HTC has finally announced two Microsoft Windows Phone 8 based smartphones. Named as HTC 8X and HTC 8S, the smartphones feature a new unibody design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles styling and come with premium matte finish in all colours.
The HTC 8X is a top end Windows Phone 8 device with 720p HD native resolution bearing display while the HTC 8S is a mid-range device that lacks a front facing camera. HTC plans to make the new 8X and 8S available in over 50 countries starting this November.
Earlier, as The Mobile Indian had also reported, HTC was said to have been working on three Windows Phone 8 based devices codenamed as Accord, Rio and Zenith. Recently the details of the HTC 8X had surfaced online as well. Just like the new One series, HTC has employed a similar model names and design strategy with the new Windows Phone 8 based smartphones.
The HTC 8X features a 4.3-inch S-LCD 2 touchscreen display, manufactured using the new Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology for great durability, slim glass panel and scratch-resistance. This display features 1280×720 pixel resolution natively and offers 341 pixels per inch pixel density. HTC has also added a layer of optical lamination for better sharpness, clarity and also to reduce the light reflection. That means the content on the screen would be legible even in bright daylight.
HTC has packed a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor along with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB on-board storage. This smartphone supports LTE networks along with 3G networks and offers wireless connectivity options through Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and faster dual-band WiFi.
At the back, the HTC 8X flaunts an 8 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and ultra-wide angle lens to capture more details. HTC has added dedicated ImageChip for faster focus and also deliver clear, sharp images. This camera is capable of recording 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and HTC has provided dedicated camera button for this device. The 8X also has a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera for high quality video call and chat.
HTC has integrated the Beats Audio technology along with exclusively built-in amplifiers and also offered support for Near Field Communication. The HTC 8X has non-removable 1800 mAh battery and weighs about 130 grams with battery – almost same as the HTC One X. Surprisingly, there is no mention about expandable storage and we believe that it does not offer any.
The 4-inch Super LCD display of the 8S, which has been made using Corning Gorilla Glass technology, visually supports 800×480 pixel resolution natively. HTC has packed a dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor with 512 MB RAM and 16 GB on-board storage.
Thankfully, HTC 8S has a memory expansion slot. This smartphone has slightly different and block-like design similar to the HTC HD2. Supporting dual-band 3G networks, this smartphone also supports micro-SIM and offers WiFi, Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.
HTC has incorporated the Beats Audio technology for the best quality audio output. At the rear, the 8S features f/2.8 aperture bearing 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and has 35 mm lens. This camera is capable of recording 720p HD videos at 30 frames per second. There is no secondary camera on the 8S but this too has a dedicated camera button. For location based services, it offers GPS with GLONASS support. HTC has added 1700 mAh non-removable battery that should give a decent battery life.
The company has not announce the pricing of the unlocked/contract-free version of the HTC 8X and 8S. We expect the company to introduce both these smartphones sometime in November for India as well.