Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 19, 2012.
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HTC planted its flag in the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem with the announcement of the Windows Phone 8X earlier today, and the Taiwanese manufacturer also announced the Windows Phone 8S as the handset it will use to target the midrange market. While the 8X will be the premiere option from HTC, the Windows Phone 8S still offers many of the same amenities in a smaller package. The Windows Phone 8S has a 4-inch Super LCD screen with WVGA (800x480) resolution. The display has Gorilla Glass for reinforced protection if the phone is dropped. The phone also has a 1 GHz dual-core processor, Beats Audio, and a 1,700 mAh battery.
Though it doesn't have quite the same punch as the 8X, the 8S still has specs comparable to other phones in its class. It has a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, as well as f/2.8 aperture on a 35mm lens. There's a dedicated camera button, and the rear camera supports 720p HD video recording. HTC includes 4GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, 512MB of RAM, and support for the following network types: GSM, GPR, EDGE, CDMA, HSPA, WCDMA. The lack of LTE may limit the phone's viability in some markets, but more concrete release details will be available in the coming weeks. For now, HTC has confirmed that the phone will be available in Europe, Asia, and North America beginning this November.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.