• HTC 8X & 8S available to order

    By Clove , September 20, 2012 - Leave a comment

    Last night, HTC announced to the world the HTC 8X and the 8S (yes it will get confusing with the One X and One S), 2 new Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

    On first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking they were Nokia designed phones, but they are quite different.

    HTC have put a lot of effort into producing something special.

    Having had hands on with these already we can say that they are very thin, they really are.  Smooth edges and a curved back make them feel more comfortable in the palm of your hand, there are too an array of interesting colour options.

    So what do they have to offer?


    HTC 8X Features

    • Windows Phone 8
    • Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor
    • 4.3″ Super LCD 2 touch screen, Gorilla Glass 2
    • 8MP camera with wide angle lens
    • 2.1MP front facing camera with wide angle lens
    • Beats Audio integration
    • Iconic, colourful design
    • NFC
    • WiFi
    • Bluetooth
    • 3G
    • MicroSIM
    • 1800mAh battery, built-in
    • 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm
    • 130g with battery

    HTC 8S Features

    • Windows Phone 8
    • Qualcomm S3 1GHz dual-core processor
    • 4″ Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass
    • Beats Audio integration
    • 4GB Internal Storage
    • MicroSD expansion slot
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G
    • 5MP Camera
    • Internal GPS GLONASS
    • MicroSIM

    Both handsets are due into stock in November.

    Prices are:

    HTC 8X – £399.99 inc VAT (£333.33 excluding) – CLICK HERE TO ORDER

    HTC 8S – £224.99 inc VAT (£187.49 excluding) – CLICK HERE TO ORDER

    We took a shot of the HTC 8X and 8S sat next to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.  You can see that the Windows Phones are in fact very similarly sized, yet they have smaller screens!


    As we mentioned earlier, HTC have put a lot of work into the design of these handsets and you can find out more about this by watching the following video:

    You can read the full press release below:

    HTC and Microsoft unveil first signature Windows phones
    New Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC to be available through more than 150 mobile operators globally

    NEW YORK, 19th September, 2012 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, and Microsoft today unveiled the first signature Windows Phones, the stunning Windows® Phone 8X and 8S by HTC®. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast iconic design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ and incredible camera capabilities.

    “Pairing HTC’s beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I’m thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level.”

    “We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”

    Iconic Design
    The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone has a clear, differentiated vision and the consumer experience has been widely recognized as being groundbreaking, innovative and fresh. HTC created the Windows Phone 8X and 8S to blend the virtual and the physical utilizing a three dimensional, pure uni-body design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles. The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are perfectly sculpted with a dramatic taper making them feel magically thin in your hand.

    Because color is such an integral part of the Windows Phone experience, HTC is bringing bold, sophisticated and adventurous colors in a premium matte finish to these devices. The Windows Phone 8X will come in a variety of colors including California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray.

    Capture and share your world
    For the first time, HTC is introducing a 2.1mp, f/2.0 aperture, 88° ultra-wide angle front-facing camera that allows up to four people and more to be captured at once. It also supports 1080p video capture. The rear camera sports an 8mp CMOS sensor with backside-illumination (BSI) for improved low-light performance, along with an f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and a dedicated imaging chip. A physical shutter button makes it quick and easy to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.

    Spectacular Sound with Beats Audio
    Exclusively available on HTC smartphones, Beats Audio provides authentic, studio-quality sound that delivers the spirit of the original recording. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC featuring Beats Audio also offers a unique audio amplifier powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker, boosting the audio signal for even better sound no matter if you’re listening to music, playing a game or watching a video.

    Brilliant Display
    The Windows Phone 8X by HTC features a beautiful, 4.3″ HD-resolution super LCD 2 screen protected from everyday bumps and scrapes by lightweight Gorilla® Glass 2, while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare, ensuring you see every detail. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts a bright super LCD 4″ screen with Gorilla® Glass, allowing users to see the Windows Phone Live Tiles, and every message and photo, with crystal clarity and sparkling color.

    With the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC people can carry their favorite music, movies and photos with them wherever they go. With the Windows Phone Store and Xbox Live, it is easier than ever to enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.

    The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC will be available beginning in November. Available through more than 150 carriers in 50+ countries, the Windows Phone 8X or 8S by HTC will be available from the world’s top carriers including: United States: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Europe: Orange, O2 Telefonica, MTS, Three UK, T-Mobile, and Vodafone Asia-Pacific: Chunghwa Telecom, Optus, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Smartone, Telstra and Vodafone Australia.

    About HTC
    Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense®, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please www.htc.com.


    This article was written by a member of the Clove Team. Clove is a specialist provider of mobile technology products, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, connected home products, memory cards and associated accessories.


  • Dear Clove!
    Could you say something about syncing Mac OS X and Windows Phone 8? Is it possible or not? If it is possible how it’s going (the same as Android or without problems). I will be thankful for any information you can give!

  • Hi guys,

    Unfortunately it is too early for us to say at this stage. Sorry that we can’t be of more help!

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