HTC Announces Windows Phone 8S and Windows Phone 8X

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HTC has announced the Windows Phone 8S and Windows Phone 8X today.  Let’s just get right into it as the specs are all below:

HTC Windows Phone 8S

HTC Windows Phone 8S
The four-inch Windows Phone 8S ships with HSPA and there currently isn’t any news on whether it will have an LTE edition.  The WVGA screen has Gorilla Glass and Super LCD technology.  The device has a dual-core S4 clocked at 1GHz and it has 512MB of RAM.  Storage is at 4GB and there is a microSD slot for expansion.  Oddly enough, the Windows Phone 8S does not have a front-facing camera, but it has a 5-megapixel camera on the back with 720p video capture.  The phone is 10.28mm thick and it has two-tone polycarbonate bodies.  The pricing is unknown for the device as of right now.  Below is a press release on the Windows Phone 8S and Windows Phone 8X.

HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X

The HTC Windows Phone 8X has a 4.3-inch 1280×720 Super LCD 2 display with Gorilla Glass 2 coating.  It has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM.  The storage in the phone is at 16GB.  The Windows Phone 8X has WiFi, NFC, 1,800mAh Li-ion battery, and quad-band radio support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSPA/WCDMA (850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz).  The audio is powered by Beats Audio and it has a built-in amplifier.  There is an ImageChip for continuous shooting.  In terms of shooting, there is a dual-camera with 2.1-megapixel with 88-degree ultra-wide-angle lens in the front and an 8-megapixel with an f/2.0 lens with a single LED flash on the rear.  Both are capable of capture video at 1080p.  The phone is available in four colors (Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow) and will be available this November across 150 carriers worldwide.

Press Release:


New Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC to be available through
more than 150 mobile operators globally

NEW YORK, 19th September, 2012 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Microsoft today unveiled the first signature Windows Phones, the stunning Windows® Phone 8X and 8S by HTC®. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast iconic design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ and incredible camera capabilities.

“Pairing HTC’s beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I’m thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level.”

“We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”

Iconic Design
The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone has a clear, differentiated vision and the consumer experience has been widely recognized as being groundbreaking, innovative and fresh. HTC created the Windows Phone 8X and 8S to blend the virtual and the physical utilizing a three dimensional, pure uni-body design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles. The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are perfectly sculpted with a dramatic taper making them feel magically thin in your hand.

Because color is such an integral part of the Windows Phone experience, HTC is bringing bold, sophisticated and adventurous colors in a premium matte finish to these devices. The Windows Phone 8X will come in a variety of colors including California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray.

Capture and share your world
For the first time, HTC is introducing a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88° ultra-wide angle front-facing camera that allows up to four people and more to be captured at once. It also supports 1080p video capture. The rear camera sports an 8mp CMOS sensor with backside-illumination (BSI) for improved low-light performance, along with an f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and a dedicated imaging chip. A physical shutter button makes it quick and easy to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.

Spectacular Sound with Beats Audio
Exclusively available on HTC smartphones, Beats Audio provides authentic, studio-quality sound that delivers the spirit of the original recording. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC featuring Beats Audio also offers a unique audio amplifier powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker, boosting the audio signal for even better sound no matter if you’re listening to music, playing a game or watching a video.

Brilliant Display
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC features a beautiful, 4.3″ HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen protected from everyday bumps and scrapes by lightweight Gorilla® Glass 2, while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare, ensuring you see every detail. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts a bright super LCD 4″ screen with Gorilla® Glass, allowing users to see the Windows Phone Live Tiles, and every message and photo, with crystal clarity and sparkling color.

With the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC people can carry their favorite music, movies and photos with them wherever they go. With the Windows Phone Store and Xbox Live, it is easier than ever to enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.

The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC will be available beginning in November. Available through more than 150 carriers in 50+ countries, the Windows Phone 8X or 8S by HTC will be available from the world’s top carriers including: United States: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Europe: Orange, O2 Telefonica, MTS, Three UK, T-Mobile, and Vodafone Asia-Pacific: Chunghwa Telecom, Optus, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Smartone, Telstra and Vodafone Australia.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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