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    Announcing HTCs new Windows Phone 8 lineup HTC 8X and 8S

    This morning in New York City our partners at HTC took the wraps off two stunning new additions to the growing Windows Phone 8 familythe Windows Phone 8X and 8S.
    As you might have noticed, these are the first devices with Windows Phone right in the name. HTC CEO Peter Chou said on stage this morning that after seeing our plans for Windows Phone 8, he asked his designers to go big and create phones to match our softwares design and personality. I think they achieved that and more. These phones have eye-catching designs, Beats Audio technology for studio-quality sound, and an impressive set of front and back cameras.

    HTC announced that the 8X and 8S will be available on 150-plus carriers in more than 50 countries beginning in November.





    The Windows Phone 8X (above) sports a a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection and 720p resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 16 GB of storage, and two amazing cameras: The 8MP rear camera shoots full 1080p video, while the front has a 2.1MP, 1080p-capable camera with an 88 degree viewing angle. The 8X comes in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, and Limelight Yellow.






    The Windows Phone 8S has a 4-inch Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, and 4GB of internal storage. Its two-tone polycarbonate body comes in four color combinations.

    UPDATE!!!>...................

    First Samsung unveiled the ATIV S. Then Nokia lifted the curtain on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Today, HTC is introducing their flagship Windows Phone, the 4.3-inch, brightly colored unibody Windows Phone 8X and the 4-inch, uniquely two-toned Windows Phone 8S, both of which come with Beats Audio. Ive been working with these devices since the early prototype days and theyre flat-out awesome. HTC did an incredible job of building devices that are beautiful, packed with killer specs, and feel great to use.



    From the second you lay eyes on the 8X and 8S you know that these are no ordinary smartphones. Both phones are really, really thin (around 10mm), and look and feel even thinner due to the sweeping curve of the edge and caseback. That curve isnt just cosmetic, though; its also a key reason both the 8S and 8X feel so good in your hand. Pick one up and it perfectly conforms to your hand. Ive found this to be true not just for me (Im about 61 and have pretty big hands), but also for people of all shapes and sizes on our team. Ask any industrial designer and theyll tell you that its a pretty rare feat to make something that feels tailor-made for a wide range of people. Big props to HTC for pulling it off on both models.



    Both phones go big on color, albeit in different ways. Every Windows Phone 8S is two-tone polycarbonate. The one I tested was called Fiesta Red, and you can also get it in Atlantic Blue, a really slick Domino Black and white color combo, and something HTC is calling High-Rise Gray & Yellow, which has a pavement-gray body and a bright tennis ball-colored chin. Its totally different from anything else youll find on the market today.



    All Windows Phone 8Xs are monochrome, unibody polycarbonate. Theyre coming in California Blue, and Flame Red, a super-deep Graphite Black, and Limelight Yellow, which is the same color as the chin on the Highline Gray 8S. These colors are bright, bold, totally unique. Im a lifelong tennis player, and the Limelight Yellow version looks like the color of a brand-new tennis ball. Thats the one that's going to be in my pocket!



    The display on the 8S is a 4-inch SuperLCD Gorilla Glass display, which means its easy to read in almost every lighting condition and resistant to scratches and drops. The 8X goes even further with a SuperLCD 2 720p 4.3-inch display thats readable everywhere, even in direct bright sunlight. Its made from Gorilla Glass 2, which makes it even stronger and lighter than the almost-bulletproof 8S display. Both displays are laminated to reduce glare.

    Specs & Performance
    We all know that specs are important but theyre certainly not everything, so lets get them out of the way first. The Windows Phone 8S sports a dual-core 1 GHz processor plenty fast for all but the most intense of power users a 5MP rear camera, and 4GB of internal storage. Theres also a microSD slot so you can add as much storage space as you need.



    The Windows Phone 8X bumps the processor up to dual core 1.5 GHz, 16GB of storage, and two amazing cameras. On the back, you get a backside-illuminated 8MP camera that shoots full 1080p video, and on the front you get a 2.1MP, 1080p capable camera that has an 88 degree viewing angle. Why is that important? Because its tremendously wide compared to the competition. You can comfortably fit about 4 people into the shot on one Skype call, which is a huge improvement over most other front-facing cameras. Check out the difference in viewing angle between my HTC Titan II (top photo) and the new Windows Phone 8X (bottom photo):




    Both cameras have an F2.0 aperture, which translated into English means you get clean, noise-free images in low-light situations like dimly lit restaurants. No more orangey/streaky/Im-not-sure-what-the-heck-Im-looking-at photos! Last, but not least, the Windows Phone 8X has a dedicated image chip, which means you can fire up the camera almost instantly and take back-to-back pictures in rapid succession with basically zero lag. Check out the video of the phones and the camera in action:



    First hands-on with the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC





    Both the Windows Phone 8X and 8S have Beats Audio, too, so your music is clear and crisp, with high trebles, clear vocals, and deep bass. The 8X also has two dedicated amplifiers (one for the headphone jack and one for the speaker) to make playback even more awesome. Audio is kind of hard to explain in words, so heres what Id recommend--when the Windows Phone 8X hits the shelves, try listening to the same track on your current phone and headphones, then listen to the same track on the 8X with Beats headphones. The difference is staggering.
    Final Thoughts
    The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are the result of months of collaboration between Microsoft and HTC, and the result is really impressive. The design of these phones instantly stands out from the glass-and-aluminum crowd and the ergonomics are unparalleled. All in all, seriously good stuff thats going to rock with Windows Phone 8.


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    UPDATE!!!>...................

    First Samsung unveiled the ATIV S. Then Nokia lifted the curtain on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Today, HTC is introducing their flagship Windows Phone, the 4.3-inch, brightly colored unibody Windows Phone 8X and the 4-inch, uniquely two-toned Windows Phone 8S, both of which come with Beats Audio. Ive been working with these devices since the early prototype days and theyre flat-out awesome. HTC did an incredible job of building devices that are beautiful, packed with killer specs, and feel great to use.



    From the second you lay eyes on the 8X and 8S you know that these are no ordinary smartphones. Both phones are really, really thin (around 10mm), and look and feel even thinner due to the sweeping curve of the edge and caseback. That curve isnt just cosmetic, though; its also a key reason both the 8S and 8X feel so good in your hand. Pick one up and it perfectly conforms to your hand. Ive found this to be true not just for me (Im about 61 and have pretty big hands), but also for people of all shapes and sizes on our team. Ask any industrial designer and theyll tell you that its a pretty rare feat to make something that feels tailor-made for a wide range of people. Big props to HTC for pulling it off on both models.



    Both phones go big on color, albeit in different ways. Every Windows Phone 8S is two-tone polycarbonate. The one I tested was called Fiesta Red, and you can also get it in Atlantic Blue, a really slick Domino Black and white color combo, and something HTC is calling High-Rise Gray & Yellow, which has a pavement-gray body and a bright tennis ball-colored chin. Its totally different from anything else youll find on the market today.



    All Windows Phone 8Xs are monochrome, unibody polycarbonate. Theyre coming in California Blue, and Flame Red, a super-deep Graphite Black, and Limelight Yellow, which is the same color as the chin on the Highline Gray 8S. These colors are bright, bold, totally unique. Im a lifelong tennis player, and the Limelight Yellow version looks like the color of a brand-new tennis ball. Thats the one that's going to be in my pocket!



    The display on the 8S is a 4-inch SuperLCD Gorilla Glass display, which means its easy to read in almost every lighting condition and resistant to scratches and drops. The 8X goes even further with a SuperLCD 2 720p 4.3-inch display thats readable everywhere, even in direct bright sunlight. Its made from Gorilla Glass 2, which makes it even stronger and lighter than the almost-bulletproof 8S display. Both displays are laminated to reduce glare.

    Specs & Performance
    We all know that specs are important but theyre certainly not everything, so lets get them out of the way first. The Windows Phone 8S sports a dual-core 1 GHz processor plenty fast for all but the most intense of power users a 5MP rear camera, and 4GB of internal storage. Theres also a microSD slot so you can add as much storage space as you need.



    The Windows Phone 8X bumps the processor up to dual core 1.5 GHz, 16GB of storage, and two amazing cameras. On the back, you get a backside-illuminated 8MP camera that shoots full 1080p video, and on the front you get a 2.1MP, 1080p capable camera that has an 88 degree viewing angle. Why is that important? Because its tremendously wide compared to the competition. You can comfortably fit about 4 people into the shot on one Skype call, which is a huge improvement over most other front-facing cameras. Check out the difference in viewing angle between my HTC Titan II (top photo) and the new Windows Phone 8X (bottom photo):




    Both cameras have an F2.0 aperture, which translated into English means you get clean, noise-free images in low-light situations like dimly lit restaurants. No more orangey/streaky/Im-not-sure-what-the-heck-Im-looking-at photos! Last, but not least, the Windows Phone 8X has a dedicated image chip, which means you can fire up the camera almost instantly and take back-to-back pictures in rapid succession with basically zero lag. Check out the video of the phones and the camera in action:



    First hands-on with the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC




    Both the Windows Phone 8X and 8S have Beats Audio, too, so your music is clear and crisp, with high trebles, clear vocals, and deep bass. The 8X also has two dedicated amplifiers (one for the headphone jack and one for the speaker) to make playback even more awesome. Audio is kind of hard to explain in words, so heres what Id recommend--when the Windows Phone 8X hits the shelves, try listening to the same track on your current phone and headphones, then listen to the same track on the 8X with Beats headphones. The difference is staggering.
    Final Thoughts
    The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are the result of months of collaboration between Microsoft and HTC, and the result is really impressive. The design of these phones instantly stands out from the glass-and-aluminum crowd and the ergonomics are unparalleled. All in all, seriously good stuff thats going to rock with Windows Phone 8.

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