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.
While the HTC Windows Phone 8S comes running Microsoft?s hotly anticipated mobile operating system, it?s powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. That?s slower than the 1.5GHz CPU driving the HTC?s 8X. Of course the Qualcomm S4 is a worthy performer and Windows Phone has traditionally proved to be an efficient OS requiring less muscle to push along. It?s likely that WP8 will similarly be light and frothy.
Though my time with the HTC Windows Phone 8S was short and sweet, it felt like a compelling product. That said, I felt the same way about the Nokia Lumia 900, which despite being affordable, failed to move off store shelves in great numbers. Hopefully the 8S will also have a wallet-friendly sticker price. This paired with what Microsoft will prove to be its lust-worthy Windows Phone 8 software may translate into a hit for HTC. We?ll just have to wait until after the HTC Windows Phone 8S ships, beginning in November.