HTC 8S

Windows Phone 8S by HTC Hands-on

Windows Phone 8S by HTC Hands-on

It's easy to make a flagship phone: simply throw the works at your drawing board. Harder, though, is crafting a midrange phone on a relative budget, and that's where the Windows Phone 8S by HTC comes in. The second device in the company's new line-up, the Microsoft-powered 8S is the culmination of some tough decisions on HTC's part, around whether the target audience will appreciate Beats Audio or photography more. Read on for our first impressions.

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HTC reveals Windows Phone 8X and 8S smartphones

HTC reveals Windows Phone 8X and 8S smartphones

HTC has revealed its new Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Windows Phone 8S by HTC, with cumbersome names but appealing specifications. The HTC 8X (as it's likely to be known) has a 4.3-inch Super LCD II 720p display, 1.5GHz dualcore Snapdragon S4 chipset, 8-megapixel f2/0 BSI camera and twin amps for its Beats Audio, while the more affordable HTC 8S offers a 4-inch WVGA display, 1GHz dualcore S4 chipset, 5-megapixel f/2.8 camera, and a microSD slot. Both will be branded as Microsoft's "Signature Windows Phones."

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