September’s been a pretty crazy month of announcements, and now HTC are trying to impress us with their showing in New York. New Windows Phone 8 devices are expected, although an updated One X is also rumoured. Whatever happens, we’ll bring you the latest news here!
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16:00 Let’s go.
16:04 Things are running a bit behind, but it’s safe to say that we will see at least the Accord/8X today, after this picture from PhoneArena.
16:05 Joe Belfiore, head of Windows Phone stuff at Microsoft, just tweeted this. If there was any doubt that WP8 would be the main focus today, this should end it.
I'm not in NY in person today ... but I'm sure there in spirit! Got my browser all fired up to follow along...go #HTC8!—
(@joebelfiore) September 19, 2012
16:10 While we wait for things to kick off, here’s another leaked pic.
16:13 Some have speculated that the dots and circles everywhere may be hinting at a new HTC logo, but here we can clearly see that it is just a Beats plug.
16:16 Peter Chou is on stage talking about Microsoft. Also embargoes have been lifted, unveiling the 4.3″ 720p polycarbonate 8X and the WVGA mid-range 8S.
16:18 The 8S is 4″ and has a dual-core S4 clocked at 1GHz.
16:19 Ballmer alert!
16:20 The 8X comes in 4 colours, has 1GB RAM, NFC, a 1.5GHz dual-core S4 and possibly the best screen ever in the shape of a 4.3″ 720p SLCD2.
16:23 Colours! Ballmer!
16:29 The design guy is going on about design being human.
16:33 The 8S feels ‘playful’. I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean.
16:35 The 8X has curved Gorilla Glass, similar to the Lumia 800. This is a good thing.
16:36 The 8X has the same camera unit as the One X, which is a good thing indeed. See some of our sample shots here.
16:39 They’ve both got Beats Audio, but that doesn’t really mean anything.
16:41 Now Jason MacKenzie, president of the company, is on stage talking about their deal with Microsoft.
16:42 “The 8X and 8S are THE signature phones of Windows Phone 8.”
16:44 And we’re done already! I’m off to grab more specific information on these things.