HTC has finally unveiled its first two smartphones running Windows Phone 8. They’re officially called Windows Phone 8X by HTC, and Windows Phone 8S by HTC. With that out of the way, it’s pretty clear that we’ll all be referring to them as the HTC 8X and HTC 8S, respectively.
The 8X is, as anticipated, the higher-end of the duo – previously codenamed Accord. It packs specs very similar to Nokia’s Lumia 920, in a polycarbonate shell that’s also very reminiscent of the Finnish company’s latest designs, and it comes in colors that some may say are replicas of Nokia’s Windows Phone palettes.
Spec-wise, the 8X has a 4.3-inch 720p HD Super LCD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8 MP BSI rear camera with LED flash, a 2.1 MP front-facing BSI camera with 1080p Full HD video capture support, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, NFC, Beats Audio (including an extra amplifier so that bigger Beats headphones can be used without distortion), and a 1,800 mAh battery.
The HTC 8X will be out at the beginning of November in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.
The HTC 8S, known until now by its codename Rio, will be the more affordable offering in the Taiwanese company’s initial roster of WP8 devices. It will come with a 4-inch 480×800 Super LCD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage space, Beats Audio, a 5 MP rear camera and no front-facing one, a microSD slot (unlike its bigger brother), and a 1,700 mAh battery.
The 8S will come in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue, and High-Rise Gray – all in reality being two-tone finishes, as seen in the image above. Like the 8X, the HTC 8S will also be out in early November for a yet-unknown price.
At least one of HTC’s new WP8 devices will be offered by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Worldwide, the two handsets are expected to be for sale at more than 150 carriers.
Of note is the fact that HTC claims that Windows Phone 8 itself, as well as the ‘live tile’ concept helped create the design of the new devices. Remember that when you look at them and see Nokia’s influence all over (at least with regard to the 8X).
The HTC 8X and 8S will obviously compete with the recently unveiled Lumia 920 and 820. However, HTC’s phones will apparently be the signature WP8 devices, ‘almost the face of Windows Phone 8′. That’s because HTC and Microsoft will be joining forces for a marketing campaign regarding these handsets (read: like with the previous version of its mobile OS, Microsoft will fund most of the marketing for new Windows Phones). This move is clearly meant to show its non-Finnish partners that Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about them, and isn’t focusing solely on Nokia. Let’s see how well this will work out.
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