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HTC Windows Phone 8S & 8X

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HTC has unveiled its first signature Windows Phones, the 8X and 8S, both setting themselves apart from their iPhone and Android competitors through the use of brightly hued exteriors. The 8X is HTC's Windows Phone 8 flagship, featuring a 4.3-inch 720p HD Super LCD 2 display and an 8-megapixel camera equipped with HTC's dedicated ImageChip. There's also a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0, 88-degree wide-angle lens. Under the hood is a 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, plus 16GB of built-in memory, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n including the 5Ghz band, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, and NFC. Beats audio is carried through a 2.55-volt audio amplifier, providing clearer sound through headphones and speakers.

The Windows Phone 8S sports a slightly smaller 4-inch 800-by-480-pixel Super LCD, along with a 5-megapixel rear camera similarly aided by HTC's ImageChip and capable of 720p stereo video recording (there's no front camera on the 8S). Other specs include 4GB of storage (with a MicroSD memory card slot, unlike the 8X), Wi-Fi (but only 2.4Ghz), Bluetooth, Beats audio (without the 2.55v amplifier) and FM radio.

Both are made with polycarbonate and feature rounded corners and a tapered design, ideal for Microsoft's two-dimensional tile-based user interface. The HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S are slated to launch in November through AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Release Date: November 2013