HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S Officially Uncovered
HTC is trying to reenter the Windows Phone game and we have to say it will be the way easier than for others, because HTC is in a deep cooperation with major carriers in the US. However, a few days ago the Taiwanese company unveiled two Windows Phone 8 running devices—the HTC Windows Phone 8X and HTC Windows Phone 8S.
Both devices have been awaited too much, but honestly, we’d like to see their third brother called the HTC Windows Phone 8V. Anyway, we have what we have, so let’s get acquainted with the selling points of the devices.
Firstly, I’d like to talk about the HTC Windows Phone 8X, which is made for the high-end market, therefore it sports better features. Among them are a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 touchscreen at a 720p resolution and 342ppi pixel density, which is protected with Gorilla Glass 2 found on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Ativ S. The rest of specs include a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz paired with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, an f/2.0 aperture 28mm lens and HTC ImageChip like Nokia’s PureView. The camera is able to record videos at 1080p. Finally, the Windows Phone 8X comes with a 1800mAh battery and supports 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.
Secondly, the HTC Windows Phone 8S is a mid-range device with decent features, and it’s unreasonable to wait for astonishing features from this modest handset. It sports a 4-inch Super LCD screen at a WVGA resolution 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 GSM, GPR, EDGE, CDMA, HSPA and WCDMA.
Both devices comes with Beats Audio out of the box, which is a plus.
HTC has tried to make stunning handsets that will be available in various colors. In this sense, the HTC smartphone don’t yield Nokia Lumia range devices. The Windows Phone 8X will come 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. Moreover, the Windows Phone 8S has a removable cap at the bottom, which includes the micro SIM and microSD card slots.
HTC has announced the devices will be launched in 150 countries via 50 carriers and retailers, and though it didn’t mention exact names, we already have a heavy info on the mobile operators and third-parties. So, the Windows Phone 8X will be launched in the US via Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Three UK has said it will launch the phone as well. Rogers will be releasing the 8X in Canada. As for other countries and pricing, the Danes can get it for 550 Euros and the HTC Windows Phone 8S 299 Euros, while the French people will be able to pick them up for 499 Euros and 339 Euros, respectively.