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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
HTC And Microsoft Release The Windows Phone 8S and 8X Smartphones

HTC and Microsoft today unveiled the first signature Windows Phones, the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast high-quality sound with Beats Audio and increased camera capabilities.

"Pairing HTC's beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. "Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I'm thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level."

"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."

HTC said it created the Windows Phone 8X and 8S "to blend the virtual and the physical utilizing a three dimensional, pure uni-body design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles." The company is bringing bold and sophisticated colors in a premium matte finish to these devices. The Windows Phone 8X will come in a variety of colors including blue, black, red and yellow. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in domino, red, blue and gray.

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC features a 4.3" HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen (1280 x 720 ) protected from everyday bumps and scrapes by lightweight Gorilla Glass 2, while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare. It is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor buffered by 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC and an integrated 1,800mAh Li-ion battery. There's also quadband radio support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSPA/WCDMA (850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz) and LTE for U.S. carriers.

For the first time, HTC is introducing a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88 ultra-wide angle front-facing camera in the 8X model, which 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 sensor with backside-illumination (BSI) 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 to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.

Exclusively available on HTC smartphones, Beats Audio provides studio-quality sound. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC featuring Beats Audio also offers an audio amplifier powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker.

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts an LCD 4" screen with Gorilla Glass. It will be shipping with HSPA on board. Under the hood is a dual-core S4 clocked at 1GHz. The CPU is augmented by 512MB of RAM. 4GB of storage is baked in and also a microSD slot is available for expansion. The handset is powered by a 1,700 mAh battery. However, the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to skip a front-facing cam on this device and the sensor around back is only 5MP and limited to 720p video capture.

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 Store and Xbox Live, ithey can enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.

The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC will be available beginning in November by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.



Windows Phone 8S by HTC

Windows Phone 8X by HTC

Size 120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm
Weight 113 grams with battery

130 grams with battery

Display 4 inch super LCD touch screen with WVGA resolution
Gorilla Glass
4.3 inch super LCD 2 touch screen with HD 720p resolution
Gorilla Glass 2
CPU speed Qualcomm S4 1 GHz, Dual-core Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz, Dual-core
Platform Windows Phone 8
SIM card type MicroSIM
Memory Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies
Expansion SD card slot supports micro SD memory card for additional storage (card not included)
RAM 512 MB
Total storage: 16 GB, available capacity varies
Network GSM/GPRS/EDGE:  850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA/WCDMA:  Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
GPS Internal GPS antenna with GLONASS
Sensors G-Sensor
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light senso
Connectivity 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
NFC capable
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Sound enhancement Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio built in Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio built in
Enjoy bigger sound and superior fidelity with exclusive built-in amp
Main camera 5 megapixel camera with auto focus LED flash
F2.8 aperture and 35mm lens
720p video recording
8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
1080p video recording
Dedicated HTC ImageChip
Front camera - Capture more with the ultra-wide-angle front camera
2.1 megapixel front camera
1080p front camera video recording
F2.0 aperture
Dedicated HTC ImageChip
Multimedia Audio supported formats:
    Playback:  .aac, .amr, .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .asf, .wma (verison 9 and 10)
    Recording:  .wav (w/OneNote)

Video supported formats:
    Playback:  .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, m4v, asf, .wmv (version 9 and 10)
    Recording:  .mp4
Bettery Embeded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery
Capacity:  1700 mAh
Embeded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery
Capacity:  1800 mAh

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