HTC and Microsoft just put the Windows Phone 8 community on notice -- the HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S are the devices to beat. What's interesting here isn't that HTC has Microsoft's full blessing -- technically, all Windows Phone manufacturers do -- but that HTC is being allowed to name its next generation smartphones after the platform it's built around. There's no mistaking which OS is running on the show on HTC's devices, whereas less savvy users might not be able to tell you right off the bat what OS Nokia's Lumia 920 is built around.
"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."
In any event, here they are. Starting at the top, HTC's Windows Phone 8X sports a 4.3-inch HD (1280x720) Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC support, 4G LTE, and two features that set it apart: Beats Audio integration (with built-in amplifier), and a 2.1MP, f/2.0 aperture, 88-degree ultra-wide angle front-facing camera that can capture up to four people at once. It also has an 8MP rear-facing camera (f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens) with a dedicated imaging chip, backside illumination, and physical shutter button.
HTC's Windows Phone 8S is slightly smaller at 4 inches. It has a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 5MP rear-facing, camera, and Beats Audio.
Both handsets will arrive in November. No word yet on price.