China Unicom and HTC have just announced the immediate availability of Windows Phone 8X and 8S smartphones in the Mainland.GSMInsider reports that HTC 8X can be purchased for 4,000 yuan outright, which is about $640/€490. The 8S is much cheaper and can be had for only 2,400 yuan off contract ($385/€295).
HTC 8X and 8S are the first Windows Phone 8 handsets that will be available for purchase in China.
Nokia Lumia 920 is also expected to land in the Mainland at China Mobile on December 16, though the release date has yet to be confirmed by the carrier.
Even though HTC’s smartphones cannot compete with Nokia’s flagship smartphone in term of hardware, we expect Windows Phone fans to be equally content with what they have to offer.
Both smartphones are powered by dual-core processors, but the 8X is equipped with a 1.5 GHz CPU, whereas the 8S packs a 1GHz processor.
Furthermore, HTC 8X sports a vibrant 4.3-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution, and features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating.
The 8S has a slightly smaller 4-inch Super LCD display that supports the same resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass coating.
On the inside, the HTC 8X packs 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM, while the 8S comes with only 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. However, the latter also enables users to further expand storage up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
It is also worth mentioning that the 8X boasts an impressive 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, which features autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, while the 8S sports a slightly lower 5-megapixel main camera with HD (720p) video recording.
HTC 8X and 8S offer Beats Audio sound enhancement, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP support, as well as NFC (Near Field Communications) technology.