HTC Windows Phone 8 phones in SA

HTC‘s newly announced Windows Phone 8X and 8S smartphones will be releasing in SA on MTN and Vodacom in early November, a company spokesperson has told MyBroadband.

The devices were officially unveiled on 19 September 2012, with HTC saying that their Windows Phone 8 smartphones will lead Microsoft’s launch of its new mobile operating system.

In the spec sheets accompanying the reveal of the two devices, HTC said that although both devices would include Beats audio, the 8X would feature a 720p 4.3-inch super LCD 2 display with Gorilla Glass.

It will run on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, has 16GB internal storage, and 1GB RAM.

HTC also announced an 8 megapixel camera for the Windows Phone 8X, boasting a 28mm F/2.0, 88-degree wide angle lens with a back-illuminated sensor. The front camera will be HD-capable, HTC said, boasting a resolution of 2.1 megapixels.

The Windows Phone 8S is intended to be HTC’s “more affordable” device, the company said, and features a 4-inch WVGA (480×800) super LCD display with Gorilla Glass.

It also has a slower 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, less RAM (512MB) and less internal storage (4GB).

The camera of the 8S also has a reduced spec, featuring a 5MP sensor, f/2.8 aperture and 35mm lens.

No recommended retail pricing on either device was available at the time of publication.

Specifications Windows Phone 8X by HTC Windows Phone 8S by HTC
Maker HTC HTC
Display 4.3″ 720p (720×1280) S-LCD2 4.0″ WVGA (480×800) S-LCD
Camera, primary 8MP 5MP
Camera, secondary 2.1MP None
Storage, internal 16GB 4GB
Storage, expandable No MicroSD
RAM 1GB 512MB
Processor 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core
Battery 1,800mAh 1,700mAh
Cellular data HSPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSPA 900/2100
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM
NFC Operator dependent No
HTC Windows Phone 8X "Flame Red"
HTC Windows Phone 8X “Flame Red”
HTC Windows Phone 8S
HTC Windows Phone 8S

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