HTC are releasing two new Windows 8 smartphones.

The devices — the Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S — have Super LCD 2 displays coated with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass.

The phones look very similar to Nokia’s new Lumia’s 820 and 920 Windows Phone 8 models.

The HTC 8X has a 4.3-inch screen while the 8S has a four-inch screen.

Both phones include an ultra-wide camera lens, with an eight-megapixel sensor in the rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The cameras also support full 1080p HD video capture.

To round out the features, the phones include Beats audio, for better sound quality.

Speaking at the unveiling event in New York, Steve Ballmer said “Today’s a significant milestone for HTC and Microsoft,”. he called the two new phones Microsoft’s and HTC’s “biggest endeavor yet.”

HTC’s CEO Peter Chou spoke as well, saying “Windows Phone is an important part of HTC’s heritage. We have more experience making Windows phones than anyone else, and we’ve sold more Windows phones than anyone else.”

The phones are expected to launch in November, though pricing is still unknown.

The phones will be available across 150 mobile operators in 50 countries.

In the U.S., they’ll be available through T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Both the 8X and 8S are available in a variety of colors, including blue, black, flame red and bright yellow.

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  • Handa

    Must admit, this is a really beautiful phone!

    I was almost certain that I would get a Lumia 920. But this looks promising aswell. Beats audio is a really big plus for me. Has anyone tried it on a phone?

  • 123321

    really really nice phones. i love the blue color of the 8X and 8S… but still nokia wins with theirs lumia 920 over the 8X and with the 820 over the 8S.
    my personal best designed smartphone ever would be a nokia lumia 920 with the blue polycarbonat of the 8X/8S by htc… that will never happen i know….maybe cyan someday but not that cool blue… what a pity

  • Ade

    These two HTC’s do look really quite nice. Personally like the black one. They look kinda solid and dependable.