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.

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.

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.

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.

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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