HTC Launches Compelling Windows Phone 8X

Whether or not Microsoft eventually launches its own smartphone, it will need strong partners to make a dent in the mobile market.

One such partner is HTC, who last month, launched its Windows Phone 8X – it represents the new breed of Windows Phone 8 powered phones ready to take on the likes of iPhone and Android-powered smartphones.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer waxed enthusiastic about the Phone 8X and lesser spec’d 8S:  “Pairing HTC’s beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies,” he said. “Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I’m thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level.”

Here are some photos of the HTC Windows Phone X.

The 8X has a dual core 1.5 GHz processor, 16 GB of storage, and two “amazing” cameras. On the back, the 8X has a backside-illuminated 8MP camera that shoots full 1080p video, and on the front it has a 2.1MP, 1080p capable camera with an 88-degree viewing angle.

While today’s Windows Phone 8 share of the smartphone market remains small at about 4%, it is intriguing to see whether the new OS will make gains in a brutal market. What do you think?