Windows Phone is gaining momentum — at least when it comes to product announcements. HTC revealed its first Windows Phone 8 lineup with the new 8X Accord and 8S Rio, two colorful devices that will compete against Samsung and Nokia’s recently announced handsets in the Windows Phone space. The company officially introduced the 4.3-inch 8X and the 4-inch 8S at a New York City event on Wednesday, sharing the stage with Microsoft to detail its smartphones.
Though Nokia’s Lumia 920 has been hailed as one of the most exciting phones on the market, judging by my hands-on time with several different builds of HTC’s newest handsets, the 8X and 8S are the true Windows Phones to beat.
“You won’t see any phone out there over the last couple weeks or over the next few weeks that looks anything like this or feels anything like this,” said Scott Croyle, HTC’s vice president of design.
The 8X, also known as Accord, is the high-end device of the two. Powered by Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 processor, it features a 4.3-inch laminated super LCD 2 screen with HD 720p resolution (1280