HTC reveals first Windows Phone handsets

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HTC has revealed two new Windows Phone 8 handsets which, the company says, “boast iconic design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ and incredible camera capabilities.”

The two new models, the Windows Phone 8X and 8S, will be launching in a range of eye-catching colours but the other features of the handsets are far more attractive than the very noticeable design, which is based on Windows’ Live Tiles feature. The 8X will feature a 4.3″ LCD 2 HD display which the 8S has a smaller 4″ LCD screen. The handsets use Gorilla Glass 2 and Gorilla Glass respectively for protection.

As far and the handsets’ cameras go, a front-facing wide-angle 2.1 megapixel camera has been packed in which is capable of 1080p video recording. the rear-facing 8 megapixel camera has “backside-illumination (BSI) for improved low-light performance, along with an f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and a dedicated imaging chip.”

Apparently exclusive to HTC handsets, the phones will feature Beats Audio, with the high-end 8X getting  an audio amplifier for the 3.5mm audio jack and speaker that boost audio across a range of applications.

The handsets will become available from both MTN and Vodacom in South Africa in the first week of November this year.

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