At its NYC event today, HTC released two phones running on Microsoft Windows Phone 8. Among them is the HTC Windows Phone 8S, which is a middle-market device intended for first-time smartphone buyers and those looking to get into Windows Phone without purchasing a high-end device. Windows Phone 7 always had a plethora of devices that weren’t high-end, but were very nice, and the HTC Windows Phone One S carries that banner.
There are three specs that make it clear that the 8S is a lower-end device: the screen is 4″ but only runs at 800×480 resolution, the camera produces 5-megapixel images with a 35mm lens with a maximum f/2.8 aperture, and the Qualcomm is only clocked at 1 GHz. That being said, it is a handsome phone with a quirky two-tone design, and the size feels right for people switching from an iPhone.
The device runs Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Phone 8, and features 4G LTE on AT&T and Verizon in the United States. The device is due to become available by TK at a price around $100TK with a contract.
- Windows Phone® 8 operating system
- Three-dimensional, uni-body style based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles
- 4″ WVGA touch screen (800 x 480)
- Beats Audio™ Integration
- 5MP camera with f/2.8 aperture, 35mm lens, autofocus, LED flash, HTC ImageChip™ and 720pHD video recording