The introduction of the HTC 8S
and HTC 8X
is the Taiwan based manufacturer's "first wave of attack
" in the Windows Phone 8 market. Those are the words of the president of HTC China, Ren Weiguang, who says that HTC is working on Windows Phone 8 models carrying a larger screen
than the 4 inch and 4.3 inch displays on the new HTC 8S and HTC 8X respectively. The executive spoke in an interview with WPDang
and the topic was Windows Phone handsets past, present and future.
During the chat, Weiguang let it be known that sales of the first Windows Phone customized for the Chinese market, the HTC Triumph (same as the HTC Titan
), met expectations but the bar had been set low
. Still, the experience helped HTC prepare for Windows Phone 8. The executive said that it has always been HTC's intention to develop for both Android and Windows Phone. Before it produced the first Android model, HTC was known as a manufacturer of Windows Mobile handsets
and has plenty of history with the crew in Redmond.
Windows Phone 8 allows for three different screen resolutions and the larger screened model that Weiguang is alluding to is presumably the 4.7 inch quad-core HTC Zenith, a follow-up to the HTC Titan. Microsoft is not allowing Windows Phone 8 handset manufacturers to change processors, so the Taiwan based firm had to add accessory chips for their models to include Beats Audio technology. Microsoft is allowing HTC to differentiate its Windows Phone 8 models by design, screen size and color. HTC's president of China did say that it might make some colors exclusive to specific carriers.
It is interesting to note that the executive praised the closed system of Windows Phone 8, saying it offers a more healthy, albeit slower, ecological development than the open source Android system. This has led to apps working more consistently across different manufacturer's models unlike the Android experience which he characterized as having poor compatibility issues and app development.
(translated) via WMPoweruser