Behind the Design: Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC

It’s a design that Wired calls “the Windows Phone to beat;” in fact, it’s like holding a live tile in right in your hand.  Over the past year, HTC and Microsoft engineers and designers have worked closely together to deliver a phone that looks and feels like no other – creating a new ‘signature line’ of Windows 8 phones made only by HTC.  Let’s look more closely at how the Windows Phone 8X and 8S were born:

Of course, inside this design both the 8X and 8S deliver an incredible camera with HTC ImageSense and Beats Audio.

  • Kaan

    Make a 32gb version and take my money!!!

    • Nicholas Gray

      Yeah, that’s the only flaw here. HTC needs to offer 16, 32 and 64 gb models

      • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

        HTC needs to offer SD support for all models

        • http://profiles.google.com/jwiebe21 Jonathan Wiebe

          Agreed. If no 32GB option, then at least give us Micro SD. I really want this phone but not buying until they give us 32GB. I’m gonna grab the Nokia Lumia 920 soon if HTC doesn’t add this option.

          • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

            Don’t know why, but Lumia, personally for me, looks worse than most of the phones. Nokia could’ve done something better.

          • derp

            Especially since WP8 now supports Micro USB. Why do no flagship phones support it?

    • http://twitter.com/imikinotu Miki Pilato

      Yep. I would definitely buy one that had AT LEAST 32 GB option.

  • nanoware

    HTC, can you post a spec sheet PDF like nokia did for the lumia 920??

  • http://twitter.com/Engineerasaurus Paul Prior

    I just need to know when I can have one.

  • Antonio Alfaro

    The Nokia Lumia 900 has the HOTSPOT
    function, the HTC 8X haved?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1834246314 Dusan Slepcevic

    Hi, I’m new to pinning, so please forgive me. The HTC by Cushnie et Ochs giveaway was going to be announced on the 17th, but I cannot for the life of me see where it was announced. Would you please share with me where the announcement was ‘hidden’ – lol? Thanks so much!

  • CPANinjaDoug

    Why no LTE? That means these phones won’t be available on Verizon and won’t run on AT&T’s 4G network either. Too bad as they looked like a nice alternative to Nokia’s phones.

    • http://twitter.com/kylew157 Kyle weber

      They will have LTE.

      • CPANinjaDoug

        Their spec sheets don’t say that, but it sounds like you’re right. I’m hoping so, anyway.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198150213 Joe Murray

          The spec sheets were for Asia and Europe. Read note 2 at the bottom of the page.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805404414 Daniel Alejandro

    Are copy of Nokia Lumia…

    • http://twitter.com/ahashki Anas hashki


      • http://www.facebook.com/WagoFilho Wago Filho

        htc phones have so much more quality than nokia phones.

    • Nicholas Gray

      Not so much, If it wall all black, you wouldn’t say that. Yes, nokia puts out colorful phones, but you can’t say HTC is copying them because they now have a few colorful devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/defelen Duncan Revol

    HTC HD2 will get kinda look as sooner or later 😀 I wonder why dont u guys create another powerful smartphone just like htc HD2!

    • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

      HTC makes pretty cool devices already:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=870730474 Tim Butler

    Er, your flagship device only has 16GB memory that’s not expandable?

    No thanks. Lumia 920 has 32GB. Even better the 820 has a micro sd slot!

    • voleheart

      it has micro sd slot no worries

      • http://twitter.com/Da_PHAT_Ninja Michael Lococo

        Not the HTC’s. The Samsung comes with either 16 or 32 gigs and a MicroSD slot. Plus it has a 4.8″ display.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198150213 Joe Murray

        The 8X most definitely does not have an SD slot. Which is why Tim wrote the post that he did.

        • voleheart

          aaah the 8S does. and the Ativ S. but the quad core Zenith is not upon us yet

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1606575946 Troy Walker

    please make a tablet like this!

  • voleheart

    take my money! this thing is beautiful and on Verizon!! love it!

  • Nicholas Gray

    I wish there was a white or light gray option. Yes, they get dirty a lot easier, but I love the white One X.

    • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

      HI Nick,

      I like my white One X also, but that Limelight Yellow – pretty bold!

    • http://youtube.com/MathiasVerden Mathias Lindberg

      It’s Windows Phone colors. There’s no white 🙁

  • http://twitter.com/LmtdSlip Christopher Mallardi

    Great looking phones. I think the assortment of colors will go a long way to reaching consumers across several channels.

    The design is really cool as well. I like the way they taper at the edges. Almost like a knife edge. Looking forward to seeing one in person.

  • underst00d

    Will it do simultaneous data and voice on Verizon, like the other Verizon LTE HTC phones? If so, I’m ready to ditch my iPhone 5 already.

    • underst00d


      Just clarifying…I was actually hoping you could seek out an answer to this for us. It wasn’t just a statement.


      • http://blog.htc.com/ Larry Meadows

        Hi Underst00d,

        let me research this for you.

        • underst00d


        • underst00d

          Any info on this?

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  • dlgllhn

    Why do they have embedded batteries?? I usually keep a phone for about 4 years. Will the battery last that long? None of the phones I’ve had before have. I usually have to change the battery at least once.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

      It’s not a problem if you know a good service centre.
      Or you can find instruction and buy a new battery on the web

      • M L

        I think the point was to be able to change out a battery for a fresh charged one during the day if needed, for those who would carry a spare, so you don’t need to be near an plugin all the time.
        Watching the vid about the design and how it’s all squeezed in for such a tight fit to make it as thin as possible, if they had to place the battery in a position to be removable, along with a removable door panel etc, not to mention then needing to enclose the rest of the insides so nothing’s exposed to potential damage when the average person opens the unit to change the battery…. I’m sure the phone would be much thicker. Can’t have everything.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

          You can always buy a portable charger with amount of power which comforts your requirements. Right now these chargers are quite small.

    • Androidtech

      Why keep a smart phone for four years when you can get an upgrade discount in less than two. If not as long as you have insurance your carrier will put a new battery in for you at no extra charge.

  • Jonathan Brookshire

    Please! Please! Pretty please! Make a 7in. tablet from this concept.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pekalaanil Anil Pekala

    Hi Larry

    When it is available in Indian Markets and what will the price tag of this product??

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.o.lambeth Jay O. Lambeth

    We can’t seem to get a straight answer to this question. Does anyone know at this point?

  • Tannim

    To be quite honest, I care more about functionality than color, basic black or black/gray works for me….
    Does the phone work?
    does the camera work?
    Fast CPU?
    Large enough ROM/RAM for running apps?
    Latest stable OS?
    Large screen?
    Strong Antenna?

    These are my questions, not if they come in a lime green or pink.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

      It’s WM8-means it’s always stable and you will always have the official update.
      I’m quite sure that app devs are not going to make stunning apps. Not yet. Nice 3d games as galaxy on fire and etc.
      You don’t need much for that.
      Microsoft market has not many apps in it. Devs are less interested in this platform.

  • http://twitter.com/akshay4000 Akshay Zade

    95 unread mails, seriously? 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bender-Zadunayskiy/100001712224050 Bender Zadunayskiy

    i’m looking for a smartphone with >=5″ screen (like samsung note), but under win phone 8. do HTC have something like this in plans?

  • http://twitter.com/Da_PHAT_Ninja Michael Lococo

    Darn I thought that when you said Now that you’ve got a taste it meant that you were going to announce a bigger display with 32gigs and an mSD drive.

  • Harry Harrison

    8V anytime soon?

  • http://twitter.com/Da_PHAT_Ninja Michael Lococo

    I heard VZW will have them all. Hope to hear the same for TMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198150213 Joe Murray

    Absolutely beautiful phones, but only having 16gb of memory with no SD expansion options on the 8x is killing it for me. I like the physical appearance of the 8S, but it is too low spec for me. Why would you guys only include 16gb of memory on your flagship device? Especially when streaming is becoming a non-option as all the carriers are killing unlimited data (I loose it on Verizon if I upgrade).

  • voleheart

    it has the verizon 4GLTE logo on it

  • http://twitter.com/towbar0 Roger Marriage

    Ok. to sum up, when do we get full spec, replaceable batteried, microSD Zenith? Just hope my TouchHD and HD2 last till it arrives!

  • TRNR

    It’s devices like these that get me interested in Windows Phone. The look, feel and style of HTC’s devices are what sell WP8 for me. Only downside…WP doesn’t have a huge presence in Canada. Unfortunately. But these are great looking devices as usual.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arnab.ray.12 Arnab Ray

    please please release the same cell phone with an android version…….

  • Antonio Alfaro

    The Nokia Lumia 900 has the HOTSPOT
    function, the HTC 8X haved?

  • http://www.facebook.com/N.Aunimus.of.ECC Rudimar Rayos

    I will be voiding the warranty to add 16 more gb to this piece of sexy

  • http://twitter.com/imikinotu Miki Pilato

    No SD card support… only 8 and 16 GB variants? And you wonder why your sales are flopping and Samsung owns you. Facts are if you want to compete you need to give us what we want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004610823736 Idriss Dimson

    uh, wat u say

  • http://twitter.com/damomac85 Damien McCarthy

    Show me 32gb and I will show u the money

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612401611 Kelvin Lam

    gimme a 16gb but with a microSD card slot that supports up to 64gb….then take my monies!!