Sep 19 AT 11:06 AM Taylor Wimberly 33 Comments

HTC reveals Windows Phone 8X and 8S


HTC held a press event today in New York and we were hoping to see some Android devices, but Windows Phone 8 was the start of the show. CEO Peter Chou introduced two new devices including the Windows Phone 8X and 8S, which feature HTC’s iconic design mixed with Microsoft’s bright colors.

Both devices will be available beginning in November through more than 150 carriers in 50+ countries including AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA.¬†Android fans shouldn’t be too jealous because these devices are basically the Windows versions of the One X and One S. Hardware specs are pretty much the same across the board, but HTC did include an exclusive built in amplifier for Beats Audio.

Check out the videos below and let us know what you think of the design. Would you like to see HTC produce some Android devices with these bright colors?

Source: HTC

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  • jaxidian

    I really want one of these! I wish there was an Android version of this exact phone. I never had an option of the HTC One X w/ T-Mobile while keeping good data speeds.

    I very well may get one of these if I get into Windows 8 development. Don’t worry, not leaving Android for WP8… :-P

    • Raptor

      “Beauty” of this site is that the larger score dumber poster. Specwise these are two crapphones a la OneS and OneV.

      • jaxidian

        Um, nope. It’s more like the OneX and OneV. The internals of the WP8x are practically identical to the One X.

        You’re cute, troll. ;)

        • Raptor

          - Though higher res the 8X screen is 4.3″ like in OneS vs 4.7″ in OneX
          - 8X dual-core like OneS vs iInternational quad-core OneX
          - be ready to brick the whole phone due to its low capacity integrated battery in ONE single year due to twice the day charging, dumbo

          • Nick Gray

            Obviously you have not used WIndows Phone before. The OS consumes a lot less power, mainly because it doesn’t do true multi-tasking like Android. An 1800 mAh battery on this phone should last most people a day and a half.

          • Raptor

            To Nick: Besides my guess of F in Math, something is telling me that you also have no clue about current state of Windows Phones. Like French say, BEFORE and NOW are two big differences. Before Windows phones had no large screens, LTE, powerhungry processors and people were not browsing, emailing, tweeting, gaming and updating phone permanently.

      • Mix

        It would be pretty nice if they allowed such color options on Android phones but then again I may not know what I am talking about as I have a rating by my name.

        Hurp Durp!

        • jaxidian

          Now, you see, not all trolling is bad. Some trolling is makes you look dumb while other trolling (yours) is actually entertaining! +1

          • Mix

            Haha thanks!

        • iamXiV92a

          I’m really digging the bright colours! It’s a nice change from black and white

          • ionorov

            hear hear!

            No more aping iphones please! you hear us Android makers? We want all the colours of the rainbow!

  • shadhussain

    The beauty in these devices (Lumia 920, 8X, 8S) come mostly from the consistency in fusing hardware and software design, which complement the simple and eye-popping W8 UI. As Duarte said in some G+ post earlier today, Android has some way to go in terms of its UI and consistency and once we get there, there might be killer hardware designs to match it visually.

    I was an Android early adopter because the open technology and strides in innovation excited me (and still does) and so I can’t help but be a little excited to see how W8 fares. They’re doing some good stuff here. Competition is good.

    • dmm

      Same here. I was on WM6 for 2 years (Motorola Q9c) before I switched over to Android 3 years ago. While I’m a huge Anrdroid fan, I am happy to see WM8 emerging as another alternative to Android and iOS. Having choices is great for us consumers, the more the merrier.

      • JZHenns

        You could there are some brave souls still out there on WM6.1 to this day.

    • ionorov

      This is why like this place. Comments like yours would be auto down-voted with extreme prejudice at other “fundamentalist” sites… just because it praises a competing OS. Here, it’s actually appreciated and up-voted!

      Seems like most here are Android fans, but also appreciate good tech.

      You are right, android does not have the same consistency. Played around with Lumia 900s in shoes and was just blown away with how everything seems to fit together. Like how you can have a red Lumia and all the live-tiles and some backgrounds have a red tinge to them.

      Maybe this is why Google bought Motorola?

      • ionorov

        shops! not shoes! *facepalm*

  • Carlos icee0711

    I think the styling of the phone is kinda bland and the colors are a ..ugly.. Way of compensating. But that’s just me. As far as windows phone, I’ve tried to like it and will try again when 8 is readily available. But so far it’s just as bland as the hardware. it’s gonna take some mind blowing new functionality to get me to use it. I really want the competition to push harder so that Android gets better in the end.

    • jaxidian

      They have a black option for those who don’t like the vibrant colors. I think the color options are a GREAT thing. Now there’s no way in hell I would buy a bright yellow phone, but it’s great that I have the option to!

  • ZR0ExX

    Boring…..such a let down.

  • Hom0ncruse

    final nail in the coffin for HTC

    • Raptor

      For hi-tech lovers – yes….but I think you underestimate the sheer stupidity of populace LOL

      • iamXiV92a

        Let me guess… “Sent from your iPhone”? ;)

        • Raptor

          i hate iphone

  • Nate B.

    It looks like a cross between the Lumia series and the back looks like the original HTC Evo. Still looks nice.

  • orangestrat

    Meh. We still don’t know anything about WP8, but I’m kinda bearish. Is it just me or is the 8S super ugly?

    • ionorov

      The lime and orange ones are a bit suspect…

      But the blue/black and white/black are interesting. I love the coloured bottom area… gives the phones a nicely contrasted look without splashing bright color everywhere.

  • Bpear96

    Why do Windows Phones get all the colors.. I want a Cyan Android phone (Cyan one x would look sweet). Running CyanogenMOD on a Cyan colored phone would just be awesome :D

    • ionorov

      Yeah, we want colours too please! No more aping the iphone with just black and white!

  • Nathan D.

    Nice phones however, they have hardware that Android have already seen and have in phones already. But they are still good phones if you don’t want an iOS phone.

  • Stella

    I really love the beautiful vibrant colors of the phones and the WP8 looks nice and minimal. For HTC’s sake, I hope this is a hit for them. If they were Android phones, I would consider getting one for my nephew’s upgrade.

  • GJHugh

    Think they learned their lesson with the Titan I and Titan II. Lets compare some HTC androids and see how they stack up. Not so much. “Fool me once”

  • ionorov

    I’m this close to switching to either these or a Lumia. These phones are absolutely gorgeous! Plus their cameras and screens are on par or better than the current Androids. And man… that WP8 OS is slick!

    Seems like only Sony has the design nous amongst the Android makers. The Xperia line had that gorgeous Arc S and now the Xperia T and V. They, like Nokia (and now HTC), know how to use colours in their handsets.

    LG and the chinese makers keep pumping out black/grey slabs. Samsung and Motorola are trying but they need better design teams, IMO.

    That’s the strength of Android, I guess. When one maker drops the ball (Samsung), another comes up with a winner.

  • Dave

    I love how you posted this even though this is mainly a Android tech site. I want one really bad. Been waiting a while for WP to pick up some reasonable high-end devices. I never switched though I wanted too because the WP device on T-Mobile were too low-mid end for my taste, but this is exactly what I want. I will not feel let out from Android from having a HTC One S from T-Mobile. I could easily transition from my HTC One S to this, & get my Zune pass back. I always loved WP’s fluidity in their OS, & I figured well I have a Windows laptop, why not.