HTC Windows Phone 8S (unlocked)

The budget-friendly HTC Windows Phone 8S

In addition to the high-end Windows Phone 8X device, HTC also announced its Windows Phone 8S handset at today’s New York press event. Targeted squarely at midrange consumers, the 8S will feature comparatively dialed-down components to HTC’s flagship WP8 handset. Even so, the device will run the same advanced operating system from Microsoft and sport a flashy Nokia Lumia-esque aesthetic. I was treated to a personal audience with the HTC Windows Phone 8S and admit I enjoyed the brief time I spent with the product.

First impressions and design
When I first locked eyes on the HTC Windows Phone 8S, I had the same tingling sensation of deja vu I experienced when I beheld HTC’s 8X WP8 flagship. The 8S flaunts a similar colorific chassis molded from premium polycarbonates. The phone is also rectangular with edges and corners that are smoothly rounded. HTC will offer the Windows Phone 8S in four color options called Highrise yellowish gray, Domino black-white, Atlantic blue, and Fiesta red. Just like the hues available on the 8X, I’m sure HTC’s marketing team had a field day choosing these titles.

That said, the device looks flatter and dare I say more toylike than the premium 8X. This is probably because of the Windows Phone 8S’ smaller 4-inch screen and wide expanse of smooth plastic placed below it. The area below the display houses three Windows keys for Back, Start, and Search spelled out in Microsoft’s familiar pictograms.

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