The HTC One S (Codename: Ville) might not be the "flagship" device in the manufacturer's new lineup, but don't thell that to the phone. It's a little smaller than the One X, at 4.3 inches instead of 4.7 inches. And it's traded the 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 for a 4.3-inch AMOLED display and Gorilla Glass. It also loses a tad in the way of resolution, dropping to qHD instead of full 720p. And it trades the polycarbonate shell for an aircraft-grade aluminum that's been fried in plasma in a process that's called microarc oxidation. In layman's terms, it basically turns the metal into a ceramic, and it feels quite nice. 

Android Central at Mobile World Congress The HTC One S has the same camera technology as the One X, as well as Beats audio. It's crowning achievement, probably, is that it's crammed into a body that's just 7.9mm thin. You have to feel it to believe it. But that does come with a trade-off: The non-removable battery is just 1650 mAh.

Other specs of note: It's rocking a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at 1.5GHz, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, plus the 25 GB you get with HTC's new deal with Dropbox.

Rogers and Fido have announced they're carrying the HTC One S, as has T-Mobile in the U.S.

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Hands-on with the HTC One S


Looks nice (like the Nexus One) but the non-removable battery is a deal breaker, especially with the 1650 mAh one. Three months later will there be a new version with a REAL battery (I know that was Motorola but still)? I guess they had to reduce the screen resolution to meet a price point.

I was excited for this phone, was gonna be my new prospect but with the news of a non-removable battery...big disappointment, frakking-a! Also not mentioned-no micro sd slot

Frankly, I don't care how long the battery lasts, I want the choice of being able to swap out for a fresh battery and not have to tether to a charge. Also, if that battery goes bad, I want to be able to replace it easily myself without the need for hex tools or case openers. That's why a non-removable battery will always be a fail for me! :)

I don't understand going with that size battery and if they end up doing what Motorola did with the razr......that just stupid and a truck load of bullsh$t!!!!!!!!

I feel the need to complain along with everyone else, just for the sake of fitting in, but I like most of what I see with this phone, so I'm going to give it a chance.

Yep, 1650 non-removable. Wasn't HTC that said all day on a charge?
That an HTC has a track record of not being good at battery life anyway.

non removable battery is a no for me but on the positive the one s looks very very nice and sleek and i have never liked sense but i am actually liking the look of sense 4.0 and actually think it improves on stock ics...

Get over it people, you can't replace the battery. This thing looks stunning and crazy fast as well. Its gonna be a beast of a device.

for about 4 hours and then you'll be tethered to your cord. I'd say most people probably don't get a second battery, much less carry one around but having no removable battery is a giant fail. biggest complaint I ever hear from iPhone users is that the battery sucks when you actually use it for things like gaming. not being able to swap out on the fly just blows for people not near an outlet.

this phone will flop

My Nexus S only has a 1500 mAh battery and it lasts me an entire day with 3G data on. I don't even carry an extra battery, nor do most people. This phone won't appeal to those who need to swap their batteries like a spent bullet cartridge, but for the larger market of those who use one battery anyways this phone is fine as it is.

I do carry my charger just in case, but often times I never even bother to charge it midday because the phone never runs out. I only charge it at night when I go to bed.

For a lot of people this phone is far from a flop due to the embedded battery. Face it, most people want slimmer phones and in order to slim it down, you need to bolt down the battery.

You can't really compare it to a nexus s to a dual core device, Its a 3G phone(4G if your on sprint)with a single core processor (which obviously takes less to power than a dual core), we all know that 3G wastes less battery than a 4G/LTE phone. You technically don't need to drop down the power, motorola gave the razr maxx a large battery and still managed to keep it a slim device.

No expandable memory? Oops ... it's a casual user phone on the memory front (and internal memory on my Amaze lets me record a shameful 3-4 minutes of 1080p video; why bother). Oops, slim battery ... it's a casual user phone on the power front. Better not be updating your social networks, and browsing RSS feeds, and checking mail on 2-3 different accounts, you'll need a charger plugged in, or at least nearby.

I guess that's why it's slim. It's an Android do-everything phone for users who don't want to do much of anything for very long. ... I can't be the only one confused about this.

Oh, and .... did anyone else notice that the ExtMicro USB port is not on this phone? So conventional MHL-HDMI out will require (say it with me) a charger plugged in to function. My Amaze will output (for as long as the battery holds out) with their M500 12-pin MHL-HDMI adapter, charger cable optional. I'm a little baffled they come up with this expanded Micro-USB port, don't talk about it, don't tell their (US) tech support people about it, then let it disappear a year or two later. Rather sneaky, HTC.

But BOY OH BOY that anodized aluminum case sure looks cool. (Memo to HTC: looks aren't everything. That's why you partnered with Beats Audio LLC.)

Guys, keep in mind that Krait is a 28nm chip so power consumption should in theory be quite a bit lower. It's a shame about the battery, but I think it'll be quite enough.

What bothers me more is the lack of microSD-slot. 16GB does last for a while, but you never know...