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HTC Windows Phone 8S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1352 reviews of HTC Windows Phone 8S. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and design. The performance and size are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed comments about the GPS navigation and camera.

usability, size, performance, design, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Windows Phone 8S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : James Trew (

HTC 8S review: a budget Windows Phone that doesn't compromise on style


More InfoWindows Phone 8S by HTC hands-on: a bright Windows phone that holds promiseHTC Windows Phone 8S hits the FCC with North American 3G,

Great build quality ; Excellent call quality ; Great performance for price

Relatively narrow viewing angles ; Mixed camera performance

Even as more WP8 devices start to arrive, there are few budget-friendly options. The 8S proves that budget doesn't have to mean compromise when it comes to design or performance.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : GSMArena team (

HTC Windows Phone 8S review: Icebreaker


No one's had any reason to question HTC's commitment to Windows Phone. The Taiwanese have been on board since the heyday of PocketPCs, helping Redmond quickly man a nascent WP7 army. Now they're back in the thick of it for the next generation of the...

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support ; Dual-band 3G with 42 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support ; 4" 16M-color S-LCD capacitive touchscreen of 480 x 800 pixel resolution ; Scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2 display ; 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED...

Non user-replaceable battery ; App catalog falls short of Android and iOS ; No front-facing camera ; No system-wide file manager ; No voice-guided navigation

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is a likeable little handset. It clearly isn't one of the platform's headliners, but it may be the right thing to help the fresh Windows Phone 8 conquer some new territory.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Tom Warren (

HTC Windows Phone 8S review


HTC's second Windows Phone 8 device follows the same design as its bigger brother, the 8X, with a unique look and feel that's separate to the company's Android devices. It's another big bet on...

Unique design ; Lightweight ; Solid build quality

Low resolution display ; No forward facing camera / poor rear camera ; Some performance issues

A solid entry-level device with great design and a lightweight chassis

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Brian Bennett (

HTC's Windows Phone 8S is candy-colored and affordable


The Windows Phone 8S from HTC will run Microsoft's latest software, sport flashy colors, and won't break the bank.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by (

Review HTC Windows Phone 8S Smartphone


Entry-level Windows. A dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and a 4-inch screen for 260 Euros (~$346). In cooperation with HTC Microsoft tries to pull smartphone users away from the Android and iOS camp. But is Windows Phone 8 with weaker hardware still...

Expandable memory via microSD, 4 different colour variations, Good build quality, Responsive menu controls, The unique design and the very good haptics

Low resolution display, Small memory for apps and games, Limited feedback from the keys, Built-in battery, No video-out, A higher resolution display and more storage versions

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Windows Phone 8S by HTC Review


HTC dug deep for its Windows Phone 8 line-up, coming out with a pair of distinctively designed smartphones that promptly earned Microsoft "Signature" status. The Windows Phone 8X already impressed us, and now it's the turn of its smaller sibling, the...

HTC very nearly nailed the Windows Phone 8 market. The 8S is well designed and a great size: not everybody wants a huge smartphone, and many people who told us they liked the design of the 8X but wanted something scaled more like an iPhone 5 had no...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Daniel P. (

HTC Windows Phone 8S Review


HTC Windows Phone 8S is the company's WP8 midranger, carrying the naming scheme over from the company's One line of Android handsets. Executed in a two-tone body painted in a variety of colors, it is evidently aiming to attract the attention of the...

Catchy and ergonomic design ; microSD card slot

No front-facing camera ; Subpar outgoing calls

HTC has made a mucho sympatico handset with the 8S, shaping it in a two-tone ergonomic bod, with very easy one-handed operation. It has skimped a bit on the camera quality, and not even included one for video chat, but the rest of the readings are...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : Stu (

Windows Phone 8S by HTC Review


ForewordFor those of you that don't know, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC is an entry level Windows Phone 8 device. Following the same design outline as its sibling, the 8X, the ...

Build Quality ; Memory Card ; Very Responsive

Camera Suffers In Bad Light ; Lack of RAM means possible issues in the future ; Low Internal Storage ; Only 1.5gb of storage for Apps

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : EveryReview (

HTC 8S Review


HTC and Windows have developed the 8S and have created a unique design which stands out from the typical smartphone design that has been created, the phone features some great social media related apps, a decent camera and good screen.

Unique looks, - Very good for social media, - MicroSD slot

Battery could be better, - 4GB memory, - Some apps slow

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : YugaTech (

HTC Windows Phone 8S Review


The HTC Windows Phone 8S has a lot going for it. For those that want a different experience and a design that stands out, the 8S is worth considering. However, there are some disadvantages with that choice.

Dec, 2012

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:1700
Battery performance:1700
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer:No / Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes


Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.8
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera:No / Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p
Video stabilizer: Yes


Body SAR:0.639
Body SAR (EU):0.639
Body SAR category (EU):B
Head SAR:0.721
Head SAR (EU):0.721
Head SAR category (EU):B / C


Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Black, Red / Black, White / Blue / Grey / Grey, Yellow / Red
Form Factor:Bar / Clamshell
Protection features:Water Resistant


3D playback: Yes
Display Diagonal:4
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800 / 800 x 480
Display Type:LCD
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


Keyboard Layout:QWERTZ
Keyboard type:QWERTZ


Internal RAM:0.5 / 512


Chat: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes
Text prediction system:T9
Text prediction system type:T9
Text-to-speech message reader: Yes


Audio formats supported:AAC+, mp3 / AAC+, MP3, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, MP4, WAV / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP3, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, MP4, WAV / AAC, AMR, ASF, M4A, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, MP3, MP4, WMA / AAC, AMR, ASF, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, MP3, WMA
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF / JPG
RSS reader: Yes
Supported video modes:720p
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, ASF, MP4, WMV / 3G2, 3GP, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, M4V, MP4, WMV / 3GP, ASF, M4V, WMV / 3GP, ASF, MP4, WMV / MP4
Video compression formats:MP4
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,MP4,WMV / 3G2,3GP,MP4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,M4V,MP4,WMV / 3GP,ASF,M4V,WMV / 3GP,ASF,MP4,WMV / MP4
Voice codecs:AMR


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:2100 / 900 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSPA,WCDMA
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0 / 3.1
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card hot swapping:Y
SIM card type:MicroSIM / MiniSIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
Connection to PC: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
T9 text input: Yes
Total Storage Capacity:4
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Cables included:AC, USB / USB
Quick start guide: Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Customisable video ring tones: Yes
Customizable video ring tones:Y
Direct printing: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone / Windows Phone 8.0, Windows Phone
Operating system version:8 / 8.0
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets / Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Audio, Changeable colour, Pre-themes, Screensavers, Wallpapers / Screensavers, Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Charging connector:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector:Y
TV out:Y
TV-out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port:N / Y
USB version:2.0


Processor cores:2
Processor family:Qualcomm
Processor frequency:1
Processor model:S4


Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Windows Phone / Windows Phone 8.0, Windows Phone
Operating system version:8 / 8.0
SyncML: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / No / SD
Internal RAM:512
Internal storage capacity:4
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory card hot swapping:N
RAM capacity:0.5
USB mass storage: Yes


Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height:2.48 / 4.76
Width:2.48 / 4.76
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