After repeated calls, emails and store visits, we’ve independently verified that the HTC One S that was released in the Philippines last week runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.7GHz and not the Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz.
I personally interviewed the Country Manager regarding the reason about the Snapdragon S4 to S3 switch and also referred to their official press release. Both sources gave me one answer — the local HTC One S will have a SnapDragon S4 1.5GHz.
However, we’ve been getting reports from customers that the units they see in retail stores were running a SnapDragon S3 1.7GHz processor.
I sent out an email to HTC’s local reps for clarification and also went to stores yesterday to inspect the units.
It turns out the ones being distributed in stores is the HTC One S running a Snapdragon S3 1.7GHz. This morning, I talked to their local rep and got a partial confirmation that the units really have a Snapdragon S3 in them and not an S4.
We are waiting for their official statement on this and they promised to send us a copy once it’s ready.