Taiwan’s HTC on Wednesday unveiled two smartphone models running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system – the Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S.
The devices would be available in November through more than 150 service providers in over 50 countries globally.
HTC, which has generated most of its sales from phones based on Google’s Android software in recent years, will be able to count on marketing help from Microsoft. The new devices will be marketed as the “signature” Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
Windows Phone 8X and 8S
The HTC Windows Phone 8X includes a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88° wide angle front-facing camera, that also supports 1080p video capture. The 8X comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and the 8S has a 5 megapixel sensor.
The HTC 8X has a 4.3-inch HD-resolution super LCD 2 and the HTC 8S’ super LCD screen measures 4-inches. The 8X and 8S screens have Gorilla Glass protection.
Weighing 130 grams, the HTC 8X is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor. The phone has 1GB RAM and comes with 16GB of storage and an 1800 mAh battery. The comparatively lower priced and lighter at 113 grams, the HTC 8S is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Qualcomm processor. The 8S has 512 MB RAM and has 16GB of internal storage and a 1700 mAh battery.
The Windows Phone 8X will come in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow colour options. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray.