HTC 8S not going to be sold in the US
It looks like HTC is not planning to sell the HTC 8S in the United States according to information sent from an internal source to the folks at Engadget. The HTC 8S was announced with the HTC 8X back in September, but as of today retail and carrier references have not been mentioned for the US. The HTC 8X has spread its wings on several carriers across American soil and if things stay the way they are this will be only Windows Phone 8 handset sold by HTC in the US until a new round of devices are announced. Chances are that you can get your hands on an unlocked HTC 8S when it becomes available across the globe. Expansys still has the HTC 8S up for pre-order if you want to head over there.
Though still unofficial, this is the statement received by Engadget:
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is our signature Windows Phone available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. With our focus on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market.
The HTC 8S is an entry level Windows Phone 8 model and comes in a stylish array of colors. HTC may be gearing this phone up for the markets that a lower priced handset might have a better shot in. In the recent months, HTC announced that it would shift some focus to China and other areas that are about to see a big mobile boom.