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HTC unveils Windows 8S and 8X – are they any good?

HTC has unveiled two new Windows Phone 8-powered phone at a press event in New York, which will be hitting the market in November.

The Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S are set to directly vie for competition from Nokia’s recently-launched Lumia 820 and 920.

With Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer boasting that “consumers are going to love these phones”, the 8S and 8X certainly have a lot to live up to. Here’s what we expect from the models.

HTC 8X and the HTC 8S specs and features

Both the 8S and 8X are lightweight, weighing 130 grams and 113 grams respectively, and feature small displays – 4 inches for the 8S and 4.3 inches for the 8X.

At just 800×480 pixels, the display resolution offered by the 8S is very mid-range, but the 1280×720 pixel resolution display in the 8X is definitely in keeping with the latest wave of smartphones.

When it comes to specs, the flagship 8X obviously trumps the 8S with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM and a decent 16GB of storage

The 8S, on the other hand, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage – though this can be beefed up with a MicroSD card.

HTC 8X and the HTC 8S: Enough to help HTC?

Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg said HTC and Nokia were shrewd to distinguish the appearance of their devices with bright colours, helping to set them apart from the iPhone.

“The best thing about these device ranges is that neither looks like an iPhone,”

However, Michael On, a managing director of Beyond Asset Management in Taipei, argues that HTC may still struggle to bounce back from the fact that its annual profits more than halved in the second quarter.

“Even with the rumoured new Android models coming up, HTC’s performance will be so-so this year, because its phones are still lagging behind Samsung,”

With the launch of Apple’s iOS6 only time will tell if Windows 8 Phones will be able to make an impact on the smartphone market.

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