HTC launches 8X and 8S Windows Phone 8 smartphones

HTC has unveiled two Windows 8-powered phones – the Windows Phone 8X and 8S

HTC has unveiled two Windows 8-powered phones – the Windows Phone 8X and 8S

HTC has launched two new Windows 8-powered smartphones – the 8X and the 8S.

In a partnership with Microsoft, the new phones have been dubbed the ‘signature Windows phones’. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft said: “Pairing these beautiful new HTC phones with our Windows Phone brand is a big milestone for both of our companies and our partnership. Together we are offering customers a simple choice and a truly unique experience.”

Differences between the two handsets are quite drastic; so pay attention. On the whole the 8X is the better phone in terms of specs: 4.3 inch, 341ppi 720p HD gorilla-glass-coated screen, 16GB inbuilt memory, 1GB RAM, Qualcomm 1.5GHZ dual-core processor and 8MP CMOS camera with back-side illumination. However, it is heavier (13g) and taller (12mm) than the 8S.

The 8S has a SuperLCD display (not as vibrant and crisp) on gorilla glass, 4 inch screen with WVGA screen resolution, 4GB inbuilt memory, Qualcomm 1GHZ dual-core processor and 5MP camera.

Both handsets utilise Windows 8 OS and this could be the real lure of the handset as Microsoft looks to establish its cross-platform vision in tablet, desktop and mobile computing.

An exclusive deal struck with Beats Audio aims to deliver the same bass and crisp quality of other Dre products. How this translates into a mobile is unclear, but rest-assured, we will explain when we go hands-on with this Nokia Lumia 920 look-a-like.

This time around the Taiwanese manufacturer has decided that users want a facing camera that does something a little different. They have opted for a wide-angle 2.1mp camera that can capture an 88° cone of vision. Basically, this will allow up to four people to be captured at once. A physical shutter button ensures that photos can be captured even if the phone is locked.

Available in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, Limelight Yellow (pictured) for the 8X and Domino Black-White, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Grey-Yellow for the 8S.

On launch the HTC Windows phone 8S and 8X will be ready to pick up on contract with nearly every network known to man.