HTC Windows Phone 8S in the flesh, hands-on and first impressions [Update: we have video!]


One of the devices that piqued our interest these past few months was the Windows Phone 8S by HTC. While the Windows Phone 8S is relatively slower than it’s bigger brother, the Window Phone 8X, it took our fancy because it had all the right things going for it as a mid-tier Windows 8 device. Naturally, we went straight to the Phone 8S when we saw it on display at the ION Sky in Singapore. As expected, the device looked fantastic in person. Like the Phone 8X, the Phone 8S has a polycarbonate exterior that has been treated with HTC’s special manufacturing process which gives it this nice, premium feel.

While the 8S has a smaller, 4-inch WVGA display, that didn’t mean that device couldn’t deliver a solid user experience much like its big brother. The 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor did a fine job keeping up with all of our swipes and prods as we fussed over it. The Phone 8S has a 5-megapixel camera, which should be enough for any and all imaging duties you may have planned for it. We haven’t really had enough time to poke around in the Windows Phone 8 OS, though from what we could see, it’s pretty easy to use and all the necessary smartphone apps were present in the device. The Windows Phone 8S will come in different colors – there’s an orange example floating around the event as well as the blue one you see here.