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New phones come with the added perk of being safe from lawsuits

In the midst of Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) efforts to kill its biggest rival -- Android phonemaker Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) -- the plight of second-place Android phonemaker HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) has increasingly been overlooked.  HTC recently missed earnings targets due to an inexplicable ban on imports, which lasted a month despite HTC removing the infringing feature (the "rubber-band" animation, which mimics a naturally occurring phenomena Apple has patented animation rights to).

The experience likely made HTC a bit wary of the good times that once rolled with partner Google Inc. (GOOG).  Hence, much like Samsung, this time around it appears much more serious when it comes to putting product on "the other" smartphone platform -- Windows Phone -- which is protected under Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) cross-licensing pact with Apple.

As anticipated, HTC unveiled two new Windows Phone 8 handsets today -- the Windows Phone 8X and 8S.  The phones serve as more colorful cousins to the HTC One X and One S, the company's flagship Android smartphones.

The 8X features a fully colored polycarbonate case.  It can be had in California Blue (pictured), Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow (don't ask us what those colors mean, precisely):
HTC Windows Phone 8X
The HTC Windows Phone 8X

The 8S has a more subtle colored accent that wraps the bottom edge of the phone and appears in the button area.  That phone is available with "Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Gray" colors.  The Atlantic Blue is seen below:

HTC Windows Phone 8S
The HTC Windows Phone 8S

The coloring flourishes bear a not-so-subtle similarity to Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) distinctive Lumia 900 colored body design.  Still, the shape of the body is classic HTC design and is similar to the Android analogues.

Likewise there are many similarities to be found on the hardware front.

The 8X features a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD 2 display, Gorilla Glass 2 protective coating, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB DRAM, 16GB internal NAND Flash, and a 1,800 mAh Li-ion battery.  On the connectivity side the phone has NFC, WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSPA/WCDMA (850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz) (HPSA+), and LTE.  An 8 megapixel camera is onboard in the back, with flash, while the front packs a 2.1 megapixel camera for chatting.

The 8S features a smaller 4-inch screen with first generation Gorilla Glass.  It features a slower dual-core Snapdragon S4 (1 GHz), less DRAM (512 MB), and less internal storage (4 GB).  NFC and LTE are also not mentioned, so it's probably those features are dropped.  The camera is dropped to 5 megapixels, while the front camera is eliminated altogether.  Clearly the 8S is the "budget" model.

Both phones do add a couple nice differentiators, though -- a Beats Audio built-in amplifier to produce better sound quality out the headphones port, and an ImageChip processor, which features the same unique continuous-shooting that's depicted in the company's humorous "mountain goat" commercial:

The phones are expected to ship in the early November, but the pricing and precise carrier availability has not been revealed.  HTC would only say that the phones are expected to be available on 150 carriers worldwide (while declining to discuss specific U.S. carriers, for now).

Sources: HTC [Yahoo Press Release], Engadget [Pictures: 1], [2]

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By spamreader1 on 9/19/2012 3:16:02 PM , Rating: 2
How "Metro" looking.

RE: Hmmm
By Reclaimer77 on 9/19/12, Rating: -1
RE: Hmmm
By themaster08 on 9/19/2012 3:42:27 PM , Rating: 5
Funny, I feel the same about the design of the iPhone.

RE: Hmmm
By Reclaimer77 on 9/19/2012 3:48:39 PM , Rating: 2
Oh well they are the KING of that, no doubt.

RE: Hmmm
By Samus on 9/19/2012 4:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
All my gay friends have an iPhone, mostly for that exclusive gay radar app, but I'm sure the style has a lot to do with it, too. Ironically many of them recently switched from WinMo phones, NOT Android phones.

RE: Hmmm
By matt0401 on 9/20/2012 8:49:32 AM , Rating: 2
Gay Android user here. They have the app for Android and BB too... Never been an iOS exclusive.

RE: Hmmm
By Kyuu on 9/19/2012 3:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, so what exactly makes a phone "masculine" and "heterosexual"? Is it the fact that they actually have colors besides black and silver that offends you? I don't get it.

RE: Hmmm
By Reclaimer77 on 9/19/2012 4:02:41 PM , Rating: 1

RE: Hmmm
By Kyuu on 9/19/2012 8:14:50 PM , Rating: 3
So... you're trolling. Okay, good to know.

RE: Hmmm
By slunkius on 9/21/2012 7:36:33 AM , Rating: 2
oh noes, i may get incriminated in homophobia, better play it as a joke"

RE: Hmmm
By zephyrprime on 9/19/2012 4:15:03 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Hmmm
By jeffkro on 9/21/2012 12:48:50 AM , Rating: 2
Blue is a masculine color, you guys aren't making any sense.

RE: Hmmm
By Flunk on 9/19/2012 3:57:53 PM , Rating: 2
Really, I liked it and I'm neither of those.

It does also come in black.

RE: Hmmm
By troysavary on 9/19/2012 5:47:28 PM , Rating: 2
The shape is the same as HTC's Android phones. I guess that makes Reclaimer77 a homo.

RE: Hmmm
By freedom4556 on 9/19/2012 5:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
I remember thinking the same thing about the default theme in Windows 8 Release Preview. Now, granted, the default user icon in Windows 7 is a flower, but the only built-in theme for Win 8 RP was a slideshow of flowers. How gay is that? I also didn't like the bird-and-plant look on the Windows 7 login screen, but whatever. What happened to my architecture and landscapes? Or how about space? Couldn't go with anything unisex, no, it had to be fruity flowers.

RE: Hmmm
By tjcinnamon on 9/20/2012 11:33:21 AM , Rating: 1
Basically. Why does every new Windows Phone I see appear to be styled in a way that only women and homo's would want one?

All of my speculation that you were a neo-con bigot has just been completely validated. I've made the claim before and you've refuted it due to my "liberalism" looking to claim all neo-cons are bigots. Well in your case sir, I was correct.

In ya' face!

RE: Hmmm
By semiconshawn on 9/21/2012 1:27:45 AM , Rating: 1
Because you are gay. The rest of us who are secure in our masculinity just see them as colorful.

RE: Hmmm
By semiconshawn on 9/21/2012 1:30:45 AM , Rating: 2
The word gay is an auto down rate on this forum?

RE: Hmmm
By Manch on 9/21/2012 11:26:21 AM , Rating: 2's you...

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