Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 19, 2012.
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HTC and Microsoft jointly announced the release of a new flagship Windows Phone 8 handset today, debuting HTC's newest non-Android device. The boldly named Windows Phone 8X is a high-end smartphone that features a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 1280x720 resolution. The 720p HD display has 341ppi with lamination designed to reduce glare and improve sharpness in the Gorilla Glass-protected screen. It also has an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, an f/2.0 aperture 28mm lens, and HTC ImageChip, the same hardware and software combination that improved photo-taking on the HTC One X. HTC has brought that same technology to Windows Phone, as well as raising standards on the front-facing camera, which can shoot up to 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound.
Internally, the Windows Phone 8X has a Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, 1GB RAM, and a 1,800 mAh battery. The phone has Beats Audio enhancement for stronger sound and amplifiers integrated into the audio system. Connectivity options include GSM, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA, HSPA, WCDMA, and LTE. It also supports NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 4GHz), Bluetooth 2.1, and a micro USB port.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined HTC Peter Chou on-stage to tout the unique aspects of Windows Phone, and Ballmer stated that someone who wants a Windows Phone will have a clear choice in the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the midrange sibling Windows Phone 8S. The Windows Phone 8X will be available on more than 150 carriers in 50 carriers. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will carry the phone in the U.S. beginning in November.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.