During the IFA show in Berlin at the end of August, Samsung quietly showed a few reporters their new Ativ phone running Windows Phone 8 operating system, which features super-thin phone body, 4.8-inch display, 2,300mAh battery, NFC (near-field communication technology) and Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+). Shortly after the Samsung Ativ phone, Nokia held its September 5th event to release its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920, which sports quite amazing features including a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, expandable memory via microSDCode, Division Multiple Access (CDMA) or Long-Term Evolution (LTE), etc. Now, as one of manufacturers of Windows Phone 8 terminals, HTC is also on the move for preparing for a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. New details on one of HTC's first Windows Phone 8 mobiles have been leaked. The HTC Accord will apparently be known as the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, and will offer a 4.3inch screen.
HTC 8X specs
As reported, the HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 smartphone would be scheduled to be released on September 19th, only a week after iPhone 5 release event. According to a spec list leaked on Twitter, the phone, once known as the HTC Accord, will feature a 4.3-inch 720P HD screen, an 8-megapixel camera and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. Other features include an NFC chip, Beats audio branding, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi, a microUSB port, 3.5mm audio socket, etc. The HTC 8X offers 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM, and uses a microSIM. Obviously, this new Windows Phone 8 smartphone is for mid-class customers.
What we find most interesting about this leak, though, is the detail shed on the 8-megapixel camera. It reportedly uses a 29mm f/2.0 lens, which should let it take in more light than either the f/2.6 Samsung Galaxy S3 or the f/2.4 iPhone 4S. This snapper could be a bit special, especially given it features in a mid-range phone. It's equipped with an LED flash and can capture 1080p video.
Besides the HTC 8X as Windows Phone 8 smartphone flagship, it is also reported that HTC is preparing for two other WP8 smartphones, respectively named HTC 8S and HTC 8V, for the September 19th mobile phone event. Will HTC be able to pull off something attractive enough against the Nokia Lumia 920 or Samsung ATIV S? We might have to wait a few more days for September 19 to find out. Stay tuned!