The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTCby Anand Lal Shimpi on September 19, 2012 11:15 AM EST
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At an event today in NYC, HTC unveiled its first two Windows Phone 8 devices: the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC. Similar to Nokia's next-generation Lumia stack, HTC's Windows Phone 8 lineup includes a high-end flagship and a more affordable mainstream option.
The 8X is the new high-end device, while the 8S is its more affordable sibling. The 8X features Qualcomm's dual-core Krait Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960) running at 1.5GHz. The 8S on the other hand uses a lower clocked MSM8627 (1GHz) with a slower Adreno 305 GPU. The two phones differ in the amount of on-package DRAM (1GB for the 8X and 512MB for the 8S). Connectivity differs between the two, the 8X features LTE while the 8S is single carrier WCDMA.
Display is a big differentiator between the two devices. The 8X features a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, while the 8S uses a smaller 4-inch 800x480 display.
Storage is split between the two as well, with the 8X featuring 16GB of NAND on-board (no microSD card slot), and the 8S with only 4GB integrated and a microSD card slot for expansion.
HTC really ramped up its focus on the camera with the 8X. Aided by HTC's external imaging processor there's an 8MP f/2.0 rear facing camera with a 28mm lens. The front facing camera sounds pretty impressive at 2.1MP with a f/2.0 aperture and an 88-degree, ultra-wide-angle lens. The 8S features a 5MP f/2.8 camera by comparison.
Audio is also a priority for the 8X, which gets a 2.55V amplified headphone output for what promises to be a much better implementation of Beats. The 8X also features two microphones for noise cancelling duty.
The 8X features dual-band WiFi while the 8S continues its cost-reduced theme by only supporting 2.4GHz.
Colors are big in HTC's Windows Phone 8 line. The 8X is available in california blue, graphite black, flame red and limelight yellow. The 8S will come in domino, fiesta red, atlantic blue and high-rise gray. Both the Windows Phone 8X and 8S will be available starting in the beginning of November. HTC will be bringing the devices to over 150 carriers in 50+ countries. In the US we'll see these devices on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Customers in Europe will find the new HTC Windows Phone 8 lineup on Orange, O2 Telefonica, MTS, Three UK, T-Mobile and Vodafone. In Asia-Pacific markets you'll see the 8X/8S on Chunghwa Telecom, Optus, Singtel Group, Smartone, Telstra and Vodafone Australia.
The only pricing announced at this time is $199 for the Windows Phone 8X on AT&T and T-Mobile with a standard 2-year contract.
|Windows Phone 8 Devices - Physical Comparison|
|HTC Windows Phone 8X||HTC Windows Phone 8S||Nokia Lumia 920||Nokia Lumia 820|
|Height||132.35 mm||120.5mm||130.3 mm||123.8 mm|
|Width||66.2 mm||63 mm||70.8 mm||68.5 mm|
|Depth||10.12 mm||10.28 mm||10.7 mm||9.9 mm|
|Weight||130 g||113 g||185 g||160 g|
|CPU||Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz MSM8960||Snapdragon S4 1.0GHz MSM8627||Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz MSM8960||Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz MSM8960|
|GPU||Adreno 225||Adreno 305||Adreno 225||Adreno 225|
|NAND||16GB integrated||4GB + microSD slot||32GB integrated||8GB with up to 32GB via microSD slot|
|Camera||8MP f/2.0 + 2.1MP f/2.0 front facing camera||5MP f/2.8||8.7MP with OIS, f/2.0 + 1.2MP F/2.4 front facing camera||8MP f/2.2 + VGA front facing camera|
|Screen||4.3" 720p Super LCD 2||4" 800x480 Super LCD||4.5" 1280x768 IPS LCD||4.3" 800x480 AMOLED|
|Battery||Internal 6.66 Whr||Internal 6.29Wh||Internal 7.4 Whr||Internal 6.11 Whr|