HTC Announces the 8S with Windows Phone 8

The HTC 8S in Domino (Black & White)

Just after announcing the HTC 8X, a high-end Windows Phone from the famous smartphone OEM, the 8S comes hot on its heels for the more budget-conscious crowd.

The 8S, much like its bigger brother, features a whole new redesign for HTC in part due to the influence of the Windows Phone 8 Tile system. Featuring bold, two tone colors and a curved, rounded back, the 8S series certainly stands out from the crowd.

HTC 8S looking good

While the specs may not impress our enthusiast readers, the phones due still pack a nice punch and more importantly, a great experience.

The 8S features a 4” WVGA (800x480) display with slightly curved Gorilla Glass and Super LCD2. The phone weighs in at an ultra-light 113 grams, comes with Beats Audio (software, no amplifier) and a 5MP shooter. The phone does lack NFC and some more advanced features, but does have expandable memory on board for those who need a little extra space in addition to the 4GB of included storage. The device tops of with 512MB of RAM.

Featuring a 5MP FSI sensor for the rear camera

From our brief experience with it, we loved the color schemes and to be honest, we barely noticed the 800x480 screen, partially due to the Super LCD2 screen quality. Once again, for our enthusiast crowd, the 8X is the better choice, but don’t knock the 8S until you’ve seen it…it’s quite the looker and should do well for those look for a more casual smartphone experience.

Full specifications:

  • SIZE: 120.5 x 63 x 10.28mm
  • WEIGHT:  113 grams with battery
  • DISPLAY: super LCD display, with Gorilla® Glass for greater durability
  • SCREEN: 4-inch touch screen with WVGA (800x 480) resolution
  • CPU SPEED - Qualcomm® S4 1 GHz dual-core
  • PLATFORM - Windows® Phone 8
  • SIM –MicroSIM
  • Total storage: 4 GB
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • MicroSD card
  • NETWORK - HSPA/WCDMA (Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz); GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)


  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • G-Sensor
  • GPS - Internal GPS antenna with GLONASS


  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack : plug any headphones with a standard-sized 3.5mm connector
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)


  • 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • f/2.8 aperture and 35mm lens
  • 720p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • Dedicated camera button

SOUND ENHANCEMENT - Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ built in

BATTERY - Capacity: 1,700 mAh

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

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  • What the hell is going on?
    Why do the 8s and 820 have expandable memory and 920 and 8x don't?
  • So they can keep the costs down (consumer bears the cost by buying a microSD card). However...4GB internal memory!!?? Now THAT's insane!
  • Carriers have the option of including a memory card and adjusting the price of the phone accordingly for their market. It is also much more difficult to add expandable memory to a non-removable back of a polycarbonate phone.
  • It makes sense, with little $ you can add a 64gb ad cards, so who cares the internal 4gb ;) ?
    Anyway I extensively use SkyDrive so it is ok too
  • Reading sd card takes longer than on board memory. If you are buying a high end device they give you 16-32g. 32g is enough for me. You need extra storage? Use a cloud. There pushing you to use that service. Everything must move forward.
  • It is not noticeable if you buy a highj spec SD card. It is purely done to keep costs down, which I can understand on lower end phones but not to include expandable memory on high spec phones is just crazy.
    Also this phone will suffer with just 512mb of memory.
    So their high end phone only has 16GB of non expandable memory with 1GB RAM and this lower end phone has 4GB of expandable memory and 512mb RAM.
    Samsung and Nokia must be laughing their socks off. It is this lack of clear thinking in design that is going to continue to drag down HTC.
    Shame on you HTC these specs are not setting you up for success! Damn you, I love your design so much but it appears to be form over function and I'd rather spend my money on a Lumia 920.
    MS must be spitting blood, they need more than one OEM partner and it is cr@p like this that forced them to create the surface PC. Substandard solutions!
  • Wow! The weight is impressive! It is very close to the Samsung Focus S I have now and people always marvel at how light my S is. Should be an excellent starter phone or for people who just want to do the basic stuff with their phones. It looks good too!
  • Bluetooth 2.1?? Did I read that right? Oh come on! You don't have to cut all corners! Between 820 and 8S - 820 is a no-brainer people. Unless, ofcourse, it undercuts 820's price by big margin. 
  • 8s will be cheaper than 820 but no gorilla glass on 820 makes the choice between the 2 difficult
  • Me to on same situation
  • w could very easily see HTC announce certification for BT 4.0. after all the S4 chip supports it :) and so does windows phone 8
  • I'm on T-mo, I will NOT be buying a phone with 800x480 screen resolution. I have 2 of those now. I'm not sure what T-mobile is getting and I'm not switching to ATT. I really like the 8X and 920 but those seem to be headed to ATT only. I guess I'll have to petition T-mo to get some better phones, not sure it will help.
  • wrong they said x8 will be available on AT&T, verizon and t-mobile
  • Too bad, had the 8S been a little better spec'd and 2 grams lighter it could've taken the "worlds lightest" title away from Apple, would've been the shortest reign in history lol
  • Must be going to TMobile
  • Most places are reporting this doesn't have a front facing camera.
  • It's SO pretty :D :D
  • Apps cannot be loaded on an external microSD card so apps are limited to the 4GB of available space.  That's absurd on the face of it.  The Bluetooth protocol is now two generations out of date and the two tone color scheme went out with Ricky Ricardo.  Poor choice for a new generation of phones.
  • +1. It should've been at least 8GB.
  • One can already see from the picture the contrast and blacks you'll get with this one, doesn't really blend with the black bezel. Probably cause its LCD. Design is nice, but this thing better be priced at 30$ or something on contract for what you're getting, if not free.
  • I this are perfect for sprint,boost,metro,all the prepaid services... People will eventually switch to colored phones,thanks to nokia
  • Um FYI, it does have expandable memory
  • Damn!! This design is awesome! I would buy this instead of the Lumia 820 if it had a better camera, a front facing camera, or more storage (seriously 4GB? not even 8GB?). The beats audio is a nice touch and a good 1700mAh is appreciated. Nevertheless I must insist, this design rocks!
  • It has a ffc, and it's expandable. For an extra $65 you can have 68gb of storage.
  • The 8X was announced for AT&T but what carrier is getting the 8S?
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    A nice low end budget phone, I'm suprised by 4GB storage a little (in November it'll be almost 2013) but why Nokia haven't released this ? Nokia still doesn't offer a wp8 5mp phone (Lumia Flame) and they are missing the boat on the market.  
  • If it got 1gb ram I buy it without any thoughts
  • some of those specifications killed this beautiful phone :(
  • So beatufull!!! This is by far (what iv seen so far) the best looking WP device made to date. Incredible is my word ^^ Now this should have been there flagship device. But come to think of it....a Lumia 920 as the daily driver and this XS as a second player. It´s a low end phone so it should be cheep right? 32GB SD and only musik in bad this doesnt have the Beat hardware, would make this the optimal music player hands down.
  • Contrary to some of the posts I've read, I think this makes an excellent budget phone and/or prepaid.
  • Umm. Why does the lower-end phone look nicer than the flagship? Design fail.
  • I want this phone with the 8x specifications. I love the two tone design.
  • Can anyone explain why they put down the same memory size spec as the 8X in their product page?