Before my Galaxy S2 came back from repairs, HTC One S was one of the phones I was considering due to its new processor architecture, the dual core 1.5GHz Krait CPU. However, I was recently alerted to the fact that the Malaysian version of HTC One S is in fact the non-Krait CPU version.
The Malaysian HTC One S runs on a dual core 1.7GHz Scorpion processor which is definitely an inferior processor (in terms of efficiency and therefore, power consumption) and it also has a slightly weaker Adreno 220 GPU instead of the Adreno 225 GPU in a regular HTC One S. I did a quick search on GSM Arena which brought to light that HTC did in fact release a separate version of the HTC One S that runs on a 1.7GHz Scorpion processor which is called the HTC One S C2. Note that this applies to devices bundled by DiGi and Maxis as well as any devices sold by dealers (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). Maxis seems to have messed up the spec sheet further by claiming it is running on Qualcomm’s MSM8260A Snapdragon (indicating a dual core Krait with Adreno 225 GPU) when it also states a 1.7GHz dual core CPU (most definitely a dual core Scorpion) and an Adreno 220 GPU.
Everything about the HTC One S C2 is exactly the same as the HTC One S except for the processor and GPU. Now, manufacturers have, for one reason or another, released certain devices which are region specific. For example, Sony is not bringing in the Xperia T to Malaysia but is only bringing in the Xperia TX variant. This is all good and fine. Except when a manufacturer releases a device pretending to be something else entirely. Samsung did this last time by silently replacing Galaxy S2 I9100 with its G-variant. At the time, there were many consumer complaints that they were tricked into buying the device (it turned out that the G-version is more custom developer friendly, but that’s a separate topic). But I do believe that when Samsung did that, the box of the I9100G did state that it was the G-variant. I’m trying to get a photo of the HTC One S to see whether it states the same and I will update this post as soon as I get a hold of it.
While HTC may have their own reasons such as huge demand overseas or lack of stock which prompted them to release a lower end version, same way as how Samsung released Wave 2 with LCD or Galaxy SL with LCD as it could not cope with the Super AMOLED screen demands for its Galaxy S phones. That is acceptable. But I believe that HTC should not have portrayed the HTC One S C2 as the HTC One S. Sure, the average joe consumer probably wouldn’t realize it but I was considering getting the phone as it is among the only phone in Malaysia to be currently running Krait cores (after reading about and hearing glowing reviews of its speed and battery efficiency). Now, HTC One S is no longer in the consideration for me. To me, this is a bad move by HTC (or at least the Malaysian branch).
Still waiting for news on the LG Nexus 4 or other Nexus phones before I decide on what phone to get next year.
P.S. Looks like this issue is not new as there have been complaints about this in certain HTCMalaysia Facebook postings.