HTC 8S Windows 8 Phone - £224.98 @ Unlocked-Mobiles.com
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HTC 8S Windows 8 Phone - £224.98 @ Unlocked-Mobiles.com

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Found 20th Sep 2012
Whole worlds gone upside down.

Intel going inside Mobile Phones

ARM going inside Windows

For those of you looking for a 'Cheap' Windows 8 phone. Look no further.

HTC have now announced the HTC 8S Windows Phone. A new release for HTC in 2012, the HTC 8S combines a fully featured handset, combined with Microsoft Windows 8 technology.

Windows 8 Operating System
The HTC 8S with Windows 8 OS offers you functionality, reliability and a system which is familiar to many technology users. Locate your favourite content, social feeds, emails, calendar and notifications in one place with easy to use Windows Tiles on the HTC 8S smartphone. The HTC 8S with built in Windows 8 OS also allows fast connectivity via WiFi, 3G technology and Bluetooth.

Stylish Design
The HTC 8S is a smartphone to match your life at work and play. The stylish design immediately sets you apart in a sea of smartphones with playful. With long lasting battery life via the powerful dual-core performance, the HTC 8S will keep you using your phone longer.

Beats Audio
You get the amazing Beats Audio™ technology built in to the HTC 8S, which serves up amazing studio-quality sound listening to your favourite tracks and gaming. A dedicated physical camera button on the HTC 8S lets you instantly point, shoot and share wherever you go using social network applications.

Built in Camera
The built in 5 mega pixel camera offes a high quality image capture in all light conditions by using the LED flash. You can also capture high quality videos on the HTC 8S, which can the be sent to friend via your HTC 8S connectivity options.

Specification:
System: GSM Quad band 850/900/1800/1900
3G & HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
Processor: 1 GHz, Dual Core
Operating System: Windows 8
Size: 120.5 x 63 x 10.3 mm
Weight: 113g with battery
Standby time: TBA
Talk Time: TBA
Camera: 5 Mega Pixel (Rear) with autofocus and LED flash
Display: 4 inch (480 x 800 pixels) LCD Display, 16 Million Colours

What’s in the box?
HTC 8S Windows Phone Sim Free
HTC Battery
HTC Charger
HTC Stereo Headset
HTC USB Data Cable
User Guide
Warranty Card
Community Updates
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162 Comments
Don't know what to make of it. Lol
Sounds a good price, but until Windows 8 comes out, I'm not sure either.
Why do all the smaller phones have to be lower spec??? Grrrr.
What a deal! I am shocked!!
wonder how this will compare price and build quality wise with the Nokia offerings...
JayDubya

Why do all the smaller phones have to be lower spec??? Grrrr.



I want a wildfire sized phone but thinner, edge to edge and with top spec (hdmi,battery,etc)
JayDubya

Why do all the smaller phones have to be lower spec??? Grrrr.



Was that a undercover dig at the iphone 5?
The phone looks really good though. really tempted but then what do i do with it once i have it ???
bluntmachetti

The phone looks really good though. really tempted but then what do i do … The phone looks really good though. really tempted but then what do i do with it once i have it ???



No idea, I've not seen any demos of WP8, so does anyone know if it's any good?
bluntmachetti

The phone looks really good though. really tempted but then what do i do … The phone looks really good though. really tempted but then what do i do with it once i have it ???



Ring people?
Good price, I would be weary of the so called Beats Audio for "studio-quality sound" - Thats not the case of the HTC One X with Beats Audio! More of a gimmick equalizer setting on a poor sound chip.
twe

Good price, I would be weary of the so called Beats Audio for … Good price, I would be weary of the so called Beats Audio for "studio-quality sound" - Thats not the case of the HTC One X with Beats Audio! More of a gimmick equalizer setting on a poor sound chip.



Yup Beats Audio can easily be replicated by using equaliser settings meaning it's nothing more than an EQ Profile. Massive con along with their headphones. Great branding though, suckered so many people in. The reason Android is so flexible because you can use CM9 DSP Manager for example to get even better audio quality or you can even install Beats Audio if you really must or Awesome Beats audio profile.

Beats Installer for Android (Needs ROOT) >

play.google.com/sto…ult

I know this is a Windows phone, just providing the info for people that might be interested :P

I'm interested in WP8. I had a Samsung Omnia 7 with WP7.5. I thought it was a very slick efficient OS, but not mature enough. A bit like IOS was on the Iphone 2G. WP8 I'm hoping will sort out the lack of features and customisation. Alas nothing will be as flexible as Android along with the amount of apps available. Tizen, Meego, Maemo, Symbian, somewhat yes but total lack of apps.


Edited by: "fishmaster" 20th Sep 2012
Seems like a really good price considering the Lumia 800 is £175 PAYG or £199 simfree. The spec comparison between these two phones are not too dissimilar but the key difference is the the HTC 8s will be able to run WP8. They both have 512Mb RAM and a screen resolution of 800 x 480 but the 8s is at 4inch vs 3.7inch on the Lumia. The 8s only has 5MP on the rear facing camera vs the 8MP on the Lumia.

Some of the other features that the 8s has but the Lumia 800 doesn't are...

• MicroSD slot
• Dual core CPU vs single on the Lumia 800

For the rest of the comparison, see this...

gsmarena.com/com…000

EDIT -> as of Fri 21st, Asda have the Lumia 800 at £149 simfree

Edited by: "Cuddy" 21st Sep 2012
I must say I'm surprised its this cheap - expected it to be more expensive. I love WP but I think manufacturers haven't really gotten behind it other than Nokia.
I don't think I'm brave enough to pre-order a HTC phone with an untested OS.

read a review (I think I found it via guardian boot up article) that they have put better quality audio components as well as an extra amp inside or something like that.
allaboutwindowsphone.com/fea…php
Hardware review of 8x so not sure if it is in the 8s

However, Beats technology is only one element of the audio tuning in the … However, Beats technology is only one element of the audio tuning in the 8X. HTC has upped the voltage of the base audio output to 1.55V (a more usual level is 0.5V). For the 3.5mm audio out port there's a secondary dedicated amplifier that further increases the output to 2.55V. This not only improves sound quality (and, to some extent, available volume), but also makes it possible to power standalone speakers. HTC feel this is important because the "quality of the 8X's audio output is such that people will want to listen on more than just headphones". There's also a secondary amplifier on the loudspeaker circuitry, which significantly improves the audio quality output and means audio is crisper and deeper than it otherwise would be.



However the beats part is still just equalizer stuff and some DSP.

The 8X is HTC's first Windows Phone device to incorporate Beats audio … The 8X is HTC's first Windows Phone device to incorporate Beats audio technology, as heralded by the Beats logo on the back of the device. The Beats technology aims to improve music output by optimising sound based on the characteristics of the music itself, the phone's DSP and amplifiers, and the headphones plugged into the device. HTC describe this as being about "sound profiles", which effectively means equalizer settings (i.e. some sound frequencies will get boosted and some reduced). Audio purists will likely be somewhat horrified by the prospect, but our experience suggest that Beats audio does seem to make a discernible difference.


Edited by: "wordsworth" 20th Sep 2012
It's not really a 'Deal' because that will be the RRP when it is released in November.

techdigest.tv/201…tml

Expect it to be undercut when it is released.
Neanderthal

I don't think I'm brave enough to pre-order a HTC phone with an untested … I don't think I'm brave enough to pre-order a HTC phone with an untested OS.



Yeah it's not very convincing when there's no demos of WP8 or full feature listing and people are supposed to pre-order blind? Nokia have the branding with these phones especially with their PureView and image stabilisation features.

Very little demonstration of WP8, definitely not a good sign >

features.techworld.com/mob…es/
Edited by: "fishmaster" 20th Sep 2012
Good price.

Wouldn't be surprised to see this under £200 within a few months after release, may actually get one then.

No iplayer
okay deal.. for the price i mean, however by the time november comes about better phone specs will be available.. the samsung galaxy s3 already has double the cores, double the ram, etc..

this doesnt even have nfc or 4g..
3 of these or 1 iPhone? Such a tough choice! (_;)
knowitall5

okay deal.. for the price i mean, however by the time november comes … okay deal.. for the price i mean, however by the time november comes about better phone specs will be available.. the samsung galaxy s3 already has double the cores, double the ram, etc..this doesnt even have nfc or 4g..



Ram and cores and performance are more applicable to the operating system. Of course consumers see more and think more is always better.

MicroSD slot !!!

I'm buying ten of these.

Cuddy

Seems like a really good price considering the Lumia 800 is £175 PAYG or … Seems like a really good price considering the Lumia 800 is £175 PAYG or £199 simfree. The spec comparison between these two phones are not too dissimilar but the key difference is the the HTC 8s will be able to run WP8. They both have 512Mb RAM and a screen resolution of 800 x 480 but the 8s is at 4inch vs 3.7inch on the Lumia. The 8s only has 5MP on the rear facing camera vs the 8MP on the Lumia.Some of the other features that the 8s has but the Lumia 800 doesn't are...• MicroSD slot• Front facing camera • Dual core CPU vs single on the Lumia 800For the rest of the comparison, see this...http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=4240&idPhone2=5000


Having played with Windows Phone 7.5 I am interested in Windows Phone 8 as from the leaks it removes some of the limitations of WP7.5.
However, I won't be committing my cash until the phones are actually released and we finally see what WP8 actually is. Also we don't know how much the Nokia 820 and the ZTE phone (rumoured to be unveiled in the next few weeks), although I believe Everything Everywhere have an exclusive on the Nokia's for their LTE launch.
bluntmachetti

The phone looks really good though. really tempted but then what do i do … The phone looks really good though. really tempted but then what do i do with it once i have it ???


develop some apps for it, and sell them in the app market
This bodes well for the prices of WM8 phones
If you're wanting a side by size comparison of the new win phone 8 heavyweights, here it is:
engadget.com/201…ht/
mgb20

It's not really a 'Deal' because that will be the RRP when it is released … It's not really a 'Deal' because that will be the RRP when it is released in November.http://www.techdigest.tv/2012/09/htc_8x_and_htc.htmlExpect it to be undercut when it is released.



Cold for this reason.
what the hell am i missing ?

why in Gods name is this so hot ?

it's the fricking RRP, on an HTC , with an untested OS ffs !!!! oO
Sponge

Cold for this reason.



2p cheaper
try to think of it as a Windows 8 phone deal...
Won't be pre-ordering but chances are i'll buy one next year when they're hopefully cheaper. Loved the Windows Phone OS, been using it for the past 2 years and can't see myself switching any time soon.
niceguyrichy

what the hell am i missing ?why in Gods name is this so hot ? it's the … what the hell am i missing ?why in Gods name is this so hot ? it's the fricking RRP, on an HTC , with an untested OS ffs !!!! oO



2p cheaper than RRP

HTC make good hardware, its their HTC Sense that is crap and I'm sure Microsoft won't let them put it on.

WP8 is not an untested OS even though it may be lacking in Apps initially, the framework allows for this for apps across Windows8 , Xbox ,etc...
wait for the Lumia 820, this has some **** internals, 512MB ram to start with...
Windows phones are on their deathbed.They've virtually destroyed Nokia.
All your seeing now is the Windows phone zombie corpse.
rather have nokia for nokia drive
fishmaster

Yeah it's not very convincing when there's no demos of WP8 or full … Yeah it's not very convincing when there's no demos of WP8 or full feature listing and people are supposed to pre-order blind? Nokia have the branding with these phones especially with their PureView and image stabilisation features. Very little demonstration of WP8, definitely not a good sign >http://features.techworld.com/mobile-wireless/3382426/htc-8x-8s-hands-on-with-new-windows-phone-8-devices/



The reason it is "untested" is because it hasn't actually had its actual announcement yet. It is similar to how you knew iOS 6 was coming out but you hadn't been shown it. All the Windows phones revealed so far have only been hardware reveals.
Yip RIP Nokia
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