HTC have announced their new Windows Phone 8 handsets – the Windows Phone 8X and 8S which will be available on 150-plus carriers in more than 50 countries beginning in November.

Both handsets come with integrated Beats Audio confirming that the recent rumours of HTC ditching Beats were false.

htc windows phone 8xWindows Phone 8X

The Windows Phone 8X has a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection and 720p resolution, a Qualcomm® S4 1.5 GHz, Dual-core processor, 16 GB of storage, with no expandable storage.

The 8MP rear camera shoots full 1080p video, while the front has a 2.1MP, 1080p-capable camera with an 88 degree viewing angle. The 8X comes in California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, and Limelight Yellow.

The 8X includes GPS and NFC, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n and the now aging Bluetooth 2.1 It measures 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm.

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htc windows phone 8sWindows Phone 8S

The Windows Phone 8S has a 4-inch Super LCD display with Gorilla Glass, dual-core 1GHz processor, and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable using micro SD memory card. Its two-tone polycarbonate body comes in four colour combinations.

It has a 5 megapixel rear camera with auto focus LED flash and weighs 113 grams with battery.

The 8S includes GPS, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, the same aging Bluetooth 2.1 but no NFC. It measures 120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm

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Check out the first hands-on video below by Ben Rudolph from the Windows Phone Blog.

The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are the result of months of collaboration between Microsoft and HTC, and the result is really impressive. The design of these phones instantly stands out from the glass-and-aluminum crowd and the ergonomics are unparalleled.  All in all, seriously good stuff that’s going to rock with Windows Phone 8.

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