HTC’s low end Windows Phone 8 device HTC 8S is now available for just £149.95 down from its original price of £219.95 from Phones4U. HTC 8S can be bought with various operators like Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Virgin.
HTC 8S comes with the below specs,
- 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus
- 4-inch touch screen with WVGA
- Gorilla Glass Display
- Beats Audio™
- Qualcomm S4 1 GHz dual-core processor
- MicroSD Card Slot
We have heard rumours that the itself rumoured high end HTC Windows Phone, the HTC Zenith, has been cancelled, and the leaked specs of the rumoured HTC Tiara, due later this year, with its WVGA screen and 8GB of storage, are also not very inspiring.
With all these rumours we do have one fact â€“ HTC is not planning to launch a high end Windows Phone handset this year.
Speaking to omio, Phil Roberson, head of HTC UK and Ireland, said there will be only the HTC One.
â€œLast year we had the X and the S, where people had different personal preferences between the two. We just said, letâ€™s just create one flagship device for this year,â€ he said.
When asked â€œSo, there wonâ€™t be any more HTC somethingâ€™s this year?â€
Roberson replied â€“ â€œNo; this is The Oneâ€.
HTC has already intimated that Windows Phone will not support the camera innovations in the HTC One, and that their Windows Phone sales have not met their expectations.
With the HTC Tiara already leaked, the news in some ways does make it easier for future Windows Phone buyers, making it clear if you want a new high-end Windows Phone there will be no point looking beyond Nokia.
Speaking to CNET Asia, HTCâ€™s Vice President of Global Planning made it clear the company would continue to support Windows Phone, but that they are not too happy with the OS.
"We are actually fully committed to our Windows Phone business. We do have good collaboration with Microsoft for a future release this year," said Tai Ito, HTC’s vice president for Global Product Planning.
"I understand that Windows Phone 8 is not as good as the market expected, we think that it could take time and we will continue working with them."
He added that there are likely no plans for a larger-screen Windows Phone handset (like the HTC Titan) for now, saying that while the company "wishes to have bigger displays", it needs to find the right way for consumers based on "real human data".
Ito further said that we likely won’t see design elements from the HTC One on upcoming Windows Phone devices, saying that the company is taking a "family approach to separation". HTC has already said features like their new â€œultrapixel cameraâ€ will not be coming to their Windows Phone handsets.
Its hard not to see why the company would be disappointed by their WP8 sales results â€“ while their current generation of Windows Phones are attractive, they have been marginalized by Nokiaâ€™s offerings, meaning HTC gets a very small cut of an already small pie. Somehow I am not expecting too much from HTC for the next wave of handsets in Fall 2013.
The HTC One has some pretty sweet specs, ranging from a Full HD screen to a camera with optical image stabilization, but Nokia has not been intimidated by the latest greatest Android handset, tweeting the above picture.
With Nokia claiming the Lumia 920 is still the â€œOne phone to rule them allâ€, do our readers agree? Let us know below.
Thanks Kashyap for the tip.
|HTC J Butterfly back||HTC 8X back|
The placement of the modelâ€™s finders unfortunately cover the main distinguishing feature between the two handsets, but it is of note that the headphone socket is more prominent on the HTC 8X than the J Butterfly. That HTC logo on the back is also much larger and closer in appearance to the HTC 8X than the J Butterfly.
Do our readers believe HTC? Let us know below.
Thanks Arun for the tip.
HTC tweeted the above picture, depicting what appears to be a white HTC 8x.Â The handset is currently only available in Black, Blue and Yellow, making it the first appearance of this colour in the wild.
It is not known if this colour will be released to market or not, but I think our readers will agree it is rather fetching.
In an official blog post about a brief history of photography, HTC has mocked the high megapixel count of Nokia 808 PureView device. Nokia 808 PureView comes with a 41MP camera which takes incredibly detailed and sharp photos. According to HTC, megapixel count doesn’t matter and they have quoted a reviewer’s comments on 808 PureView device as “won’t help you at all”. Following it, they have teased us that they will be revealing some new device with New Sound And Camera Experience.
According the various reports, HTC will reveal their new flagship Android device M7 with 4.7-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, and a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. According to Pocket-lint, HTC M7 camera will feature Ultrapixels.
HTC is to use a new camera sensor on its much-rumoured HTC M7 smartphone, Pocket-lint can confirm, which will use what the company calls Ultrapixels.
The new camera will instead be made up of three 4.3-megapixel sensor layers combined to give a resulting single image. Three lots of 4.3 may add up to around 13-megapixels, but images from HTC’s latest won’t be output at that larger size.
The technique, similar to that used by Sigma in the Foveon X3 sensor, means that three lots of data can represent one final pixel. All that extra data can be intelligently “combined” to generate a crisper, cleaner image and – in the case of the Foveon sensor – better colour accuracy.
The technique is also close to the way Nokia can handle image data with the camera in the 808 PureView, or Fujifilm’s EXR system in its compact cameras – but both companies opt for a more conventional sensor structure and use surrounding pixels to render one equivalent in a final image rather than the multiple-layered structure HTC is said to have opted for.
Can HTC trump Nokia in camera department?
Besides the usual the handset is equipped with NFC, which raises hope that it will be more than a low-end model (the HTC 8S does not have NFC).
Despite that the handset is still pretty small, at 5.5 cm wide and 10.9 cm tall (the HTC 8X is 13.2 cm tall and 6.6 cm wide) suggesting a rather small device.
How would our readers feel about a really small, high end phone? Let us know below.
Update: As our commenters pointed out, the diagram does not in fact, despite appearances, reveal the dimensions of the handset, but only that it is in fact bigger that 5.5 cm, and will probably be a normal size Windows Phone
Windows Phone 8X running Windows Phone 8 device is now available starting $29.99 on contract in US.
Fry retail store is offering the HTC 8X for $49 with a new two-year contract. You can buy the device for $549 without contract too. The offer will be available through Jan-17th.
Windows Phone 8X by HTC with 4G LTE for Verizon Wireless is now available for just $29.99 from Dell on 2 year contract.
California Blue and Flame Red versions of Verizon HTC 8X are both available at LetsTalk for just $53.99 after coupon code TALK4TEN.
Windows Phone grew more than 400% in UK in 2012: Retailers report strong reaction to new WP8 handsets, better than expected sales
UK retailers are reporting that British consumers are reacting strongly to new Windows Phone handsets.
MobileToday.co.uk notes that sales of the new generation of Windows Phones were higher than the last and that retailers and operators alike report a better than anticipated start to sales of Microsoftâ€™s latest phone operating system from both HTC and Nokia.
The improved sales has been to the degree that companies like HTC and Nokia have been reporting shortages of their new Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
Phil Roberson, HTC UK and Ireland executive director, said: â€˜We did have some stock shortages early on. We were seeing that demand was exceeding supply. As we go into the New Year, I am optimistic we will be able to start to meet all the demand. We are really pleased about how Windows Phone is going and we have high hopes for it in 2013.â€™
Nokia’s shortage woes have been well documented and a spokesman told Mobiletoday it was â€˜happyâ€™ with the Lumia portfolioâ€™s performance.
MobileToday attributes the improved sales to improved marketing, with a campaign worth about Â£25m running in the UK. Microsoft is expected to launch a fresh advertising campaign this spring as it looks to build further momentum.
A major reason for the shortages have however been OEMs managing their inventory very cautiously.
Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC said: â€˜Itâ€™s no surprise demand is high, but you need to be careful in reading the numbers. Itâ€™s not as if HTC or Nokia is bringing Samsung or Apple levels of devices to market. Itâ€™s extremely important not to overproduce. Itâ€™s much better to manage higher demand than leave too many unsold handsets in a warehouse. That would not generate confidence among operators. Even if they sacrifice some sales itâ€™s much better because operators will show confidence in the OS.â€™
He added that confidence in the operating system will actually be bolstered by HTC running low on stock.
While he did not expect it to happen this year, he still expected Windows Phone to overtake iOS by 2016, second only to Android.
Jeronimo said: â€˜The fourth quarter was extremely important and gave consumers the opportunity to see devices at point of sale and try them out. Microsoft is investing a lot of money to promote it and generate knowledge about the platform, but we are expecting a slow growth in the platform this year.â€™
While the IDC predicted slow growth it is interesting that Statcounter data actually pegs Windows Phone as the fastest growing OS in UK in 2012, by a long margin.
|iOS||BlackBerry OS||Android||Windows Phone||SymbianOS|
|W 2 2013||44.37||21.4||28.6||3.24||0.52|
Over the year Windows Phone added more than 400% to their installed base, and currently has more than 3% of the online mobile users in the country. iOS only managed to garner 7% YoY growth, while Blackberry lost 34% of their usage and Android gained 36%.
If Windows Phone can only manage to hit half of that growth, or 200%, in 2013, it should grow to around 10% of UK users and much larger retail market share. Pretty good for the OS some ex-Nokians claim no-one wants…
Thanks Arun for the tip.
I think when we heard Sprint was bringing two Windows Phones to their network this summer we expected possibly an HTC 8X and a Samsung ATIV Odyssey. Now however in an interview with PCMag Sprint confirmed that they will be offering all new HTC and Samsung handsets this summer.
"They’ll be current," Sprint’s director of device delivery Ryan Sullivan said. "We’re working for current product launches, and not necessarily to launch on six-month-old hardware."
"We’re trying to work with Microsoft to make sure what we deliver is very high quality," he said. "The platform integration and the services that we want to bring aren’t the only things we want to make fresh."
"Microsoft has really started to drive that three-screen paradigm," Sullivan said. "I think that’s why they’re going to do better this time. As the carrier ecosystem begins to build, and they reach all the tier 1s, I think they’ll start to build momentum," he said.
He would not say exactly when the new phones will appear, but said:
"A lot of carriers and manufacturers are reserving their major smartphone launches for standalone events, and MWC (in February) has become a very popular show for making major announcements."
Do our readers think we will see genuinely new Windows Phones this summer, or simply variants like the Nokia Lumia 810? Let us know below.
While we are seeing some reports blaming HTCâ€™s poor Q4 2012, which saw its lowest profit for 8 years, on the company diverting its attention to two Windows Phone handsets, BGR thinks the two devices may have been responsible for pulling the company out of its slump in December.
They observed that its October was atrocious, with a 61% YoY decline, and this improved in November with a 31% YoY decline in revenue, and that revenue in November actually increased 23% from October to November.
December saw saw further improvement, with sales only dropping 18% YoY, and increasing 1.6% from November â€“ something which is actually very unusual as carriers normally reduce orders in December due to the traditional post-holiday slump.
December 2012 marked the first time HTC actually increased sales from the previous month. That is why the annualized sales decline rate has now corrected smartly from -61% pace to -18% inÂ just two months.
So yes, Q4 sucked as a quarter. But the monthly numbers now reflect exceptional improvement during the period. This is most likely due to decent demand for the Windows Phone 8X, HTCâ€™s high-end Windows Phone, and strong European demand for the Windows Phone 8S.
HTC may still be stumbling in the Android market, but its new Windows Phones seem to have stopped its revenue collapse and may actually lead to year-on-year sales growth by February.
Of course HTC did release one Android handset, the HTC J Butterfly and Droid DNA, so we ourselves will not jump to the conclusion BGR did, but it does lend some support to the report that HTC 8X sales were â€œextremely strong in the USâ€.
Thanks Arun for the tip, graph via Unwiredview.com
Press Release:Â Sprint (NYSE:S) today joined with Microsoft to announce the upcoming availability of Windows Phone 8 smartphones on the Sprint nationwide network. Sprint will bring two initial handsets to customers by summer â€“ one each from Samsung and HTC.
Sprint is the only national carrier with Truly Unlimited? 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages. Sprint will bring the unlimited data experience to Windows Phone 8 with Sprintâ€™s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM including unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month. This is a savings of $20 per month versus Verizonâ€™s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).
Nokia sells more than 70% of Windows Phone 8 handsets, but HTC 8X does benefit from being on more carriers
Adduplex have released some data to Paul Thurrott which indicates that Nokiaâ€™s dominance of Windows Phone has continued into the Windows Phone 8 generation, with Nokia selling nearly 80% of Windows Phone 8 handsets worldwide.
The data also shows a hunger for high-end handsets, with 3 times more Nokia Lumia 920 handsets being sold as Nokia Lumia 820s. The HTC 8S does not even chart.
In USA the Nokia Lumia 920 also dominates on AT&T, with 71% of Windows Phones sold there being 920s. The HTC 8X is the choice of only 18% of buyers, while the Nokia Lumia 820 is being purchased by only 11%.
Overall in the US however it seems with the wider distribution of Windows Phones on Verizon also, AT&Tâ€™s portion of the handsets have reduced, with the Nokia Lumia 920 now only 43% of Windows Phone 8 handsets, while 46% of Windows Phone 8 handsets being sold on Verizon and T-Mobile combined.
The HTC 8X managed to make up ground by being on the other carriers in US selling 50% more on T-Mobile and Verizon than it did on AT&T by itself, suggesting Nokia could have sold nearly 2.5 times as many Nokia Lumia 920 handsets if it was available on all carriers.
Overall Windows Phone 8 handsets are now 20% of all Windows Phones, up from 5% month ago, suggesting they have enjoyed pretty good sales.
We expect to have the full set of data tomorrow to look at all the nuances, but it remains pretty clear than Windows Phone 8 is Nokia game to lose at this minute.
With the introduction of the HTC 8X and 8S as “Signature Windows Phones” we are back to caring about the company’s performance and outlook, and the message unfortunately is not rosy.
One of our 2013Â predictionsÂ was that HTC would become loss-making in Q2 2013, and the company certainly seems Â to be heading that way.
HTC only generatedÂ NT$1 billion ($34 million) in profit in Q4 2012, despite the introduction of the HTC 8X and HTC 8S and the HTC J Butterfly Android handset in Japan. Â These devices were however only released mid-quarter, and may have not had enough time to make an impact on their financials.
The profit is down from an alreadyÂ meagreÂ $133 million in Q3 2012 and close to 10% of their $322 million Q4 2011 earnings.
HTC’s problems are symptomatic of the whole industry’s malaise, with only Samsung and Apple doing really well. Â HTC CEO Peter Chou said they would combat the issue with increased marketing and more innovative products.
At this stage it is unclear if HTC’s troubles will increase or decrease their commitment to their Windows Phone products, which are said to be having a good uptake in USA, but are widely seen as playing second fiddle to Nokia’s Windows Phones, with less than a quarter of the Windows Phone market share.