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HTC announces two new Windows Phone 8 devices, the 8X and 8S

We’re live in New York covering HTC’s event, and today it’s all Windows Phone 8. HTC’s CEO Peter Chou went on stage to discuss the “beautiful experience” of Windows Phone 8, and how he and Steve Ballmer from Microsoft met to discuss HTC’s new marketing opportunities for “hero phones.” HTC claims to have sold more Windows Phones than any other company, and Microsoft is happy to be working with the company in addition to Nokia, Samsung and others.

“It was clear what we had to do,” Ballmer said. “We need a breakthrough, an iconic Windows Phone,” and today’s event covered that territory. Steve Ballmer came on stage to talk about how the new operating system and how “beautiful software inspires beautiful hardware.”

The two phones being announced today are the HTC 8X and 8S: “thin, simple and personal.”

The 8X sports a 4.3-inch 1280×768 Super LCD2 display with a pixel density of 341ppi. It comes with a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM and 8-16GB of storage. Its 8MP camera has a dedicated ImageSense chip (like its One series Android phones) with a f/2.0 aperture. There’s also a 2.1MP front-facing camera that takes 1080p video (Wow!)

The 8X is made of the same gorgeous matte polycarbonate as the One X, but is slightly thinner and has “no bumps or protrusions” according to HTC. There’s Gorilla Glass on top and the 245 speaker grills have been “microdrilled,” another homage to their previous Android devices.

The 8X is without a microSD card for expansion, but comes with dual-channel 2.4Ghz/5Ghz WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth 2.1. Beats Audio will be on board, which is a first for Windows Phone. HTC has integrated an amplifier into both devices, improving sound quality from the integrated headphone jack and the speaker grill on the back.

Both the 8X and 8S will come in multiple colours, including bright yellows, reds and blues.

The 8S is more compact than its larger brother, and comes with a 1Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8627 processor. The 4-inch Super LCD display has a resolution of 800×480, similar to most first-generation Windows Phones.

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  • Jordan Hill

    8s?

    Apple is going to love this!!!!!

    • ns.dev

      It’s also rectangular…

  • BlackBerry Gangster

    HTC makes some damn good looking phones!

  • Mike

    I don’t see what the draw is over the Lumia 920. I’ve got a 900 and the feel is fantastic.

  • shadyguy

    Windows is looking pretty sweet right now.

  • Hilman

    Not a fan of those live tiles, yuck. The 8X screen is a fail too, definitely should have been 4.7″ like the HTC One X. Another swing and a miss for Windows Phones, I don’t see their market share changing anytime soon.

  • duw

    >Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies

    oh f off.

  • BP

    they look just like every other Windows mobile phone… hardly iconic…

  • Dalex

    Ummmm… 4.3 inch device? check (perfect size for smartphones)

    dual core S4? check (perfect SoC for LTE integration)

    SLC2 display like my One X? check (best screen on the market in a smaller display results in a whopping 341 ppi)

    not a heavy thick brick like the nokia lumia 920? check

    Dear HTC, here is my credit card number and my adress. I’m waiting.

  • Thai

    Live tiles are fugly. I see Windows phones going the way of the Blackberries. Also, no microSD? Are they retarded?

    • Dalex

      Yep, because all phones need SD cards to be successful. Man Apple must be going bankrupt… I’m sure that 95% of consumers care about having a micro SD card slot… Oh wait, they actually don’t? Thought so…

  • ns.dev

    I like the earpiece colour bleedthough.

  • Doc

    So no one x plus?????? WTF

    • Hilman

      I believe a new Android device is being announced after this.

  • Will Maitner

    16GB storage in this day and age without a microsd slot? Removed any chance of this making it into my pocket. Considering Apple has had 64GB available for while now, it needs to make it into a few of these Windows phones. Lame lame lame.

  • rip rim

    rip rim

  • Tomatoes

    Honestly it looks like any other fat HTC phone.

  • Miknitro

    Nice phones HTC, well done.

    Though in article it says the one phone is thinner then my OneX, I believe that be an error, may be trimmer as camera is flush, but body is slightly thicker then a OneX.

    Now WP8 folks have some decent choices coming out, good on you.

    Now though I look forward to any other OS phones from HTC like their 5in S4 Pro monster.

  • Tomatoes

    It is more of a fail than I thought. Here are the official dimensions.

    SIZE: 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12mm on a 4.3 inch phone? For gods sake.

    LG Optimus G

    131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm on a 4.7 inch phone.

    Too bad LG didn’t make the G a Windows Phone 8.

    I guess the brick Lumia 920 or the Ativ S, which is essentially exactly the same as my current phone for me then. Sigh. I wanted to try something different than Samsung too so leaning towards the brick.

  • M Man

    Out of all the Windows Phone 8 models that have been released so far, I am still gravitating towards Samsung Ativ S.

  • Ben

    I wonder if the ‘Signature Windows Phones’ are supposed to be like the Nexus line of Google devices — straight Windows OS without modifications/additions on a device without expandable memory (like the straight-up vanilla Android devices without OS mods/additions on hardware without expandable memory). MS already has Nokia in its pocket. Maybe for better or worse, they decided to try to win more support for their platform by letting HTC have the first ‘signature windows phones.’ Nokia added stuff to Windows Phone on the Lumias. Maybe Microsoft got a promise from HTC that they would keep the OS and phone hardware simple a la Nexus.

  • Thilan

    I am a huge Nokia fan (currently have the N9) BUT I think the HTC 8X looks better than the 920 which I think has bezels that are too large. The 820 looks nice than the 920 IMO but lacks the camera tech that the 920 has unfortunately.

  • Sam

    Are all Windows Phones going to look the same. I personally think this phone looks exactly like Nokia 920. And the front of the phone is starting to look more and more like an iPhone. A black strip at the top of the phone and at the bottom of the phone. The only difference in the front is that this one has three buttons at the bottom versus iPhones one. Honestly, when is someone going to come out with something different?

  • ruddias

    Make the 8x under 500 so I can use a prepaid visa to get it. It will never happen but one can dream.

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