Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made an appearance alongside HTC CEO Peter Chou at the event as the two of them showed off the new phones and lauded their design. Both phones have a slim profile, though the 8X is going to be marginally thinner at 10.12 mm, while the 8S will be 10.28 mm. The 8S is going to be lighter, however, weighing in at only 113 grams (with battery) to the 8X’s 130 grams.
Much like the Nokia Lumia line of phones, the 8X and 8S will both feature a unibody design and will be available in a various colors. The 8X will come in blue, black, red, and yellow, and the 8S will come in red, blue, gray, and “Domino.”
Since the 8X is meant to be the premium option between the two phones, it obviously is going to have more impressive specs, including a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 Super LCD 2 display (341 ppi), a built-in audio amplifier, and NFC capability. It will also be equipped with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera. As far as memory is concerned, the 8X will have 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB storage, though it will not be expandable.
HTC also spent some time at the press conference touting the ImageChip technology that’s featured in the 8X, providing users with “fast focus speed and clearer, sharper shots.” Combined with the imaging technology will be the camera’s f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens.
Compare to its older brother, the 8S will have more modest, albeit still respectable, specs. It is going to have a slightly smaller Super LCD screen at 4 inches, along with a lower 800 x 400 resolution. It will be powered by a dual-core, 1 GHz processor, have a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and will lack a front-facing camera all together.
While it will have lower memory specs with only 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage, the one edge that the 8S is going to have over the 8X is that it will have expandable storage via a microSD card slot.
Surprisingly, the spec sheet for the 8S did not indicate that the phone will have a micro-USB 2.0 port (whereas the spec sheet for the 8X did), which begs the question of what kind of port it will have and what its means of charging will be.
Both of the phones are going to share certain features, like Beats Audio, micro SIM card slots, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity.
Though HTC did not offer any information regarding pricing for the 8X or the 8S, it did say that both handsets will be coming in November in the US to T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.