At an event that has just wrapped up in New York, HTC have announced their two new Windows Phone devices, the 'Windows Phone 8X by HTC' and it's lower end sibling, the 'Windows Phone 8S by HTC', labelled by Microsoft as 'THE signature phones of Windows Phone 8'!
The first thing you notice when you see the new devices is the colours, including California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow for the Windows Phone 8X, by HTC and Domino Black-White, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Grey-Yellow for the Windows Phone 8S. Limelight Yellow in particular looks amazing.
Having had a play with the devices I can see that they look even better in the flesh than they do on the page. :)
Don't be fooled into thinking that because the devices are colourful they are Lumia knock-offs - in reality they feel very different. With an innovative pyramid stacked internal design, the devices have what HTC call a 'pillow' design that makes them feel thin in the hand and it does indeed work. HTC call it the 3D embodiment of a live tile. Not sure I buy that, but they sure are nice. :) What's particularly key to note is that the devices are not Android re-badges, they are designed from the ground up.
A number of premium features have made the leap from Android to Windows Phone (at least on the 8X), including HTC's camera experience and Beats audio. Beats audio on the 8X includes a dedicated amplifier that powers the 3.5mm jack and speaker. As well as inclusion of HTC's ImageSense chip (now called the ImageChip) and a dedicated camera button, the 8X features a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88° ultra-wide angle front-facing camera that allows up to four people and more to be captured at once, while also supporting 1080p video capture. The 8S does not include a front camera.
More details on the 'Windows Phone 8X by HTC' specifications...
- Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 4.3" 720P SLCD2 display with Gorilla Glass
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound.
- Dedicated HTC ImageChip
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
- NFC capable
- 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12mm
- 1800 mAh battery
and the 'Windows Phone 8S by HTC'...
- Qualcomm S4 1 GHz dual-core
- 4" WVGA LCD display with Gorilla Glass
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, f/2.8 aperture and 35mm lens, 720p HD video recording with stereo sound
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
- MicroSD expansion
- 120.5 x 63 x 10.28mm
- 1700 mAh battery
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be available in 50 countries beginning in early November with 126 mobile operators. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in 52 countries beginning in November with more than 146 mobile operators.
In the UK, all HTC's UK Operator, Retail and Distribution partners will be ranging both the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC: Three, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2, Virgin Media, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4u, Brightpoint and Brightstar Tech Data
The phones will also be ranged by a number of other operators including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the USA; Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile in Europe; and Telstra, Vodafone Australia, Singapore Telecommunications Group, Chunghwa Telecom, Smartone, Optus and Telecom NZ in Asia-Pacific.