Overnight HTC announced a new Windows Phone 8 device called the Windows Phone 8X. Powered by a Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz, Dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, the 8x should be super fast, despite the platform already feeling fast on less hardware.
The 4.3” Super LCD 2 display runs 1280×720 resolution and is coated with second generation gorilla glass. The phone is only available in 16GB version, so better make sure you find the Spotify app quickly.
In terms of cameras, the rear camera is a wide angle 8 Megapixel with a F2.0 aperture that doubles as a 1080p video camera. The more impressive spec when it comes to cameras is the 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. As you’d know from the phone in your pocket, the grainy image that typically comes from a front facing camera is basically unusable.
In terms of network connectivity, the benchmark is now 4G after the 920 recently announced support. The WP 8X supports the following bands. GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, SPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz.
The phone also features Beats Audio which is fairly well regarded as decent audio. While the HTC site shows a picture of beats solo headphones leaning on the WP 8X, I doubt these will be included with the device due to the price.
Now for the bad news, as with the Nokia release, there’s, no pricing. HTC did say availability of the 8X will be in early November with the release of Windows Phone 8.
HTC also announced a baby brother to the 8X that is called Windows Phone 8S. If you’re interested in the smaller, lower-spec version, then head to http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-wp-8s/#specs