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HTC unveils Windows Phone 8x and 8S smartphones

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As expected HTC presented their Windows Phone 8 devices yesterday. Windows Phone 8X and 8S will both be branded as Microsoft Signature Windows Phones. The 8X model will feature a 4.3-inch Super LCD II display with 720p resolution, a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. As with most smartphones these days the 8x will have an 8 Mpix rear camera with BSI sensor and LED flash, while the front will be 2.1 Mpix with the ability to record 1080p HD video. A nice thing to know is that unlike Nokia's new phones the 8X can record video with stereo sound. The 8x will also have Gorilla Glass and optical lamination touchscreen. Storage capacity is 16GB which cannot be expanded with microSD cards. NFC, WiFi a/b/g/n and LTE (NA only) or HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (EMEA) are also supported. To take care of sound they brought in Beats Audio that gives the phone decent multimedia boost.

The 8S model will be more of a budget model, with smaller 4 inch display, 1GHz dual core Snapdragon, and only 512 MB of RAM. The display has a resolution of 800x480 and is protected with Gorilla Glass just like the 8X. It will only have a 5 Mpix rear camera with autofocus and LED flash; also it will be able to record 720p video with stereo sound. It features Beats Audio the same as the 8X as well as some previous HTC devices. The 8S will have 4GB of internal storage but will have a microSD slot. As far as wireless communication is concerned things are pretty much the same as with 8X, NA gets LTE, while EMEA get HSPA+/DC-HSDPA.

Both devices go on sale in November, the HTC 8X will be available via 126 operators in 50 countries, while the 8S will be on 146 operators in 52 countries. In the UK you can find both devices at Three, Orange, T-mobile, Vodafone, O2 and Virgin Media, also an unlocked version will be available at retail stores. The rest of Europe will get the devices at Vodafore, Orange and T-mobile, depending on the countries they in which they are providers. In the US it will be available at AT&T, T-mobile and Verizon. Precise prices will be determined soon, but you can expect to see more of these two on Windows Phone 8’s launch day as they are Microsoft signature phones for the new platform.
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