Rudolph also talks about the two new HTC smartphones over on the blog, including the new audio features on the two handsets such as Beats audio:
Both the Windows Phone 8X and 8S have Beats Audio, too, so your music is clear and crisp, with high trebles, clear vocals, and deep bass. The 8X also has two dedicated amplifiers (one for the headphone jack and one for the speaker) to make playback even more awesome. Audio is kind of hard to explain in words, so here’s what I’d recommend--when the Windows Phone 8X hits the shelves, try listening to the same track on your current phone and headphones, then listen to the same track on the 8X with Beats headphones. The difference is staggering.
Once more there's reference to the collaboration between HTC and Microsoft throughout the design process:
The Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC are the result of months of collaboration between Microsoft and HTC, and the result is really impressive.
HTC have joined Nokia and Samsung in bringing some fantastic design and style to their Windows Phone 8 handsets. Now we wait to see if Windows Phone 8 itself will measure up - we're pretty sure it will, but we'll know for sure in the next few weeks.