HTC at its much-awaited event yesterday in New York unveiled two very lengthily but straightforwardly-named Windows Phone 8 devices, the HTC Windows Phone 8X – its new flagship for the platform, and the lower-specced HTC Windows Phone 8S.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
The HTC Windows Phone 8X runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, bearing a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, the Adreno 225 GPU, coupled with 1GB of RAM. The 8X has a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display, with a resolution of 1,280×720 pixels (342ppi), and Gorilla Glass 2 treatment, apart from special anti-glare lamination.
10.1mm-thick, the HTC Windows Phone 8X is built on a polycarbonate unibody design, offers 16GB of built-in storage, and weighs in at 130 grams. It features an 8MP autofocus camera with a BSI sensor, LED flash, and an f/2.0 lens, with a 28mm FOV. The 8X also boasts of a dedicated image processor – the HTC ImageChip, which will also deliver 1080p HD video recording at 30fps, along with stereo sound. The device also comes with Beats Audio sound – no bundled headphones though.
As for connectivity options, the HTC Windows Phone 8X offers 3G (HSUPA/HSDPA), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with dual-band functionality, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR, NFC, microUSB v2.0, GPS with A-GPS support, 3.5mm audio jack, and no FM radio. The 8X is powered by a 1,800 mAh battery, however, HTC has not revealed expected battery life for the device.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X will start shipping to over 50 countries in November, and is available in four colours – California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow.
HTC Windows Phone 8S
The second WP8 phone introduced by HTC, the HTC Windows Phone 8S, runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, with a dual-core 1GHz processor, Adreno 225 GPU, coupled with 512MB of RAM. The 8S features a 4-inch S-LCD display with an 800×480 pixel resolution (translating to a paltry 233ppi), and a Gorilla Glass screen.
10.3mm-thick, the HTC Windows Phone 8S weighs in at 113 grams, and features 4GB of built-in storage, with microSD expandability up to 32GB. HTC has given the 8S a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, and 720p HD video recording at 30fps. The 8S also comes with Beats Audio sound, with no bundled headphones once again – not surprising seeing the spec sheet, and the mid-range nature of the device.
As for connectivity options, the HTC Windows Phone 8S offers 3G (HSUPA/HSDPA), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and EDR, microUSB v2.0, GPS with A-GPS support, and a 3.5mm audio jack. For now, there are no details about FM radio support. The 8S is powered by a 1,700 mAh battery, and once again, HTC has not revealed manufacturer rated battery life. The 8S will ship in three colours – Atlantic Blue, Domino, and High-Rise Grey. For now, there is no word on the availability or pricing of the device – though it should be launched sometime in Q4 2012.
What do you think of HTC’s Windows Phone 8 offerings? Will they be able to compete with the formidable Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, apart from the Samsung Ativ S? Let us know in the comments section below.
Do also check out HTC's design videos (similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 5) for the new Windows Phone 8 devices, below: