HTC Windows Phone 8X and Window Phone 8S announced: Full Specifications

HTC has finally unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 handsets today the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S. Check out the full PR below as I will update this post with the hardware specifications of theses devices as soon as possible:

UPDATE: Full specs and video after the break!


New Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC to be available through more than 150 mobile operators globally

NEW YORK, 19th September, 2012 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Microsoft today unveiled the first signature Windows Phones, the stunning Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast iconic design, immersive studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ and incredible camera capabilities.
“Pairing these beautiful new HTC phones with our Windows Phone brand is a big milestone for both of our companies and our partnership.” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we are offering customers a simple choice and a truly unique experience.”
“We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”

Iconic Design
The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone has a clear, differentiated vision and the consumer experience has been widely recognised as being groundbreaking, innovative and fresh. With people as its inspiration, HTC designed the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC in way to blend the virtual and the physical utilising a 3D pillow-like design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles. The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are perfectly sculpted with a dramatic taper making them feel thin in the hand. Because colour is such an integral part of the Windows Phone experience, HTC is bringing bold, sophisticated and adventurous colours in a premium matte finish to these devices 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 by HTC.

Spectacular Sound with Beats Audio
Exclusively available on HTC smartphones, Beats Audio delivers the most authentic, studio-quality sound, with deeper bass and crisp vocals. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC also offers unique audio amplifiers powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker, boosting the audio signal for even better sound no matter if you’re listening to music, playing a game or watching a video.

Capture and share your world
For the first time ever, HTC is introducing 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. It also supports 1080p video capture. The rear camera sports an 8mp CMOS with a backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor for improved low-light performance, along with an f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and a dedicated imaging chip. A physical shutter button makes it quick and easy to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.

Brilliant Display
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC features a beautiful, 4.3” HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen, while the Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts a bright 4” screen, allowing users to see the Windows Phone Live Tiles, and every message and photo, with crystal clarity and sparkling colour. The displays are protected from everyday bumps and scrapes by lightweight Gorilla® Glass, while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare, ensuring you see every detail.

With the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC people can carry their favorite music, movies and photos with them wherever they go. With the Windows Phone Marketplace Store and Xbox Live, it is easier than ever to enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.

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.
UK – HTC is pleased to announce that 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.

As you can see from the specifications above the HTC Windows Phone 8X falls behind the Nokia Lumia 920 in terms of features (less memory, on BT 2.1 etc) but also has the edge in other places like the screen PPI, front facing camera and the device’s weight. The Windows Phone 8S surprisingly doesn’t even feature a compass (wtf?) and only packs a regular WVGA LCD so it’s safe to say that the Nokia Lumia 820 is a far better choice as a mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset (unless the 8S is priced lower). Both Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S will be LTE compatible but only in select regions and operators (Verizon will get an LTE version of the 8X same for AT&T) unlike the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 who support all LTE bands worldwide. All in all there’s nothing really groundbreaking here other than really nice handset , the 8X, and an nice entry level WP8 device , the 8S. People shouldn’t forget the Samsung ATIV S which will be the only high-end Windows Phone 8 handset with a micro-sd expansion slot and and HD Super-AMOLED display.

Regarding the phones design I’m sure that Nokia must be a little bothered right now give the similarities with the Nokia Lumia design (full polycarbonate body with bright colors and even curved screen glass) but there’s in my opinion to waist discussing if HTC copied Nokia etc..Just look at the positive side of all these new handsets: they no longer look like crap or straight copies of their Android counterparts even though they share the same internal hardware (don’t forget that the HTC handsets have dedicated imaging chip besides the Snapdragon S4 SoC like on the Android One devices) but are clearly inspired by the Windows Phone OS design language. The one thing that HTC and Samsung will be lacking vs Nokia is the full suite of exclusive applications and service like Nokia Transport, City Lens, Nokia Music etc. Nokia Maps will be integrated into Windows Phone 8 but we still don’t know exactly how. Microsoft has yet to show the WP8 Bing Maps application which uses the Nokia Maps back-end and Nokia has only shown Nokia Maps so far. One has to wonder if both will coexist on Nokia’s handsets like they do on WP7 or if the Lumia’s will have a “special” version of WP8 with only the Nokia Maps application acting as the main navigation service. Nokia Drive is now available to all WP8 OEMS if they which to pre-install it on their handset but neither HTC nor Samsung have announced anything yet and we may have to wait until Microsoft final Windows Phone 8 unveiling to get a definitive answer to all these questions. Finally the HTC Windows Phone 8X will be priced at 499€ and the Windows Phone 8S 399€ without a contract in Europe when launched in November.

  • Michael Sellers

    We have two HTC Titans, and the call quality is terrible. So, we are reluctant to buy more HTC phones. We are open minded and would consider giving HTC another chance, but this WP8 release is not good. A smaller screen, no replaceable battery, a small battery, no microSD, and no HDMI out (not spoken of so far). The Nokia 920 suffers from most of the same shortcomings. We will be buying Samsung Ativ S with a large screen, replaceable battery, and 96 GB of storage.