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  • First wave of Windows Phone 8 devices hits India as HTC launches the 8X and 8S

    After Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 8 on October 29, it was only a matter time before the manufacturers released their WP8 devices in the markets.

    Yesterday, at an event in Singapore, the Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC launched it's two Windows Phone 8 devices, the HTC 8x and 8S for the Indian markets. Both these smartphones would go on sale this month and would be one of the first few flag bearers for Microsoft's new mobile OS.

    HTC 8X

    The HTC 8X is the flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone from HTC and features a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display with a 720p HD resolution. The screen should be able to withstand quite a bit of bouse as it is built using the corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology.

    Under the hood, the phone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and packs 1GB RAM. The HTC 8X comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera with a single LED flash that's capable of recording videos in Full HD. The phone comes with HTC's Image Sense chip that we've seen on previous models like the HTC One X. Thus, photos and video-recording capabilities of the 8X should be top notch (on-paper, at least). The phone also comes with a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera that quite impressive as well.

    HTC 8X Specifications and price
    • 1.5GHz dual core processor; 1GB RAM
    • 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 diplay;720p resolution
    • 8MP rear camera; 2.1MP front camera
    • Beats Audio
    • GPS,NFC,Wi-Fi,Bluetooth 2.1
    • 16GB internal storage; No expansion slot
    • 1800 mAh Battery
    • Price: Rs.35,023

    The HTC 8x also comes with Beats Audio that's now a standard feature in almost all the HTC's devices and offers a treat to music lovers. For connectivity, the phone gets Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 2.1.

    The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage but on the downside, there's no Micro-SD card slot for storage expansion. That's a let down from HTC, as it missed such an important feature in it's flagship device. The 8X houses a 1800 mAh battery and comes with a price tag of Rs.35,023.

    HTC 8S

    The other phone launched by HTC is the HTC 8S that's a mid-range Windows Phone 8 device and with the kind of specifications it packs, it can be said that HTC has priced it aggressively at Rs.19,260.

    Being the younger sibling to the 8X, the HTC 8S features a similar design but unlike the 8X's solid colors, the 8S is available in two-tone colors. The HTC 8S is powered by a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip coupled with 512MB RAM.

    The 8S sports a 4-inch S-LCD display that has a resoltuin of 800x480 pixels and is protected by Gorilla Glass screen. The 8S has got 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded by up-to 32GB via a micro-SD card.

    The phone packs a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that can record 720p HD videos at 30fps. There's no front facing camera on the 8S which is a big disappointment as the users won't be able to take the advantage of Skype's deep integration into Windows Phone 8.

    HTC 8S specifications and price

    • 1GHz dual core processor;512MB RAM
    • 4-inch Super LCD display
    • 4GB internal storage; Micro-SD expansion up-to 32 GB'
    • 5MP rear camera; No front-facing camera
    • Wi-Fi,Blutooth,GPS
    • 1700 mAh battery
    • Beats Audio
    • Price: Rs.19,260

    Like it's elder brother, the 8S also features Beats Audio, and for connectivity, it offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and GPS. The HTC Windows Phone 8S gets a 1700 mAh battery.

    So, will HTC's first mover advantage help it trump the Nokia Lumia(s) and the Samsung's Ativ S? Well, we'll have to wait till the others join the party!