HTC doubles down on Windows Phone 8 with flagship 8X and mid-range 8S

HTC doubles down on Windows Phone 8 with flagship 8X and mid-range 8SHTC has officially shown its Windows Phone 8 hand with the announcement of the HTC 8X and HTC 8S at a media event in New York today.

And the UK market is clearly a high priority for the Taiwanese firm, as both new handsets will go on sale locally in early November, just days after Microsoft lets its next-gen mobile OS loose on the world.

We've known about HTC's event for a while now, but with all the other new phones that have been announced recently, we'd half forgotten about it – or we had until the rumour mill went into overdrive in the past few days.

The higher-end 8X (or the Accord, as we got to known it on Rumour Boulevard) is pretty much exactly as we were expecting: a 4.3in Super LCD 2 display with 720p resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

The 8S, meanwhile, is limited to a 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 4in WVGA screen, 512MB of RAM and just 4GB of storage. Both, obviously, will come with Windows Phone 8 pre-loaded, and predictably both have a slice of Beats Audio sound tech too.

HTC has clearly gone for the “funky” look with some bright colours and rounded design language, which will see plenty of comparison between them and Nokia's Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. For my money Nokia's are the better looking, and based on the companies' respective reputations when it comes to build quality, they'll more than likely be more sturdily put together too.

For now, though, comparisons will have to be on a spec-by-spec basis, as we won't be seeing either manufacturer's range of Windows Phone 8 handsets until Microsoft actually rolls out its new OS at the end of the month.

And when it does, HTC will have plenty of stiff competition on its hands from the wide array of new devices that will have launched by then to capture the Christmas spending buck. Let's just say pricing is going to be key here.

The event saw no mention of the third HTC Windows Phone 8 handset we've been hearing about lately, the 4.7in Zenith. Given that the Accord has launched with the flagship “X” naming designation, however, we have to assume the Zenith has been scrapped altogether.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 18:29

Wrong picture. That is the Lumia 920. I think by, ahem, Nokia? :p

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 18:30

JCB should sue... they owned the yellow phone biz!

SpeedyG  Sep. 19, 2012 at 18:35

No word on micro sd on either....

barrybarryk  Sep. 19, 2012 at 19:12

I'm not sure if the 8X has a Micro SD slot but the 8S does have one

Edit: Nope no Micro SD on the 8X
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/review/2205809/htc-windows-phone-8x-handson-review

SpeedyG  Sep. 19, 2012 at 19:53

Seems they only want micro-sd options on mid to lower ranged WP8 phones with 8gb or less memory.

Disappointing.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 20:01

And MS give how much on skydrive? 7.5(!)GB like Nokia?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 20:02

until Microsoft actually rolls out its new OS at the end of the month.

That is "...NEXT month..."

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 20:41

Martin doing well with time today.
We did the skydrive question before and I can't recall now, will check. Just 7gb although maybe they'll up that again, nabbed 25gb when it was going a while back.

Baffling that the better phones get less potential storage, have to wonder what MS is thinking. Surprised that HTC went for half the capacity that Nokia did on each unless they had to..
They should have been more honest and called them the 8S and the 8V too...

And that is a most alarming yellow, hoping you aren't keen on this one too Jan. The blue is better than Nokia's cyan though.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 20:49

I ordered a phone today. I'm willing to bet nobody will guess the model correctly, by, um, Christmas. I will perform as Santa otherwise :D No "signature phones" for me this year. No yellow-mellow. I shall pass.

***hint: the paragraph above doesn't contain all the letters necessary to spell the phones 'name'/model & make

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 20:54

that zeer thing you mentioned yesterday

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:01

that zeer thing you mentioned yesterday
wrong :p

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:06

Will the phone have arrived by chrimbo

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:08

As an on topic(ish) aside (sorry) the ATIV was said to be 16or32 with micro sdxc support so for storage if that's true they are winning
http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/ativ_s.html#features

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:09

that zeer thing you mentioned yesterday
wrong :p


Of course it was actually a veer thing, oops

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:18

Will the phone have arrived by chrimbo
Friday, I hope.... and No to Veer.
And 'ay' to the Ativ (to pretend we're on-topic)

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:22

Getting the names right in future has to improve my chances though :)

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:25

Presume Jolla haven't finished making a phone yet?

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:27

Vertu signature diamond :D

Wave 3

Nokia x7, t7, n900
Samsung Vivaz pro

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:28

Diverting further from topic as I stumbled across the word and it reminded me I'd intended to ask if you'd tried miui on android?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:53

what's miui? wait, I check....
http://miuiandroid.com/community/ <= nope, haven't. Dare I say: this is the first time I hear about it LOL "most popular"...hm.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:54

...and: No to all those phones (I hope you're keeping a list :p )

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:55

Just wondered as it radically changes android

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 21:59

J, K, Q, V, X, Z

Pondlife  Sep. 19, 2012 at 22:03

...and: No to all those phones (I hope you're keeping a list :p )

Hope you at least smiled at the vertu

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 19, 2012 at 22:11

...and: No to all those phones (I hope you're keeping a list :p )

Hope you at least smiled at the vertu
I kinda did ;)

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