In some alternate universe, the One S would be HTC’s flagship phone. There’s the new, forged-for-space body, a uniform 7.8mm thickness and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display — normally enough to qualify for the top slot. However, HTC decided to make this its (upper) middleweight contender, putting the quad-core One X right above it — and launching it at the same time. We’ve got the HSPA+ global edition, but aside from the radio differences, this is the same hardware you can expect to see from T-Mobile a little further down the line, and it’s powered by the same processor that will run inside the US version of the One X. Can the dual-core Snapdragon Krait possibly hold its own against Tegra 3? If you’re in the market for a new Android device, why would you go for what is possibly HTC’s second best? Perhaps — dare we say — it’s not all about the cores and display size. Read on to see what the One series’ mid-tier option has to offer.
Gallery: HTC One S review