The handset will arrive running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system and features a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch AMOLED qHD screen made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass, and an f/2.0 camera with HDR mode and the ability to shoot stills while recording HD video. At 7.8mm thin with an metal unibody design, it’s the most striking One handset to date.
Like other handsets in the One lineup, the One S also incorporates Beats Audio integration for getting a little bit more out of your music collection. A partnership with DropBox also offers 25GB of free Dropbox storage for two years to customers who purchase the smartphone.
HTC has developed a couple of optional accessories for the phone as well: the wireless Media Link HD plugging into a TV’s HDMI port and allowing wireless streaming of content from the phone to the television. The HTC Car Stereo Clip connects to your car’s speaker system and turns your handset into an internet radio streamer, connecting you to a world of music via the internet or any other music app on the device.
The phone launches today on Optus and Virgin mobile, with a Telstra version expected on July 17. Optus customers can get the phone for $0 up front on a $50 plan over 24 months, while Virgin customers can enjoy the One S for $0 up front on a $39 Big Plan.