After a period of guessing and second guessing, HTC today revealed two Windows Phone 8 handsets at an event in New York. The HTC 8X and HTC 8S will launch in early November, making these the first confirmed release dates for handsets based on the new Windows Phone 8 platform. This should enable HTC to steal a march on the Windows Phone market in time for the busy Christmas shopping season.
While both handsets take advantage of Beats Audio sound, there are key differences between the two. Let’s take a closer look at both phones.
The 8X will be the company’s flagship model, with a 4.3″ screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution and an 8MP rear-facing camera which HTC says produces “faster focus speed and clearer, sharper shots”. The front-facing camera is a 2.1MP, larger than most, and has been designed to provide a wide-angled view.
The handset will pack a Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, which isn’t quite as powerful as the 1.5GHz quad-core processor on the One X. One criticism about the One X was that it didn’t have extendable memory, and it doesn’t seem as though that’s been taken on board, as there’s no way to expand the 16GB that comes with the 8X.
In contrast to the iPhone 5, which was announced last week, the 8X will have NFC, or near field communication, allowing for contactless payments. It will come in a range of vivid colours, which is fast giving Windows Phone handsets an offbeat and unique identity.
The 8S is targeted at the mid-range market and has a smaller, 4-inch display, measuring in at 120.5mm and 113g against the 132.35mm, 130g sizing of its bigger brother. Camera size is 5MP and features auto-focus and LED flash.
There’s no NFC on the 8S but one key difference between the S and the X is that it’s on board 4GB of memory can be expanded. Despite the lighter specs, the 8S is a great looking phone and its striking two-tone colours really catch the eye.
These are bold new releases from HTC and will likely build on the growing interest surrounding Windows Phone 8. With a launch date already announced, it’s likely that pre-orders for the phones will be strong. As soon as the handsets are ready to pre-order Mobilesplease will have all the best HTC 8X and HTC 8S deals on the market.