If you’ve been waiting patiently to get a smartphone with a Snapdragon™ S4 processor, the wait is over. The HTC One S is now available on T-Mobile for less than $200 on a two year contract. And based on the in depth reviews written by mobile pundits, the HTC One S is easily one of the fastest Android phones available.
The HTC One S is the middle-child of HTC’s latest One Series, featuring a 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540 pixels), a Snapdragon S4 processor with 1.5GHz dual-core CPUs, and 1GB of RAM. It’s ferociously fast based on the slew of benchmark data collected from popular sites such as PCMag, The Verge, and Engadget. Of course, speed isn’t its only claim to fame, as the One S is loaded with features like the 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera, Beats Audio, and Wireless Display (via the Media Link Adapter). Its platform richness spans beyond hardware, as this metallic device has HTC’s Sense 4.0, overlayed on the latest version of Android, called Ice Cream Sandwich.
For a limited time, T-Mobile is offering a trade-in program with which you can bring in any old phone and receive a minimum of $100 towards a new HTC One S or one of two other phones featuring Snapdragon processors (the Samsung Galaxy S2 II or HTC Radar 4G). If your device is worth more than the minimum, T-Mobile will apparently reimburse you accordingly.
While the HTC One S is the first Snapdragon S4 device to hit U.S. stores, it certainly won’t be the last. In a matter of weeks, the HTC One X (AT&T) and HTC EVO 4G LTE (Sprint) will begin appearing in stores as well, making them the first Snapdragon S4 LTE phones available in the United States. In fact, AT&T is already taking pre-orders and Sprint starts accepting them on May 7.
Have you bought or tried out an HTC One S yet? Let us know in the comments what you think…