HTC will officially launch the HTC One S in the Philippines on June 29, 2012.
It's so official, we've just received an invite to the event.
HTC One S will be introduced alongside HTC Desire V and HTC Desire C. More info about those other smartphones on TP soon.
Last April, during the launch of HTC One X and HTC One V at Digital Walker, one blogger asked why the 'other sibling' in the One family seemed to have been was left. "So when will HTC One S arrive in the Philippines?" he followed up.
We didn't really get an answer for the first question (I'm thinking it's because the specifications of HTC One S are largely similar to those of HTC Sensation XE and at that point, the company was still pushing for the sales of the latter.) but they did promise that HTC One S will land on our shores sometime in Q3.
And they kept their word. So kudos to HTC, really.
If it's your first time to encounter this smartphone, HTC One S is a midrange release that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with 1.7 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S3 processor and handles multitasking with 1GB of RAM. The handset comes with a slightly smaller 4.3 SuperAMOLED display compared to its quad-core sibling, HTC One X, but the former is nonetheless slimmer. In fact, with thickness of just 7.6 millimeters, HTC One S is the slimmest handset HTC has released thus far.
HTC is known for creating smartphones that don't only work great - thanks to HTC Sense user interface and the solid set of multimedia features - but also look amazing. And HTC One S is no exception. This handset flaunts a metal shell crafted using a process called micro-arc oxidation. According to HTC, "Originally designed for use on satellites and race cars, the process starts with aircraft aluminum. Ten thousand volts of electricity hit the metal, almost like lighting strikes, causing a microscopic transformation which creates a super-strong ceramic case that is five times stronger than aerospace aluminum." Incredible, isn't it?
But what I really like about this phone, aside from the fact that it's ultra-thin and that it features Beats Audio for an enhanced music experience, is that it comes with similar imaging prowess as that of the more expensive HTC One X! Yes, it has HTC ImageSense -- so it lets you take photos while shooting or playing videos, it has this thing called 'smart flash' adjusting the brightness of flash depending on ambient light and it allows you take clear images even in not so well-lit environments. I love taking photos using my smartphone so that technology should come in handy.
So how much does it cost and when can we all get it? Again, the official launch of the handset will be on June 29, 2012 - that's this Friday. I'm thinking it could hit store shelves on the same day or maybe a few days after that. HTC hasn't given word on the official suggested retail price (I'm sure they'll announce it on the 29th - so stay tuned), but according to our insider, it should don a price tag of around Php 26,000 to 28,000.
Update as of June 29, 2012
HTC One S has been launched in the Philippines! Its official suggested retail price is Php 26,990. There you go. Let your friends know.
To wrap this up in true TechPinas fashion, I present the complete technical specifications of the Taiwanese company's 2012 upper midrange Android handset, the HTC One S --
|Name||HTC One S|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Price Category||Upper Midrange|
|Dimensions||130.9 x 65 x 7.8 mm|
|Operating System||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density), 540 x 960 pixels, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 (confirmed) Adreno 225 GPU|
|RAM/ROM||1 GB RAM|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV/MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player|
|Ports||microUSB (MHL) v2.0 (TV Out), 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100|
|Internal Storage||16 GB, non-expandable|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Po 1650 mAh|
|Uptime||Talk time of up to 10 hours, 4 hours of Web-browsing|
|Value-Added Features||HTC Sense UI, HTC ImageSense|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: June 2012|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: Php 26,000 - Php 28,000|