HTC and Microsoft have teamed up with this new Windows Phone release to actually brand the new phones as “Windows Phone” itself. HTC introduced the Windows Phone 8x and 8s yesterday and have committed to making Windows Phones different from the rest of their lineup.
Microsoft also expressed support and considered the renewed partnership a “big milestone” for both companies, even going far as to call it the hero phone for Windows Phone 8 and putting the 8x and 8s first on marketing and endorsement campaigns.
Let’s look at the specs of these colorful phones and see if Nokia Lumia should be worried. By the way, the intro video above just looks awesome.
Windows Phone 8X
This phone reminds me of the Nokia Lumia 920. I think it does for everybody. The difference is that the corners are curved and the color options are more vibrant. Plus it also comes with Beats Audio technology which is like the Monster Cable of audio.
- Display: 4.3” Super LCD (1280 x 720) Gorilla Glass 2 (341 ppi)
- Processor: 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
- GPU: Adreno 225
- RAM: 1GB
- Camera: Rear: 8MP f/2.0, Front: 2.1MP Ultra-wide angle. HTC ImageChip
- Storage: 16GB (no SD card support)
- Colors: California Blue, Flame Red, Graphite Black, Limelight Yellow
- Others: NFC, Beats Audio, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
Windows Phone 8S
This is one best looking Windows Phones to date. It even looks better than the hero product 8X. The
- Display: 4” Super LCD (1280 x 720) Gorilla Glass 2 (341 ppi)
- Processor: 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
- RAM: 512MB
- Camera: Rear: 5MP f/2.0, no front facing camera.
- Storage: 16GB with SD card support
- Colors: Blue, Black, Silver, Red
- Others: NFC, Beats Audio, G-Sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
My favorite is this 8S with the black color and white base. Very nice. I’m not really fond of bright colors specially those that can be easily spotted (by snatchers) =)
I think the Nokia Lumia line just got one-upped by HTC but Lumia 920 will hold on its own because of its own PureView technology which is honestly more useful than Beat Audio (unless you’re an audiophile)
Excited to see lot of phones being introduced for Windows Phone 8. Microsoft hasn’t really been open yet on what to expect or even formally launched the new Windows Phone OS. The hardware partners have created, it’s time for Microsoft to push their WP8 to the limits. Hope they don’t waste this chance to make 2012 THE year of Windows Phones.