HTC Windows Phone 8X And 8S Official, Run Windows Phone 8 And Come With Beats Audio

HTC today announced its two new Windows Phone 8 devices, named Windows Phone 8X and 8S, both running, well, Windows Phone 8. They’re going to be the new faces of Windows Phone 8, and hence the weird, long, stupid and tiring names – HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S. It’s probably forced by Microsoft, but I’ll save my ranting for later.

HTC Windows Phone 8X

The Windows Phone 8X is the superior dude in the HTC line-up, and will be battling it out with the Lumia 920 and other smartphones. It comes with a 4.3″ Super LCD2 display, resolution fixed at 1280×720 pixels. There’s a dual core Snapdragon S4 processor under the hood (same as on the new Lumias) to keep things humming, along with an Adreno 225 GPU. The 8X also uses a polycarb shell, just like the One X, so it’ll be sturdier than normal phones. Wait, let me list the specs.

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4.3″ Super LCD2 display, 1280×720 pixels, ~342 PPI
  • 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU
  • 8 MP main camera, LED flash, 1080p recording at 30 FPS, continuous Auto-focus; front facing 2.1 MP camera, 1080p recording
  • 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory
  • NFC, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Beats audio
  • 1800 mAh battery

The internal memory is only 16 GB, and it’s not expandable, of which, only ~13 GB will be user accessible. For a flagship device, shame.

The 8X will come in four colours, and I find the black one quite good. But hey, have you seen the dual-tone of the Windows Phone 8S? It looks really good, but the amount of bezel turns me off.

Speaking of which, the 8S comes with a 4″ Super LCD display, of the old WVGA 480×800 resolution. It’s obviously going to play it out with the Lumia 820, and similar range devices, so don’t expect a lot from this.

HTC Windows Phone 8S

There’ll be a dual core 1 GHz processor, and a 5 MP camera, along with an LED flash to assist you in low-light captures. HTC has also added its ImageSense technology, to help you get better images, but I’m not sure if it can match Nokia’s PureView tech, now that the former claims to be the “Face of Windows Phone”.

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4″ Super LCD display, 800×480 pixels, ~233 PPI
  • 1 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor, Adreno 225 GPU
  • 5 MP main camera, LED flash, 720p recording
  • 512 MB RAM, 4 GB (HTC’s website says 16 GB, but the press release says 4 GB. Willing to bet it’s a typo on their site, so probably 4 GB it is) internal memory, expandable with a microSD card
  • NFC, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Beats audio
  • 1700 mAh battery

The Windows Phone 8X will be available starting November, but there wasn’t a word about 8S on this. No pricing information has been revealed, either.

Are you excited? Sure, I do like the 8X, but there’s not much that appeals to me. What do you think?