HTC produced some of the best devices for early Windows phone users, and by the looks of their two latest handsets for Windows Phone 8, that’s still true. The newly announced 8X and 8S both feature premium external detailing thanks to unibody construction, big gorilla glass screens, bold color ways and a beveled-thin edge that make the already svelte phones fit nicely in the hand.
The 8X is HTC’s powerhouse, featuring a 4.3-inch 720p LCD 2 display good for a PPI of 342, dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, 16 gigs of internal storage, Beats Audio with an “enhanced headphone amp”, LTE and NFC. Imaging is also top notch thanks to a 2.1MP front-facing camera with 88 degree field of vision (great for video chatting and group pictures), and a 8MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and LED flash — both of which can capture 1080p video.
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The 8S takes a slight size and specification downgrade from its bigger sibling thanks to a 4-inch 800×400 Super LCD display, a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB of storage (expandable via MicroSD) and a 5MP rear shooter with 720p video recording. Obviously, it’s no match spec-wise, but a two-tone body sets it apart from the 8X and provides a handsome touch of flash.
Both are solid devices for Windows Phone 8’s burgeoning stable of compelling mobile hardware. In fact, Microsoft has announced that these handsets will become the face of the new platform — going so far as to make HTC the first and only manufacturer to include the Windows Phone 8 brand as part of its product naming. That may seem strange given Nokia’s all-in bet on the platform and the exciting innovations such as wireless charging and Pureview imaging found in their recently announced Lumia 920 flagship. We can’t speculate on that situation directly, but HTC has at least trumped Nokia for now by sharing that both devices will be available on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon for a price of $199 for the 8X. They’ve also shared a definite release time window of November — so they’ll likely be in buyer’s hands sooner.
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