MWC 2012 – HTC One S hands on review

We wrapped our mitts around HTC's thinnest phone yet. Is it more than just a pretty face?

HTC One S – overview

The HTC One S may not be packing the quad-core power of its HTC One X brother, but its impressive 1.5Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor has clocked in benchmarks that match quad-core rivals, and should slice through Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich like a hot knife through… ice cream. It's 4.3in AMOLED screen serves up rich colours and satisfyingly deep blacks and is also scratch-proof thanks to Gorilla Glass technology.

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HTC One S – build and design

The HTC one S is the HTC's thinnest phone ever, measuring in at a wafer thin 7.9mm. Its sleek curved design is complimented by two unique finishes never before seen in mobile phones.

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The black and red version's metal unibody is four times stronger than anodised steel thanks to the science-packed micro arc oxidisation finish, and its durability was proven after our patented Stuff scratch test.

Both the black model and blue anodised gradient-finished model above felt extremely sturdy with nary a creak or flex between them. The quality of both finishes gives the impression that you're holding Batman's personal smartphone – a positive quality to say the least.

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HTC One S –camera

We were as equally impressed by the HTC One S' camera as we were with the HTC One X's offering. The f/2.0 lens' increased light intake meant that pictures picked up more detail in low light, although we'll have to see how the One series' snappers stand up in a proper review.

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HTC One S – first impressions

The HTC One S is one of the nicest handsets our mitts have ever had the pleasure of grasping. Both of its hi-tech finishes, coupled with HTC's top-notch build quality and that alluringly slim curvy design give the HTC One S the killer edge in the looks department.

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Coupled with the newly improved Sense 4, enhanced camera and 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, the HTC One S offers bucket loads of promise which is why we can't wait for our full-blown Stuff review.

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