HTC Windows Phone 8X And Windows Phone 8S Officially Launched
On Wednesday, HTC launched its first smartphones running on Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s operating system for mobile phones, and the names of the two terminals are more than suggestive: HTC Windows Phone 8X and HTC Windows Phone 8S.
Probably, most of the WP 8 enthusiasts will call them HTC 8X and HTC 8S, but this matters less.
Both HTC’s Windows Phone 8 devices come with 4+ inch displays, which shows that the smartphone makers are now completely neglecting the terminals with designs that include touchscreen panels lower than 4 inches.
HTC Windows Phone 8X is the flagship smartphone of the Taiwan-based company’s line-up underpinned by Microsoft’s latest operating system.
HTC Windows Phone 8X sports a unibody policarbonate case, just like its Android-powered cousin, HTC One X, which means that you won’t have access to the battery. Still it is a compact gadget, sized 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm, and the 130 grams weight is very common in the segment.
The smartphone has a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display, with HD resolution of 1,080 x 720 pixels and protected against scratches by Gorilla Glass 2, while the hardware platform is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset with dual-core Krait CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 225 GPU. It also comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal flash storage, expandable using a microSD card.
In terms of connectivity HTC Windows Phone 8X sports 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi dual-band and NFC, plus the microUSB port and, as I mentioned above, the microSD card slot.
The Windows Phone 8 HTC flagship smartphone has an 8 megapixel camera with BSI sensor and support for 1080p full HD video recording, while the front-facing camera is also capable of recording 1080p videos, even though it only has a 2.1 MP sensor.
HTC claims that the sound is managed by Beats Audion, but, unfortunately, the Windows Phone 8X package will not include a pair of Beats headphones.
As usual, HTC didn’t announced the price of its new Windows Phone 8 smartphone, but what we know for sure is that it will become available for purchase in early November.
The main WP8-powered rivals of HTC Windows Phone 8X will be Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung ATIV S. It will be an interesting battle given that all three smartphones have the same hardware platform, the displays being the one that separates them.
The three reputed smartphone makers have put their money on different display sizes (4.3 inches for HTC Windows Phone 8X, 4.5 inches for Nokia Lumia 920 and 4.8 inches for Samsung ATIV S), but the resolution is the same for all of them, making the HTC terminal the leader when it comes to pixel density. All three smartphones come with 8 megapixel cameras with full HD video recording capabilities, but here Nokia seems to be up front, thanks to the PureView sensor.
The three rivals will most likely cost about the same and since the technical specs are almost the same, the customers will probably choose one of them based on the design or brand.
If for some reason the HTC Windows Phone 8X is not well suited to your needs, you can take a look at the mid-range WP8-powered HTC smartphone, announced at the same press conference.
Named HTC Windows Phone 8S, the terminal sports a capacitive 4-inch Super LCD touch panel with 800 x 480 pixels, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset was limited to a dual-core Krait processor at 1 GHz, Adreno 225 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. The internal storage is 4 GB, but it can be expanded using microSD card.
The NFC chip disappeared from the connectivity arsenal, but the package includes the classic 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS connections, plus GLONASS compatibility.
Least, but not last, the primary camera on the back has a 5 megapixel sensor and it can record 1080p videos, while the front-facing camera will handle the video calls.
HTC Windows Phone 8S measures 120.5 x 63 x 10.3 mm and besides being smaller than HTC Windows Phone 8X, the smartphone is significantly lighter than its bigger brother, weighing in only 113 grams.
Even though it seems hard to believe, there’s no other WP8 smartphone to compete against HTC Windows Phone 8S on his market segment, as no other OEM has launched a mid-range Windows Phone 8-powered smartphone. Still, we mustn’t forget that Nokia will introduce such devices in early 2013, and Samsung might also prepare a response.
The Windows Phone 8 fans have a new reason to cheer after the launch of HTC Windows Phone 8X and HTC Windows Phone 8S, since there are more terminals to choose from.
Even though they are far from competing against the hundreds of Android smartphones, HTC’s new smartphones are an important step forward in Microsoft’s operating system.