HTC 8X

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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Windows Phone 8X by HTC Hands-on

Windows Phone 8X by HTC Hands-on

Cumbersome name; classy hardware. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC owes its awkward nomenclature to a deal that might prove HTC's salvation and Nokia's frustration: the company has inked an agreement with Microsoft to make the 8X the "signature handset" of Windows Phone 8, after apparently convincing the software firm that the new flagship suitably "embodied" the OS' spirit. We caught up with HTC to spend some time with the 8X and to see if we'd end up similarly charmed.

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