HTC Press Release - HTC and Microsoft unveil first signature Windows Phones

The HTC 8X and 8S

Just as expected, HTC and Microsoft this morning have announced the new 8X and 8S "signature" series for Windows Phone 8. We'll have a lot more details following this post, so make sure to refresh. For now, you can read HTC's official press release after the break...


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 designed the Windows Phone 8X and 8S to blend the virtual and the physical utilizing a three dimensional, uni-body style 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 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, Singtel Group, Smartone, Telstra and Vodafone Australia.

In the US, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be available for a suggested retail price of $199.99 at AT&T.

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 visit

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • boom at&t with the win!
  • absolutely beautiful
  • Looks pretty and thin! Like :-)
  • Those are gorgeus! I'm glad HTC decided to jump on the color band wagon with full force, I love that HTC yellow/green.
  • Glad for the design, but the exclusivity of apps of Nokia is what make feel isolated right now with my HD7S
  • Sprint is killing me right now.
  • The time to upgrade to a new carrier is now :)
  • Really lovely design. Will seriously consider this. But as ronnyfm, the apps on the Nokia are a major selling point for their phones.
  • i thought that the nokia lumia 920 was gonna be my next phone, but hoenstly, htc made that decision alot more harder!
  • Same here!
  • Ditto for me. I like the beats audio on HTC but I also like the Nokia apps as well...tough choices.
  • Screw Sprint. That is all.
  • While I have been generally happy with my HD7 on TMobile, the level of support does not match Nokia. Maybe that will be improving starting with these phones? Meanwhile, the ball is in your court, Nokia & TMobile: are you going to show us some L920 love?
  • Nokia has some real competition, see the hands on video (the HTC has an even better PPS than the Lumia 920 and has a 2mp front facing camera).
    But the biggest thing is the very fresh and cool design, take a look...
    One big problem for some though, the 8X only has 16GB of non expandable memory and the 8S has 4GB!!!! of expandable memory with only 512 RAM.
    Nokia take my money.
  • +1
  • +1: really was impressed with the 8X unless I read 16GB of non expandable memory. That is one of the few show stoppers for me.
    Infact both the 8X as the Lumia 920 are far to big for my needs but in comparison 8X seems far better to handle. I'd really wish they make a high-end phone with a size similar to the Lumia 800.
  • A worthy competitor it seems, but the NL920 still has my attention.
  • Am I the only one like, "Meh"..   I mean they copied Nokia's curved front and back.  They even called their mid range phone (Accord) the 8X!
    And we are supposed to swoon because it has Beats Audio and if for some reason the rear camera breaks, we can take good video with the front facing camera?
    I'll pass, at all variables are out of the way now for me to get 920.
  • Oh shut up
  • The Color Scheme on the 8S is much nicer than the color scheme on the 8X... Too bad the 8S hardware is so Blah...
  • $200 is insanely cheap - I'm assuming that's a subsidised contract price?