"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."
HTC said it 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 company is bringing bold and sophisticated colors in a premium matte finish to these devices. The Windows Phone 8X will come in a variety of colors including blue, black, red and yellow. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in domino, red, blue and gray.
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC features a 4.3" HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen (1280 x 720 ) protected from everyday bumps and scrapes by lightweight Gorilla Glass 2, while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor buffered by 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC and an integrated 1,800mAh Li-ion battery. There's also quadband radio support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSPA/WCDMA (850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz) and LTE for U.S. carriers.
For the first time, HTC is introducing a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88° ultra-wide angle front-facing camera in the 8X model, which 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 to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.
Exclusively available on HTC smartphones, Beats Audio provides studio-quality sound. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC featuring Beats Audio also offers an audio amplifier powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker.
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts an LCD 4" screen with Gorilla Glass. It will be shipping with HSPA on board. Under the hood is a dual-core S4 clocked at 1GHz. The CPU is augmented by 512MB of RAM. 4GB of storage is baked in and also a microSD slot is available for expansion. The handset is powered by a 1,700 mAh battery. However, the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to skip a front-facing cam on this device and the sensor around back is only 5MP and limited to 720p video capture.
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, ithey can enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.
The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC will be available beginning in November by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
Windows Phone 8S by HTC
Windows Phone 8X by HTC
|Size||120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm||132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm|
|Weight||113 grams with battery||
130 grams with battery
|Display||4 inch super LCD touch screen with WVGA resolution
|4.3 inch super LCD 2 touch screen with HD 720p resolution
Gorilla Glass 2
|CPU speed||Qualcomm S4 1 GHz, Dual-core||Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz, Dual-core|
|Platform||Windows Phone 8|
|SIM card type||MicroSIM|
|Memory||Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies
Expansion SD card slot supports micro SD memory card for additional storage (card not included)
RAM 512 MB
|Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies
|Network||GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
|GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
|GPS||Internal GPS antenna with GLONASS|
Ambient light sensor
Ambient light senso
|Connectivity||3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
|3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
|Sound enhancement||Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio built in||Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio built in
Enjoy bigger sound and superior fidelity with exclusive built-in amp
|Main camera||5 megapixel camera with auto focus LED flash
F2.8 aperture and 35mm lens
720p video recording
|8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
1080p video recording
Dedicated HTC ImageChip
|Front camera||-||Capture more with the ultra-wide-angle front camera
2.1 megapixel front camera
1080p front camera video recording
Dedicated HTC ImageChip
|Multimedia||Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .asf, .wma (verison 9 and 10)
Recording: .wav (w/OneNote)
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, m4v, asf, .wmv (version 9 and 10)
|Bettery||Embeded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery
Capacity: 1700 mAh
|Embeded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery
Capacity: 1800 mAh