Two brand new Windows Phones have been launched officially today by Microsoft in New York, the Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S.

For over a year now, Windows have said to have a phone that would compete with the likes of the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy – but it didn’t quite work out that way, with the Windows Phone Mango. That said, it was a nice phone, but still nothing compared to the two phones they have just released today that are set to truly challenge the competition.


When having the first hands on with the new Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8X one thing is very apparent; the use of bright colours. Not exactly something new from Microsoft, but instead of shying away it seems to be getting even brighter. Pick and choose from a wide variety of colours – bright yellow, blue, red  – All but green to go with the colours Microsoft is so famous for. There’s also the choice of plain black if that is the look you prefer.

The one problem people might associate the use of bright colours with is the device coming off a bit cheap-looking. However, the HTC Windows Phone 6X, which is Windows flagship phone model, contains hardly any bezel at all around the glass screen giving the HTC Windows Phone a really classy look overall.

Looking similar but slightly more rounded than the Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC Windows Phone 8X can be described as a bit subtler.

Specs are really impressive for the 8X model too- with a 4.3 inch 720p HD display with a super LCD 2 the phone is said to be even sharper than the new iPhone’s retina display.

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is a simpler more affordable version of the 8X which generally just involves much of the same but less specs for components. In saying that, it is still a very solid performer, especially for its class.

The 8S is very similar to the 8X – made from the same materials and bolstering a similar look. The only difference is it’s a little smaller and a little thinner which actually sounds more impressive than the 8X. The only other noticeable differences in appearance is the position of the speaker phone now being up the top on the back rather than down the bottom. The other difference is that it possesses a 4-inch screen equivalent to the iPhone 5 instead of a 4.3 inch that rivals the Samsung Galaxy S3. Which mind you, many felt was too big of a screen.

Whilst the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the HTC Windows Phone 8S have now been launched it’s important to remember that doesn’t mean they have already launched in stores. Both phones aren’t expected to be in stores until November this year, which should give buyers plenty of time to research and check out which one they prefer.