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HTC and Microsoft: Give You 2 Reasons to Save Your Upgrade This Week


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

With all the anticipation of announcements, updated OS’s, lawsuits and pre order mayhem some HTC fans may have been considering the grass could maybe be greener? Fear not HTC has not forsaken you.

Press Release

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.

I think these units will definitely be worth my changing my personal carrier and passing on the purchase I was set to make this Friday. HTC differentiating themselves from the rest by choosing the Windows Platform, nothing short of Genius!

TJ Jordanhttp://www.about.me/tejor
Apple product enthusiast, dance mom, Spoonie, lover of all things Marvel ;). If there's a gadget that's chic and geek, TJ is all about it!

4 COMMENTS

    • Lumia 920 to me looks like the last several Lumia’s that came out. I don’t know of too may people that have had great luck with Lumia and I hear of these models bricking. I’ve personally not tested a Lumia so all my knowledge of it is hearsay. In the looks department – I like the versatility of the HTC design – even if to some its basically using 2 colors instead of one.

      I would love to review both units simultaneously to do a true comparison though. You do bring up a good point though.

  1. Actually looks like they stole a page from the Samsung design, no one remembers the Samsung Omnia huh? lol. (Original not the 2nd one). I have not been a windows fan on a phone ever since windows mobile. I know these are more full desktop versions compared to the old mobile versions, but with my baccground in Linux, I more pro a Android or iOS phone then a windows phone any day. I love the colors and the bacc shape curve of the phone it looks like a sexier Evo.

    • Honestly, I don’t know too many phone styles nowadays that are “original”. I remember the Omnia – I don’t remember wanting it lol. It’s been my personal experience thus far that HTC simply makes better handsets. Too be fair I personally have a Samsung now but thats only because I can only continue to purchase so many Evo’s. Prior to Android I had several Windows based phones and loved them until they stopped being supported by the carriers, software makers etc. I would look into one of these HTC models … if it comes to Sprint lol

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