When HTC unveiled the three handsets that make up its new ‘One’ family at Mobile World Congress each model came with a different specification and power. Inevitably all eyes have been drawn to the One X with its quad-core processor. However the mid-range device, the HTC One S, is in fact a decent looking top end smartphone that could end up being more attractive to consumers as it ticks all the boxes but comes with a much cheaper price tag.
The One S could be here as early as April. All three devices, the One X, One S and the entry level One V are to be available at Three Mobile. They, along with the Carphone Warehouse, have listed the release date as April meaning the range could come to the market ahead of many of their rivals also announced the trade show in Barcelona.
Inevitably, the quad-core will make the One X a much faster phone that its little brother. However, the processor will also help the device command a much higher price tag. So if the other specs are considered what difference will it make if you go for a One S instead of a One X?
The One S is billed as the compact smartphone of the range. If the One X is flagship, the One V entry-level then compact seems a strange selling point, perhaps catch-all, or solid offer would be better. While it isn’t a game-changer it is a reliable device that will more than do the job.
The One S comes with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The One X has 32 GB and the One V comes with a microSD card allowing an increase of its storage space so it seems strange the One S does not have the same capability.
On the outside it has the same Unibody design as the rest of the range. While the One X is made from polycarbonate, making it more durable, the One S is in metal. This might make it easier to scratch if it is used to spending its time in a bag with keys and the like but it will also give it a sleek and stylish finish. The device’s 4.3 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen should not get any scratches in the same environment as it is made from Corning Gorilla Glass. That screen is smaller than the One X which is 4.7 inches and it does not have as impressive a screen resolution coming in at 540 x 960 compared with the One X’s 1280 x 720. Pictures and text as well as video will look crisper and sharper on the One X with its 312 ppi.
Both have an 8 megapixel camera on the back – which while it will do the job is far from the best on the smartphone market, that accolade is likely to go to the Sony Xperia S’ 12 megapixel camera at the moment, if we ignore the Nokia PureView 808’s 41 megapixel offer. Each has a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video calls and the face Unlock and recognition features of their operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There is also the upgraded Sense 4.0 overlay which runs over the top of the operating system.
The range comes complete with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, although the One X strange has Bluetooth 3.0 which the One S and One V both have Bluetooth 4.09. Each has Beats Audio, a micro USB and Audio Jack.
How much more does the increased price tag of the One X really buy you? A faster processor yes, but not everyone will be interested in that. In truth both the One X and the One S come with similar specification. For someone looking to upgrade but not looking for a hefty price increase, opting for the One S instead of its big brother might be a more realistic option.