superbly in low-light conditions. A proprietary HTC image chip allows for fast processing of photos/videos and an auto-adjusting flash provides 8 different settings to produce the most natural looking photo in any given situation. There’s also auto-tracking so that the subject remains in focus even when moving, plus a front facing camera for video calls.

Built-in Beats Audio™ technology provides an authentic studio sound and creates an enhanced listening experience, whether it be for YouTube, Netflix or your downloaded music and videos. This is complemented perfectly by the 25GB of free cloud storage that is provided by DropBox (for 2 years - charges apply after this time), which enables you to have all your files, music and photos with you when you’re on the go.

GPS street level navigation, Bluetooth and HD video out via micro-USB (separate cable required) are all included in a device that weighs just 119 grams with a 1650mAh battery to get you through the day.

A blend of performance, style and functionality the HTC One S is a capable phone that stands proud in the HTC One Series range.

Features of HTC One S

  • 8MP Camera with HTC image Chip
  • 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Beats Audio™ Technology
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense
  • 25GB Dropbox storage free for 2 years
  • 4.3" display
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS & 3G
  • 130.9 x 65 x 7.95mm (8.7 with bump)
  • 119g
  • 1650 mAh

What's in the box of HTC One S?

  • HTC One S
  • 3 pin UK mains adaptor
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Stereo headset with in-line mic and call connector (not Beats headphones)
  • Quick start guide and reference material


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Custom SkinHTC Sense
  • Speed1.5GHz Dual-Core
  • Dual CoreYes
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelQualcomm MSM826OA
  • Other
Expansion Slot
  • Type
  • Capacity (Up to)
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity16GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4.3
  • TypeCapacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution 590 x 960
  • OtherIn Plane Switching, Optical lamination, Gorilla Glass
  • Frequencies850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850/900/2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies
  • Speed
  • Version4.0
  • Functions
  • Version
  • Version
  • DataMicroUSB
  • PowerMicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm
  • Video OutMHL via MicroUSB
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in SoftwareGoogle Maps
  • Megapixels8
  • FlashLED Flash
  • Camera LensF2.0 aperture lens
  • OtherHTC Image Chip, Continuous Shooting, Panorama Mode
Front Facing CameraYes
  • TypeVGA
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light SensorYes
  • Formatsaac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording.amr
  • Formats.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording.mp4
Near Field Communication
FM Radio
  • Capacity1650mAh
  • Type
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions130.9 x 65 x 7.95 mm (8.7 with bump)
Weight 119g
Warranty24 months


HTC_One_S_User_Guide.pdf HTC_One_S_User_Guide.pdf (2973KB)



Will my phone work

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturers branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

No, it does not have a microSD slot.

Does the phone have a standard SIM card slot or a Micro SIM slot?

Micro SIM slot.

Does the phone come with Beats Audio Headphones?

No. It comes with a standard set of in ear headphones.

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  • Jeff Seaver 21/4/2012 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Just Got my HTC One S from Clove ship to me this week. I do like it a lot and actually more than my HTS One X, it is easier to handle the phone by one hand. Very Nice phone.
  • Sidney 18/4/2012 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    It won't work on T-mobiles 4G at the moment but should get 4G LTE when tmo releases it. It gets 3G on ATT. Its a very nice phone. Light, thin and fast. The super amoled pentile display is flawless. As stated before i don't know why people have scratches, i keep it in my pocket with my keys and not one scratch.
  • Ross Nelson 16/4/2012 Recommend to a friend? Yes

    this phone is amazing...dunno why folksy it gets scratched easy (they must have rocks in their pockets) its light , it's thin , it's class , I love it and it's easily the best htc out there! the x is too big and nobody really needs quad core yet as its untested...don't listen to the bad press on this's a solid unit with no creaking or a cheap feel to it...I can guarantee you'll love it (unless you are never pleased with anything) I get a new phone every 4 months but this baby will be with me for a long time...WELL DONE HTC!!!

  • David K 28/5/2012 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Received my One S today, Woow, it's a gorgeous piece. I'd recommend this to any one.

    It's well designed,solid build, unbelievably light weight & just gorgeous to look at.

    People complain about lack of a micro SD but 16GB seems quite enough. Just loaded my whole music collection & still have 4GB to spare.
  • Ains 16/7/2012 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    I absolutely love this phone! Very fast, very classy and very user friendly!

    No chipping problems apart from the USB port but I'm not fussed. Very happy with this purchase.
  • Chris 19/12/2012 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    That's an excellent phone! Got it a month ago and enjoy it 200%, battery lasts the whole day from 10 to 22 hours of almost non-stop usage, GPRS, 3 email accounts, calls 1,5 - 2,5 hours daily, photos, video viewing.

    and it feels supergreat in your hand!

    Love it!

    the only minus is that it still did not get Android 4.1, hopefully should get it in December - January

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