We have had numerous tips from all around Europe letting us know the GDR 2 update is rolling out to HTC 8X and HTC 8S handsets.
WindowsMania.pl had a good look around their device, and noticed besides the Microsoft GDR2 features HTC has also added the ability to clean temporary files, finally also addressing the “other storage” issue on HTC handsets.
So far we have heard the GDR2 update has hit HTC handsets in Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Poland and of course the Netherlands.
Has it hit any countries outside of Europe? Let us know below.
Australian women’s surf and swimwear giant Roxy is currently in hot water over a video teaser for their Pro Biarritz 2013 teaser, which shows some Microsoft mobile hardware in a rather private setting.
The video asks #WhoAmIJustGuess, and while many may guess five-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, I suspect too few would know the real answer – the HTC 8S Windows Phone 8 handset and Microsoft Surface.
While the teaser has been accused of lingering too long on sexy lines and curves, I think all will be forgiven if the viewers knew they could have their very own HTC 8S for only $229.95.
We have seen a few great Windows Phone 8 deals recently, but I think the HTC 8S may take the cake for the cheapest yet.
Telstra is offering the handset on Pay as You Go for only $129 Australian ($125 US). While the handset has the same basic specs as other devices in the price range (512 MB RAM, no front-facing camera, only 4 GB of storage) at this price it is cheap enough to buy for a teen or to keep in the glove box, making those issues much less relevant.
I don’t think we tend to think too much about the Nokia Lumia 820, and tend to lump all handsets which do not have HD screens into the same low-end bracket.
PCAdvisor has however reviewed the Nokia Lumia 820 vs the HTC 8S, and showed that there are distinct differences between the two handsets, which helps to demonstrate that, even if you do not get a HD screen, you still get what you pay for when it comes to a Windows Phone.
The HTC Windows Phone 8S is the first Windows Phone 8 handset to fit into the mid-range price category. As such it’s not quite the performer of the high-end Windows Phone 8 devices such as the bottom-of-the-high-end Lumia 820, but it’s not so poor as to make it a bad deal. It offers solid performance and features for a reasonable price. Whether you prefer it to a similarly priced Android phone will depend on your own subjective preference of platform.
The Lumia 820 is a smaller and cheaper version of the 920. It doesn’t pack the same punch as that high-end Windows Phone, especially in key areas such as the screen and camera. But we like the interchangeable covers and decent battery life. It’s a better phone than the HTC Windows Phone 8S, but it costs more – to buy outright, at least. In Windows Phones, you get what you pay for.
On Amazon the HTC 8S costs Â£219 while the Nokia Lumia 820 is Â£370. Do our readers think the Nokia Lumia 820 is worth the premium?
Mobitel, Sloveniaâ€™s largest carrier, has launched a full Windows Phone 8 range, and are currently offering the HTC 8S, Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920.
All the handsets are available for from 1 Euro on various 24 month contracts, with the Nokia Lumia 920 costing the most at 21 Euro per month (slightly cheaper than the SGSG 3) and the HTC 8S as low as 9 Euro per month.
It seems the age of affordable and even cheap Windows Phone 8 handsets is now really upon us.
Three UK has announced that they will be carrying the HTC 8S online and in all their stores.
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is available for Â£19 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan, which gives you all you can eat data and 5000 texts and 100 min talk time or for Â£17 a month with no upfront cost on the Essential Internet 100 plan, which offers 250 MB of data and the same voice and text bundle, both with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.
Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, "The 8S offers great all-round performance and coupled with our straightforward and affordable plans with no surprise-out of-bundle data charges, you’ll be able to enjoy the best experience on Three".
The device is also available on Pay As You Go for Â£179.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs Â£15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs Â£25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.