Meet the new T-Mobile HTC One S. Same as the old T-Mobile HTC One S. Well, mostly.
See, way back in February, deep in Hall 8 of the Fira de Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, we discovered that there actually were two versions of the HTC One S. T-Mobile U.S. was to get the gray version, with its traditional "gradient paint color sheet," while the rest of the world got to play with the cool-looking black one with its Micro-Arc Oxidation treatment that basically fries the metal into thinking its a ceramic.
And now, you can get that same MAO-treated phone on T-Mobile U.S. And this is it.
There's really not that much more to say. Except for the cosmetic differences, it's exactly the same phone. Same 4.3-inch AMOLED display at 960x540 resolution. (Good, but not great.) Same 8MP camera with the ImageChip processor. (Very much excellent.) Same 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. (Very good, but already surpassed by a younger sibling in newer phones.) Storage remains at 16GB (with about 11 or so usable), and there's still no microSD card. The battery's still at 1650 mAh, and it's still sealed inside the body.
And it's still waiting on an update to Android 4.1 (or if we're really lucky, Android 4.2) Jelly Bean.
So, yeah. It's the same old HTC One S, but the same one that we've grown pretty fond of over the past months.
You can get the black version today online only for free after a $50 mail-in rebate.