HTC today announced their new Windows Phone 8 handsets, the 8X and the 8S at an event at the Cuadro Gallery in Dubai International Financial Centre today. The HTC 8X is the company’s flagship Windows Phone device and goes on sale across the UAE on November 10th at AED 1,999. The Windows Phone 8S will join about a month later and is expected to be priced around AED 1,500.
“Pairing HTC’s beautiful new phones with our brand is a big milestone for both companies,” said Gustavo Fuchs, Director, Mobility, Microsoft Middle East and Africa. “Together, with the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC, we are offering customers in the MENA region a clear choice and a truly unique experience in line with their desire for the latest technologies.”
“Drawing inspiration from Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC, we wanted to create smartphones that clearly epitomize revolutionary technology, creative designs and incredible specs,” explained Jon French, VP, HTC MEA. “Windows Phone is an absolute industry leader in mobile ecosystems, providing consumers with an outstanding handset that boasts optimal specs and fits seamlessly into their lives.”
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. The Windows® Phone 8X and 8S by HTC® were created to blend the virtual and the physical by utilizing a three dimensional, pure uni-body design 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 magically thin in your hand.
Neeraj Seth, Senior Brand Communications Manager, HTC MEA, said, “HTC’s Windows Phones are perfectly in line with our mission to place the consumer at the forefront of our business ethos and provide them with lifestyle integrated innovation.”
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 by HTC will come in a variety of colors including California Blue and Graphite Black. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available in Domino and Atlantic Blue. Both phones will also have language support in English and Arabic.
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.
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.