Yesterday HTC announced two new smartphones running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 operating system. The first device is the HTC Windows Phone 8X made for the high-end market, and the second is the HTC Windows Phone 8S expected to fight against such mid-range smartphone as the Nokia Lumia 820. The Taiwanese manufacturer announced both devices will be available in November in 150 countries via 50 retailers and carriers.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X sports a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 touchscreen at a 720p resolution and 342ppi pixel density. It is protected with Gorilla Glass 2 technology also seen on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Ativ S. Other than that, it comes with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, which can’t be expanded because there is no microSD card slot, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, an f/2.0 aperture 28mm lens and HTC ImageChip. The latter is HTC’s answer to Nokia’s PureView and can be found on the HTC One X.
The rest of features include a 1800mAh battery, a frontal camera recording 1080p videos and connectivity features including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA, HSPA, WCDMA and LTE. Plus, the HTC Windows Phone 8X supports NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 4GHz), Bluetooth 2.1 and micro USB port.
It’s sibling, the HTC Windows Phone 8S is packed with less attractive features. It’s a perfect option for those who want to enjoy Windows Phone 8 OS but can’t afford the HTC Windows Phone 8X. The handset is equipped with a 4-inch Super LCD screen at a resolution of 800×480 pixels and protected with Gorilla Glass, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, f/2.8 aperture on a 35mm lens, a 1700mAh battery and supports the following networks: GSM, GPR, EDGE, CDMA, HSPA and WCDMA. Unfortunately, there is no LTE and a frontal camera, which means the built in Skype client will be useless.
The phones support Beats Audio, which is a differentiating feature in Windows Phone market.
Both devices come in various colors. The Windows Phone 8X will be launched in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow, while the HTC Windows Phone 8S’ palette includes Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray. They look like standard HTC devices but with slightly-rounded edges. The Windows Phone 8S has a removable cover at the bottom, which hides the micro SIM and microSD card slots. The battery, however, is not removable.
What concerns availability, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have already announced about launching the HTC Windows Phone 8X in the US. Three UK has also revealed its plans on this device. Canadian Rogers doesn’t mind having the phone in its stores. This said none of them has come up with pricing details. As to Europe, Danes can get the HTC Windows Phone 8X for 550 Euros and the HTC Windows Phone 8S 299 Euros. Also, a French retailer is selling the phones for 499 Euros and 339 Euros, respectively.