The HTC 8S, though widely praised as exceptionally designed, has been MIA ever since the Windows Phone 8 launch a few weeks back. Rumor that we heard was HTC was finishing up a few last details to the software and may even had some early issues to fix before release. Regardless, it was just a matter of time before that mid-range device sees the light of day.

Images coming out from the forums at WPXAP show was appear to be some new customizations that HTC is instantiating on the upcoming phone. Two new features appear to be a keep-WiFi alive and SMS draft. The first feature is something that Microsoft has publicly acknowledged as an upcoming fix for the OS in general while the latter is something we’ve heard a few people ask for as evidently storing pre-written text messages is important.

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Another interpretation would be the 8S, since it is coming out later, is running a newer version of Windows Phone 8 OS and these are new OS features from Microsoft and not HTC. As of now, there is just too little information to conclude.

Group shot: Huawei, Nokia and HTC

In conferring with our China-based writer Chassit, he says the images are legit and we can confirm that some NDA meetings with HTC were recently held in the region, which explains the photos and info. Hopefully we'll have more info forthcoming.

Source: WPXAP Forums; Thanks, Talan1314 and hengxiang32401, for the images and links