HTC fights back Lumia with the 8S, a Windows Smartphone [Review]

Amongst the Windows phones, the Lumia 920 has been stealing the limelight from HTC’s earlier phone – the 8X. HTC’s new 8S though is a great fightback. Its slim enough at 10.3mm, and available in very bold colours – orange, blue apart from black and grey. The phone features a polycarbonate unibody design, with soft rubberized finish at the back. Its one of the most beautiful sub-20,000 handsets available in the market and the design and build quality is very good.

The 4″ S-LCD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass is sharp, with 800×480 pixels. However, colour reproduction is a letdown and the screen has a lower-than-average refresh rate. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz dual-core CPU with 4GB internal storage keep the phone snappy enough. The 5 mp camera is average. The phone records 720p video, and sound quality is great. The handset’s call quality and network reception are good too as are Wi-Fi and 3G. The 1700 mAh Li-Po battery the 8S easily lasts for a normal work day.

HTC 8S
HTC 8S

Overall, WP8 OS impresses, as usual but the phone lacks a proper sat-nav app. The handset is built well, looks smart and the sound quality is impressive. On the flipside, the camera and the mediocre screen disappoint. Nevertheless, its a good deal at the 20k mark if you’re considering a Windows phone.

[This article has been curated from the original review by our Consumer Technology partner, Techtree.com. Read the detailed review here.]

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