NEW DELHI: HTC introduced its first smartphones powered by Microsoft's Windows on Wednesday with the aim to give stiff competition to key players such as Apple and Google. HTC and Microsoft previewed the 8X and 8S handsets in New York. These phones come with iconic design, studio-quality sound and high camera capabilities.
It was announced that HTC devices would be become available from November in over 150 carriers in minimum 50 nations.
Peter Chou, HTC's chief executive, said, “We've been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves. Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”
This news came two weeks after Nokia launched its smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8, Microsoft's upgraded mobile operating system that hopes to give strong competition to Apple's iOS used on the iPhone and also Google Android handsets.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive, said, “Pairing HTC's beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies. 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.”