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|
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haukionkannel - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkLumia allso seems to have better screens. But it allso depends on what these devices are going to cost!
Malih - Friday, September 21, 2012 - linkoh yes, I'd love a WP8 Lumia with California Blue color, especially looks good when combined with Black and matching Tiles color.
Amoro - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkAnyone else disappointed by the screen sizes? I mean the Titan was 4.7", I was hoping it would at least match the size...I wonder why they didn't make another large screen phone.
Amoro - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkforgot to mention the GPU as well...225 seems so last gen. Was it too much to ask for the 320?
I really wish this would have been the S4 Pro and not the plus. Or am I mistaken in that the Pro's are reserved for tablets?
karasaj - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkS4 Pro isn't really current gen... the only phone announced with it is that Optimus G or something, which is LG and iirc only in Korea right now. We might see it in USA/Europe later, but not yet. S4 1.5ghz dual core + Adreno 225 is standard right now.
I don't mind the screen size. It could be a bit bigger, but 4.3" isn't too bad.
Amoro - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkIt just makes me lean towards the Samsung ATIV S with it's 4.8" AMOLED screen. I don't know if the Samsung has anything else going for it besides the screen though.
Samsung ATIV S: biggest screen
HTC 8X: Beats Audio
Nokia: wireless charging and 2nd largest screen with higher resolution
I wonder if they have any plans for the Titan 3.....
MadMan007 - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkBeats audio is a branding, it doesn't really say anything about actual audio quality.
winterspan - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkHeres the deal:
The only S4 Pro out right now is the quad-core tablet version that doesn't have an LTE baseband. The Optimus G phone uses that chip and a separate LTE chip so the battery life is going to suck.
Soon the 8960T will be out (the T being really important here) which is just like the 8960 in this phone except the GPU is upgraded to 320 instead of 225.
Avalon - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkI'm actually very happy HTC is still launching 720p flagships at 4.3" sizes. I find that to be about as big as I'm willing to hold, and the ppi will be incredible on a screen that size.
CaedenV - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - linkI actually like the body style of that black and white 8S better than the 8X. In general the whole line kinda looks a bit cartooney for my taste, but I guess you can't go too far wrong with a black phone.
Again with no SD support for the big phone? Is it really that hard and take that much extra space?
Any word on NFC? service providers? Bluetooth revision?