On Wednesday, HTC Corp. revealed two smartphones that will run Windows Phone 8 software. The phones will be available in early November for a number of operators around the world, including Canada’s Bell and Rogers providers.
The phones are the Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S.
The Taiwanese smartphone maker presented the devices in New York and will be looking to capitalize on the holiday shopping season, selling the phones through more than 150 carriers in 50 countries. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed as of yet.
Perhaps the most notable thing about the new Windows phones from HTC is how colourful they are. The 8X will come in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, and Limelight Yellow. The 8S will come in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray. The colours are designed to be noticed and the models are predictably thin. Yes, I’m still talking about phones.
In terms of specifications, the breakdown starts with the 8X:
- Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 16GB storage and 1GB RAM
- 4.3-inch HD LCD 2 display with Gorilla Glass
- 8 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperature lens
- 2.1 megapixel, f/2.0 aperature front facing camera
- Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, NFC
- Beats Audio
Meanwhile, the HTC Windows Phone 8S features:
- Qualcomm S4 1 GHz processor
- 4GB storage and 512MB RAM
- 4-inch Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass
- microSD card expansion
- 1,700 mAh battery capacity
- Beats Audio
The 8S also has a rear-facing camera that should be similar in specifications to the one offered on the 8X, but there’s no front-facing camera on it. As one can see from the specifications list, the 8S has a relatively small amount of storage capacity. The removable card should accommodate for that somewhat, but it seems the more robust model is the 8X. This will probably be reflected in the pricing.
HTC has a lot riding on these phones. They’ve lost considerable ground to Apple and Samsung over the last while despite once competing strongly with the former. Samsung overtook HTC in the American market in 2011 thanks in large part to the popular Galaxy S III, however, and the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to recover. The hope is that the Windows Phone 8 products will do the trick. HTC plans to release fewer phones this year, moving away from the strategy that saw them release dozens of products in 2011.