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PHONES / SMARTPHONES & PDAS

Android Darling HTC Crank Out Win 8 Phones

By Oonagh Reidy | Thursday | 20/09/2012

HTC places bet on Windows Phone 8, unveiling two new smarties overnight, the 8X and 8S


The brightly coloured smartphones run Windows Phone 8 OS which uses a live tile interface, have inbuilt Beats Audio and decent cameras.

HTC who made a big name for itself by releasing an army of Google Android phones is now betting on the popularity of the soon to be released Microsoft Windows 8 platform which will be compatible with W8 tablets or PCs.

The 4G ready HTC 8X is a 4.3" HD-resolution super LCD screen (1280 x 720) backed by lightweight Gorilla Glass 2, has 1.5GHz dual core processor and built in Beats Audio amplifier for cool sounds.


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HTC 8X
And like other devices jostling in the packed phone market, the 8X is a skinny minny at 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm.

The display on the 8X also has an optical lamination that reduces reflections and glare, handy for the Aussie sun.

The HTC 8S has a slightly smaller 4" LCD screen with Gorilla Glass and a dual core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor.

Similar to Apple's iPhone 5 launch last week, HTC is also pushing the 8X's new 8MP camera credentials which supports Full HD 1080p video.

Out front is a 2.1 MP cam thathas a 88°wide angle which will capture four people or more. 

In comparison, the 8S has a 5MP rear cam capable of 720p recording and a front cam for video conferencing. 

"Pairing HTC's beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies," said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.

"Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I'm thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level."


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HTC says it has been "inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves," said Peter Chou, CEO.

"Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world."

The Windows Phone 8X will come in a variety of colours including California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow.

8S will be available in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Grey.


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The Windows Phone 8X and 8S will be available  from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, but no word on pricing or relase dates but HTC are rolling out Windows beginning in November.

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