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Topic # 109455 20-Sep-2012 08:14 Send private message

Just received the press announcement:


HTC AND MICROSOFT UNVEIL FIRST SIGNATURE WINDOWS PHONES

New Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC to be available through more than 150 mobile operators globally

NEW YORK, 19th September, 2012 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Microsoft today unveiled the first signature Windows Phones, the stunning Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast iconic design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio and incredible camera capabilities.

“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.”

“We’ve 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 of HTC Corporation. “Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”

Iconic Design
The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone has a clear, differentiated vision and the consumer experience has been widely recognized as being groundbreaking, innovative and fresh. HTC created the Windows Phone 8X and 8S to blend the virtual and the physical utilizing a three dimensional, pure uni-body design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles. The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are perfectly sculpted with a dramatic taper making them feel magically thin in your hand.

Because color is such an integral part of the Windows Phone experience, HTC is bringing bold, sophisticated and adventurous colors in a premium matte finish to these devices. The Windows Phone 8X will come in a variety of colors including California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray.

Capture and share your world
For the first time, HTC is introducing a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88° ultra-wide angle front-facing camera that allows up to four people and more to be captured at once. It also supports 1080p video capture. The rear camera sports an 8mp CMOS sensor with backside-illumination (BSI) for improved low-light performance, along with an f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and a dedicated imaging chip. A physical shutter button makes it quick and easy to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.

Spectacular Sound with Beats Audio
Exclusively available on HTC smartphones, Beats Audio provides authentic, studio-quality sound that delivers the spirit of the original recording. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC featuring Beats Audio also offers a unique audio amplifier powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker, boosting the audio signal for even better sound no matter if you’re listening to music, playing a game or watching a video.

Brilliant Display
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC features a beautiful, 4.3” HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen protected from everyday bumps and scrapes by lightweight Gorilla Glass 2, while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare, ensuring you see every detail. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts a bright super LCD 4” screen with Gorilla Glass, allowing users to see the Windows Phone Live Tiles, and every message and photo, with crystal clarity and sparkling color.

Entertainment
With the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC people can carry their favorite music, movies and photos with them wherever they go. With the Windows Phone Store and Xbox Live, it is easier than ever to enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.

Availability
The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC will be available beginning in November. Available through more than 150 carriers in 50+ countries, the Windows Phone 8X or 8S by HTC will be available from the world’s top carriers including: United States: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Europe: Orange, O2 Telefonica, MTS, Three UK, T-Mobile, and Vodafone Asia-Pacific: Chunghwa Telecom, Optus, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Smartone, Telstra and Vodafone Australia.

In the US, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 at AT&T and T-Mobile.

Product Specification

Windows Phone 8S by HTC specification
  • SIZE: 120.5 x 63 x 10.28mm
  • WEIGHT: 113 grams with battery
  • DISPLAY: super LCD display, with Gorilla Glass for greater durability
  • SCREEN: 4-inch touch screen with WVGA (800x 480) resolution
  • CPU SPEED Qualcomm S4 1 GHz dual-core
  • MEMORY Total storage: 4 GB
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • EXPANSION SLOT: MicroSD card
  • CAMERA: 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, f/2.8 aperture and 35mm lens, 720p HD video recording with stereo sound, dedicated camera button

Windows Phone 8X by HTC specification
  • SIZE: 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12mm
  • WEIGHT: 130 grams with battery
  • DISPLAY: 341ppi super LCD 2 display, with Gorilla Glass for greater durability. Optical lamination for superior sharpness & clarity plus reduced light reflection
  • SCREEN: 4.3-inch touch screen with HD 720p (1280x720) resolution
  • CPU SPEED Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • MEMORY Total storage: 16 GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • MAIN CAMERA: 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound, Dedicated HTC ImageChip for fast focus speed and clearer, sharper shots, dedicated camera button
  • FRONT CAMERA: 2.1 megapixel camera, f/2.0 aperture and ultra-wide-angle lens, 1080p HD video recording, dedicated HTC ImageChip for fast focus speed and clearer, sharper shots









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  Reply # 688540 20-Sep-2012 08:26 Send private message

Talk about "entry level". 4GB storage on Windows Phone 8S. At least they support microSD on that one.






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  Reply # 688543 20-Sep-2012 08:30 Send private message

Nice, that should get here in just the right time-frame to update my Trophy...
Wonder if VFNZ will have it on launch, or sometime later.



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  Reply # 688544 20-Sep-2012 08:31 Send private message

I have contacted HTC AU/NZ to find out more about it, and the marketing person seems to no longer work there. Now trying to find out from HTC Taiwan...






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  Reply # 688545 20-Sep-2012 08:32 Send private message



No! She says "Metro tiles"...






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  Reply # 688549 20-Sep-2012 08:43 Send private message

What will be the max card capacity for the expansion slot?

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  Reply # 688551 20-Sep-2012 08:46 Send private message

freitasm: Talk about "entry level". 4GB storage on Windows Phone 8S. At least they support microSD on that one.



Sure, but shoving in a 32GB microSD is waaayyyyy cheaper than the equivalent price difference if it was built in (c.f. iPhone). Unless they have some kind of limit on the size of card it will take...



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  Reply # 688564 20-Sep-2012 08:58 Send private message

I'd guess it's SDHC so anything up to 64GB?





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  Reply # 688570 20-Sep-2012 09:18 Send private message

The SD card may not need a limit, the on-board RAM may be the limiting factor.


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  Reply # 688608 20-Sep-2012 10:12 Send private message

Have to be honest and now it's between Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X now for me.




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  Reply # 688613 20-Sep-2012 10:22 Send private message

billgates: Have to be honest and now it's between Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X now for me.


How about the Samsung?

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  Reply # 688628 20-Sep-2012 10:33 Send private message

nathan: 

How about the Samsung?


too big (4.8"), too thin and plasticky for my liking. I realize polycarbonate is a type of plastic but it's the best plastic in terms of durability and strength. 

hTC NZ is advertising the 8X on their website so should be available with on of the carriers here. 

Will have a play with both the 8X and the Lumia 920 before buying one.




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  Reply # 688633 20-Sep-2012 10:39 Send private message

So, polycarbonate unibody = non-replaceable battery?
I don't think I like that design trend.

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  Reply # 688643 20-Sep-2012 10:47 Send private message

BlueShift: So, polycarbonate unibody = non-replaceable battery?
I don't think I like that design trend.


I used to think that, now I just don't care

I change my phone more often than the lifetime of the battery

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  Reply # 688659 20-Sep-2012 10:59 Send private message

I had the HTC Titan (WP7) which was a nice handset.

This time they have colours ZOMG!

California Blue or Graphite Black ... decisions, decisions ...

... maybe just go for the one colour Samsung instead ...




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  Reply # 689130 20-Sep-2012 22:02 Send private message

I like the 920 way better than this effort, which seems to be riding on the coat tails of Nokia's colouful range they introduced... 920 all the way!!

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