HTC One S launched, priced at Php26,990

The missing sibling in the HTC One series was launched today, along with the HTC Desire C and the dual-SIM Desire V.

When we talked to the Country Manager earlier and asked the reason why they did not include the One S during the launching of the One X and One V a couple of months ago, he explained that they felt the market might not find a need for the handset in its category at that time.

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However, the decision to include the One S with the launch of the Desire series was prompted by the market’s response.

We’ve been using the HTC One S for more than a month now and we can certainly say it’s one of the more capable Android smartphones out there. It’s got the same gorgeous design as the One X and very close in terms of performance (the benchmarks can attest to that) at a slightly lower price.

HTC One S specs:
4.3″ Super AMOLED display @ 540×960 pixels, 280ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass
Dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor
Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4
Adreno 225
16GB internal storage
HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
8MP autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps
1.3MP front-facing camera, 720p video
GPS w/ aGPS support
Beats Audio
1650mAh Li-Polymer battery
Android 4.0 ICS
119.5 grams (weight)
130.9 x 65 x 7.8mm (dimension)
Php26,990 (suggested retail price)

They also informed us that the version of the One S that will be released in the Philippines will have a Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 1.5GHz instead of the SnapDragon S3 1.7Ghz that was released in Taiwan a few weeks ago. Updated: There was confusion in the PR and we’ve verified it’s running SnapDragon S3 1.7GHz. You can read our addendum here.

The suggested retail price of the HTC One S is Php26,990. Check out our full review of the HTC One S here.

Updated: Corrected the SRP from Php24,990 to Php26,990.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

20 Responses

  1. Avatar for Ja Ja says:

    Does this batch of the HTC One S no longer have the alleged chipping issue on the black [MAO] one?

  2. Avatar for AllForOneS AllForOneS says:

    Decided to email HTC Philippines last night through the HTC website to get a direct answer and here’s their reply:


    Thanks for contacting HTC.

    We’ve read that you’re asking about the exact specification of HTC One S. No need to worry, we are more than happy to assist you with your concern.

    Regarding the concern, we do understand that you’ve been expecting for a Snap dragon “4” for HTC One S. However, due to the stock shortage of S4 processors all over the world, HTC implemented an enhanced version for the phone. For this, HTC released Snap dragon 3 running at 1.7GHz for all over the world expect North America that has Snap dragon 4 running at 1.5GHz.

    Should you need further assistance,…etc.


    So anyone expecting the S4 officially is pretty much screwed.

    • Avatar for OneShh OneShh says:

      To bad. Might as well by sony xperia s with better pixel density and larger internal storage. and the ics update on the sxs is almost pure ics experience

  3. Avatar for OneShh OneShh says:

    I hope this will be clarified with HTC. Parang bumili ka lang ng HTC Sensation ulet kung S3 pa din ang gamit. na overclocked lang then nadagdagan lang ng internal memory. Sayang…

  4. Avatar for OneShh OneShh says:

    @AllForOneS: Sorry 1.7 ghz, typo lang kasi medyo antok na hehe. Anyway, may nabasa din ako na S3 talaga ang ilalabas dito sa pinas. what a let down talaga

    • Avatar for AllForOneS AllForOneS says:

      yeah disappointing nga. impressive ung benchmarks results nung S4 e. the One X released in the US even had that same processor at mas ok daw performance bettery wise kaysa sa tegra 3 variant. the lower price and at par performance with the One X is a big selling point.

  5. Avatar for OneShh OneShh says:

    Made inquiry on Memo Express SM Megamall and HTC Store in Glorietta, personnel from both store is saying that One S is equip with 1,ghz (S3). I also check on the available internal storage and demo phone both have 9.+ worth of gb. seems pretty low to me and 400mb of ram is already eaten by the system

    • Avatar for AllForOneS AllForOneS says:

      1Ghz? Weird, ang alam ko na S3 variant ng One S is at 1.7Ghz. Ang alam kong naka 1Ghz na Snapdragon is yung One V.

  6. Avatar for AllForOneS AllForOneS says:

    Can anyone confirm it comes with the S4 chip? Just came from HTC’s store in SM Cyberzone and their staff told me it comes with the 1.7Ghz processor which is the S3. Boo! This could have been my new phone if it only came with the S4.

  7. Avatar for Havoc182 Havoc182 says:

    dahil siguro sa design at build quality nya. and i think may kasamang beats earphones yan (not sure). and even though dual-core lang cya, at par pa rin performance nya sa OneX kasi mas mababa resolution nya.

  8. Avatar for wreek888 wreek888 says:

    bakit mas mahal ito sa HTC oneX eh dual core lang?

    • Avatar for showbiz showbiz says:

      Same question here. Why is it priced that way.

    • Avatar for Yurisama Yurisama says:

      dahil yan sa superamoled screen nya.

    • Avatar for Aswd Aswd says:

      dahil siguro sa design at build quality nya. and i think may kasamang beats earphones yan (not sure). and even though dual-core lang cya, at par pa rin performance nya sa OneX kasi mas mababa resolution nya.

  9. Avatar for aw aw says:

    mas maganda yun s4 kahit mas mababa clockspeed nya

  10. Avatar for Biggs Biggs says:

    Paps, dehins ba Snapdragon 1.7 GHz S3 ang ginamit nila sa local One S natin?

  11. Avatar for anony-mouse anony-mouse says:

    The Micro Arc Oxidation problem, is that resolved already with this release?

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