HTC’s comeback from the dead press conference was held earlier today to the amazement of Windows Phone fans everywhere. Unfortunately, the two, yes, two offerings that were served up focused more on color than substance. While the lineup is new, the overall feature set really seemed to be recycled from the Titan/Radar battles of last year.
We start with the HTC 8x, the flagship device in the Windows Phone array.
will feature a 4.3″, 1280×724 display with Gorilla Glass 2. It has a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual core processor and 16GB of storage. It also features the Beats Audio enhancement and two cameras: the rear facing 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0, 28mm lens and 1080p video recording, and a 2.1-megapixel front camera with a wide-angle lens. The battery is 1800mAh, which should power the phone through most normal days.
The HTC 8s on the other hand, is the baby phone of the two. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and has 4GB of on-board storage. The Micro SD card slot also handles up to a 32GB card, just like the 8x. This is looking like a direct update to the successful Radar 4G for T-Mobile. It also features a 5MP rear camera but has no option for front facing pictures or video chatting. The smaller camera also records video in 720p instead of the higher 1080p like the X.
Overall, the HTC lineup left is feeling a bit under whelmed compared to the amazing show that Nokia put on last week. Right now, unless HTC can bring some added value in the software department, we see them continuing to lag behind Samsung in the Android department and behind Nokia in Windows Phone development.