HTC Unveils a Pair of Windows Phones to Compete with Nokia - The UpStream

HTC Unveils a Pair of Windows Phones to Compete with Nokia

posted Friday Sep 21, 2012 by Scott Ertz

HTC Unveils a Pair of Windows Phones to Compete with Nokia

Not to be outdone by Nokia's Windows Phones, HTC has unveiled a pair of handsets that can truly compete in the growing anti-Android movement. Like Nokia, the handsets come in high- and mid-grade varieties, and, as the WinPho 8 handsets seem to be going, they are very colorful.

The high-end handset, the Windows Phone 8X, has all of the features you have come to expect from HTC. It has a 4.3" screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB and storage and an 8MP camera. The list of features that sets this phone apart from the rest of the Windows Phone 8 field so far is just as long. First, the handset has got an ultra-wide front camera lens, allowing for larger photo area without having to get the phone farther away. It's perfect for those self-shots, like those looking up Facebook pictures. The handset also incorporates a variety of colors, similar to the Nokias, but not the same palette. In fact, the colors that have been chosen, again matching the OS color scheme, really make these handsets pop in a great way.

Also, not to be outdone by Nokia partnering with Monster for new headphones, they have included Beats Audio for the first time. If you have handled a device with Beats Audio included, such as the HP TouchPad or HTC Sensation, you know how incredible the sound is. Since those early devices, the quality of the implementation has improved, ensuring deep sounds stay deep.

Does the 8X seem too big of a phone, or maybe the unannounced price is too high? Hit the break to find out about the smaller, 8S, and to see pictures of the handsets.

The mid-level handset, the Windows Phone 8S, packs a lot of punch, while not quite being its big brother. It packs a 4" screen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of storage and a 5MP camera. Even with its smaller frame and lower-power processor, this phone is still one to consider for the average consumer. You still get the choices of intense colors - some full-body, others just accents, but still a phone that will get attention on the street. You also get to keep the Beats Audio, a feature usually reserved just for the higher-end HTC handsets.

One of the benefits of the smaller processor is greatly improved battery life. This handset packs a 1700 mAh battery, only 100 mAh smaller than its big brother. That means it has the ability to run a lot longer than its big brother on a single charge. If battery life is more important to you than raw processing power, than the 8S might just be a great match for you.

Windows Phone 8X

Windows Phone 8S

So, now that we have seen the HTC and Nokia line-ups, which handset are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.

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