HTC co-opts Microsoft's Windows Phone name for 8X, 8S

HTC has pulled the curtain back on its Windows Phone 8X and 8S smartphones, the latest takes on Microsoft's upcoming mobile platform.

A pack of Windows Phone 8S devices in different colours.
(Credit: Brian Bennett/CNET)

It's shaping up to be an aggressive launch for Windows Phone 8, which already has the backing of Samsung, Nokia and now HTC. The phones are expected to debut in November, following closely behind the launch of the desktop and tablet operating system Windows 8.

It's an illustration of Microsoft's confidence in HTC that the Windows Phone name will actually be used as the name of its devices, perhaps dampening Nokia's claim to having the "real" Windows Phone devices.

The HTC phones come in different, vibrant colours, and boast strong camera technology. They also feature more than a passing resemblance to Nokia's own Lumia line of Windows Phone handsets, which also come in a variety of colours. The company said that its engineers didn't decide to add colours to its phones because of Nokia.

"We don't feel the need to respond," said HTC representative Jeff Gordon.

HTC unveiled the two phones at an event in New York overnight. Pricing for the two phones is still up in the air, although the Windows Phone 8X should sell on higher price plans than the Windows Phone 8S.

Both versions come in a variety of bold colours, part of HTC's new, bolder approach, with colour names such as California blue and high-rise grey-yellow.

The 8X also features an 8-megapixel camera with an HTC ImageChip, which Gordon said would improve the speed of the shots. Other features include a 4.3-inch high-definition Super LCD 2 display, a 2MB front-facing camera, an 1800mAh embedded battery, a 1.5 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, 16 gigabytes of space, 1GB of RAM and Beats audio technology built in to the phone.

The lower-end 8S, intended to be a mass market phone, packs a 5-megapixel camera, a 4-inch Super LCD WVGA display, a 1 gigahertz dual-core processor, 4GB of space and 512MB of RAM. It also has a smaller battery at 1700mAh. It also has Beats audio technology built in to the phone.


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Im Batman posted a comment   

I ended up watching a bit of the announcement (not by design), but have to say i found the liveblog by the US guys a bit distracting.
Just as Peter Chou/Balmer took the stage to frame the event, the other editors back at the office drop in their links to "HTC announce the 8X.." and "hands on with the 8X..." etc.
Peter hadn't even mentioned the phones during the announcement.

Clearly a case where they were under an embargo on the products, but i would have preferred them atleast wait until the liveblog had "announced" the devices.

Anywho, devices look good, great push my the WP8 partners and MS, hope they are able to back it up with a great experience and delivery of hardware.

From the image at the top of the 8S, the thick bottom band of colour looks a bit out of place against the black frame edges and top face. The colour is around the edge, but side edge and thus isn't visible from the top down.


thesorehead posted a comment   

Does the 8S have microSD? 4GB is ... really not a lot.


trebor83 posted a reply   

It appears that it does. I'm having a hard time finding information on whether the X does though.


trebor83 posted a reply   

Concensus seems to say,

8S - 4gb expandable
8X - 16gb non- expandable


Why do OEMs keep crippling there phones in one way or another?


LabbyP posted a reply   

Well it is not the manufacturers fault it's MS. They have said your phones need X, Y


trebor83 posted a comment   

Wait, so there wasn't an Android device in sight at this event? What happen to all the Tablets and Phablets and cameras and Phones that were supposedto e running it? Could it be that when HTC say they are going 'all in on Windows Phone 8' part of that might mean not over shadowing the launch of there new devices?

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