HTC announces the 8X and 8S: More Windows Phone Goodness

Earlier this month at IFA in Berlin, Samsung showed off the first Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV S, which basically seems to be a Galaxy SIII with Windows Phone 8 on it. Nokia later announced the Lumia 920 and 820, and they look to be pretty awesome devices (you can read more about them here). They didn’t mention the launch dates or pricing details though. And now it’s the turn of the other big Windows Phone manufacturer, HTC, to show something off. HTC usually has brilliant designs and build quality; almost as good as Nokia, and this time, it looks like they delivered.

So what did they announce?


The 8X is their flagship device. Unlike the Lumia 920, it packs a 720p screen into a 4.3″ screen, which should make a lot of people (the one’s who want a premium device with a smaller, more manageable screen) happy.

First up, the Specs:

  • Display: 4.3″ 720p SLCD2
  • Processor: 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Memory: 16GB Internal, 1GB RAM
  • Battery: 1800 mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, NFC, Bluetooth 2.1 (no bluetooth 4!), GPS and GLONASS, WiFi b/g/n
  • OS: Windows Phone 8
  • Imaging: 8MP BSI F2.0 Rear Camera with LED Flash (28mm lens), 1080p video recording, 2.1 MP F2.0 Front Facing Camera
  • Oh, and Beats Audio (for what it’s worth)
A few things that are missing though, might just be the ones that a lot of people are looking for. There’s no expandable storage (No Micro-SD slot). There’s no Bluetooth 4.0, so you won’t be able to use a lot of the accessories that use it. It does have HTC’s dedicated ImageChip for image processing, which should be a plus. How it stacks up to the Lumia 920 though, we won’t know until they’re both available. HTC did say that it would be out by late October, so that’s definitely a plus. No word on pricing as of yet. It does look really nice though.


The 8S is their lower end device (with decent mid range specs), and should go head-to-head with the Lumia 820. It’s got a smaller, lower res screen, but is missing a few features that the Lumia 820 has.

Here’re the Specs:

  • Display: 4″ WVGA (800×480) SLCD
  • Processor: 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Memory: 16GB Internal, expandable via Micro SD, 512MB RAM
  • Battery: 1700 mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and GLONASS, WiFi b/g/n
  • OS: Windows Phone 8
  • Imaging: 5MP  F2.8 Rear Camera with LED Flash (35mm lens), 720p video recording
  • Yup, this one has Beats audio too.

First up, there’s no Front Facing Camera on this one (so no Skype Video calls), but it does have a Micro SD card slot (which the 8X doesn’t!). It has a WVGA screen like the Lumia 820, but it’s a 4″ screen as opposed to a 4.3″ one on the Lumia. Again, it should be available by early November, and no word on pricing yet.

Here’s a video courtesy of HTC that talks about the design of these two devices.

So, what would you guys pick? The Lumias? Or the HTCs? Let us know in the comments, or catch us on twitter.

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Raghu Kannan

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