The HTC event unveiled the HTC 8X and 8S – here’s why we like them
HTC’s Windows Phone event wasn’t on my personal radar … until I saw the products. HTC unveiled two Windows Phones, the HTC 8X and 8S. The device brings striking designs, a much requested feature from myself, and represent the flagship devices for Microsoft’s smartphone platform.
If you love design, then you’re going to love HTC’s new Windows Phones
I’ve spoken before about being excited for Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s mobile operating system. The reason is because it’s a different take on the area and, as a long-term iOS users, I’ve grown bored on Apple’s refinements to iOS rather than the needed refresh. HTC surprised me with its new design for the HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phone 8 devices.
Why? The HTC 8S in particular features a unique two-tone design on the front and back, with more color than Apple is offering with its iPhone 5. The phone sports a chin similar to the HTC Legend; the colors of Black/White, Grey/Yellow, Red/Orange, and Black/Blue. I really like Grey/Yellow and Black/White; the design seems individual and people will ask what phone you’re using, a needed move if Microsoft wants Windows Phone 8 used widespread and with a wide consumer appeal
Brings Compelling Design To Accompany Promising Software
The high-end device of the pair is HTC’s 8X. The design is conservative compared to its 8S, resembling Nokia’s Lumia 800 and 900 with a colored bezel and back. The reason I prefer it over Nokia’s Lumia 920 is because the screen is narrower. I think it’s be more comfortable to hold than the Lumia for that reason; it’s similar to iPhone 5 in form factor, a device Apple is keen to be one handable. When I’m in bed I’m known to use a phone with one hand, so a narrower screen is important.
We don’t know how the devices perform because Microsoft isn’t demoing software. The thing is, Windows Phone 7 devices had similar performance because the software is optimized. Hardware is the differentiating factor therefore.
Windows Phone 8’s release date is to be announced. Rumors are Microsoft finished the mobile platform recently, literally signing off on the release on a whiteboard. We know Microsoft is holding a Windows 8 event October 25 so we’ll wait to see if news follows.