Launched alongside the HTC 8X, the HTC 8S (or Windows Phone 8S by HTC to give it its full, awkward title) is a more affordable version of the flagship model.
HTC 8S: Build
While smaller than the 8X, measuring 120.5 x 63 x 10.28mm, the HTC 8S sports a similar design that's based on the colourful, tile-centric Windows Phone 8 UI, and again looking a little reminiscent of the Nokia Lumia 920.
HTC 8S: Features
The 8S sports a slightly downgraded camera compared to the 8X, with a 5MP rear-facing snapper along with a front-facing VGA cam which offer 720p HD video capture.
HTC 8S: Screen
At four inches, the screen is a fair bit smaller than the monster-sized screens found on the likes of the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3. Add to that the 800x480 (WVGA) resolution and it's clear that this is definitely a mid-range phone.
Having said that, the touchsreen still looked bright and clear, even under under the sunny rays that were beaming through the window in our demo room. The inclusion of Corning Gorilla Glass means that the phone should be able to withstand the odd knock.
HTC 8S: Performance
Like it's more highly specced sibling, the 8S sports a Qualcomm S4 dual-core chip, although it comes with a slightly lower speed of 1GHz.
HTC 8S: Verdict
The distinctive colour options may not be for everyone, but we were very taken with them. We see a lot of phones going in and out of the T3 office so it's nice to see a manufacturer doing things a little differently for change.
This could well prove to be the most popular affordable mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset around. Stayed tuned for a full review.
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