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September 20, 2012

HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phone 8 becomes official

Last week we were expecting a triumvirate of Windows Phone 8 from HTC, but apparently it’s just a tandem as the company formally unveils the HTC 8X and the HTC 8S.

So it seems that the rumors didn’t quite get their arms around their information because besides the lack of an alleged entry level WP8 device in the form of 8V, they also got some of the specs of both the 8X and 8S wrong. So why don’t we take a step back and see the official specs of both the HTC 8X and 8S.

Judging from the specs alone, we can safely say that the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 has the upper hand against these two HTC WP8 smartphones. Of course, price will also play a big factor in the marketability of these phones, but we’d have to wait for the official launch for us to know to that.

The new Lumias and HTC 8 series handsets shares something in common, they’re all vibrantly colored. As far as we know the HTC 8X and 8S will be available in 4 color variants, but there’s a chance that there could be more. It’s Limelight Yellow, Flame Red, California Blue and Graphite Black for the 8X while Atlantic Blue, Fiesta Red, High-Rise Grey-Yellow and Domino Black-White for the 8S.

All is not lost for the HTC 8V, if ever there is one, because HTC may still consider making a WP8 for the budget conscious market just like what Nokia did with the Lumia 610. But that’s the least of HTC’s worries for now as they’ll have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to make the 8X and 8S standout against the better equipped Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

HTC launches 8X, 8S, One X+ and One SV
HTC 8X in the flesh, first impressions
HTC Windows Phone 8X first impressions

18 Responses to “HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phone 8 becomes official”

  1. Mark says:

    andreno 305 LOL

  2. Nicco says:

    Looks like a lumia..

  3. BON
    Twitter: taragismm
    says:

    uhh-ohh, looks like lumia clones!?

  4. ceegii63
    Twitter: ceegii63
    says:

    305??? the lower speced 8S has abetter GPU?

  5. Law says:

    disappointing battery…

  6. ceegii63
    Twitter: ceegii63
    says:

    oh Sweet 16 huh? even Lumia has 32

  7. fyi says:

    8x has expandable storage via microsd fyi.

  8. fyi says:

    it’s also a 2.1mp ff cam not 1.2mp.

    • FYI 2 says:

      Hi Ronnie. For the HTC 8X, it has a 2.1 megapixel front camera. :)

    • Ronnie Bulaong
      Twitter: TuronBulaong
      says:

      Thanks for this (ff camera). We’ll update the post accordingly.

      Regarding the expandable storage, other sites are claiming that it doesn’t while others do. For now we’ll stick with our statement unless proven otherwise.

  9. HTC says:

    Di ko maintindihan ang Nokia at HTC, kung bakit pinagkakaitan nila ng expandable memory ang mga highend phones nila.

  10. Les says:

    why would anyone buy this? no pureview technology

    lalamunin lang ‘to ng Nokia

  11. John says:

    Rofl. Nokia is the Windows Phone authority. Who would buy these ?

  12. F_CHN says:

    BOYCOTT CHINESE PRODUCTS!

  13. NEC Display says:

    Yes, It look like Nokia Lumia.. 8S is good compare to 8X

  14. guys, it would really look like Nokia Lumia because its also a Windows Phone using Windows Mobile OS. We here in Microsoft are the one giving out instructions to manufacturers on what design to use to get a uniform look with all version through different makers.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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