Videotron launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Mar 062013
 
Windows Phone 8S by HTC

Windows Phone 8S by HTC

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is now available from Videotron.

Stand out from the crowd with the Windows® Phone 8S by HTC, thanks to its fun and original design! Its features are sure to charm you! A strong, long-lasting battery, an exclusive built-in amplifier for Beats Audio and an ultra-wide-angle front camera lens

Videotron is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for CA$14.95 on a “reduced price” plan and up to CA$349.95 with no contract.

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WIND Mobile launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Feb 152013
 

Windows Phone 8S by HTCWIND Mobile this week launched another Windows Phone device, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC. The smaller sibling to the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, it comes with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 4-inch WVGA (800×480) super LCD display and a 5MP camera.

“Everyone at WIND is very excited to be offering this Windows Phone 8 device to our customers.” said Mirko Rugarli, Chief Marketing Officer of WIND Mobile. “The 8S is a great smartphone that is perfect for those who want speed, accessibility and reliability. At WIND Mobile, we have always worked hard to bring our customers the very best selection of new handsets to match our truly unlimited plan offerings. Our real unlimited data plans are perfect to team with the 8S’s ‘Live Tiles’ feature to ensure our customers can stay on top of every update without having to worry about data overages and hidden fees.

WIND Mobile is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for free on WINDtab with their CA$40 plan, CA$99 on WINDtab with the CA$30 plan, CA$199 on WINDtab with the CA$20 plan or CA$299 outright.

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Bell launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Feb 012013
 

Windows Phone 8S by HTCBell’s Windows Phone 8 device lineup got a little bit bigger today with the launch of the Windows Phone 8S by HTC. It joins the already available Samsung ATIV S and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

This affordable superphone comes equipped with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and runs on the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Live Tiles allow you to fully customize your Start screen – and they let you see everything that’s happening in your life in a single glance. Plus, the HTC 8S comes equipped with Beats Audio™, delivering the most authentic audio experience available.

Bell is offering the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for free on a three-year contract or CA$279.95 contract-free.

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Virgin Mobile Canada launches Windows Phone 8S by HTC

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Dec 072012
 

Windows Phone 8S by HTCVirgin Mobile Canada today launched its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC [product information]. The smaller sibling to the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, it comes with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 4-inch WVGA (800×480) super LCD display. Virgin is offering it blue.

Virgin Mobile is offering the Windows Phone 8S for CA$79.99 on its Virgin Mobile SuperTab or with a three-year contract for for CA$279.99 on a month-to-month or prepaid basis. It is available through www.virginmobile.ca, Virgin Mobile retail stores and The Source.

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Windows Phone 8S by HTC not coming to U.S.

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Dec 012012
 

Windows Phone 8S by HTCHTC unveiled two Windows Phone 8 devices back in September, the flagship Windows Phone 8X [product information] and the Windows Phone 8S [product information]. While the former is now available from a number of carriers both in the U.S. and Canada, it’s been far quieter for the latter. In a statement to Engadget, HTC has now confirmed that it will not launch in the U.S.:

“The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is our signature Windows Phone available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. With our focus on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market.”

The Verge has learned that HTC’s original plans were somewhat different. The 8S was set to launch with T-Mobile USA as a budget handset. Its availability came into question as Microsoft focused on U.S. carrier testing the Qualcomm 8960 chipset found in the 8X (as well as the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820) over that of the 8S’s Qualcomm 8227 chipset. The delays appear to have forced HTC’s hand.

We have reached out to HTC to find out whether we will still see the Windows Phone 8S in Canada. Don’t hold your breath but you never know.

For those who still prefer the Windows Phone 8S to its more powerful sibling, it may still show up unlocked at some online retailers specializing in such devices.

Read more: Engadget and The Verge

Windows Phone 8X by HTC pricing revealed?

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Sep 252012
 

Windows Phone 8X by HTCHTC did not give us any hint as to the pricing of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC when it announced it last week. Fortunately, thanks to Amazon UK and Expansys UK now taking pre-orders, we have our first clues as to how much we will need to save up.

Amazon UK lists the Windows Phone 8X for £531.43. That translates to CA$846 (or US$863). Take the UK’s VAT and the amounts drop to about CA$700. It also shows a release date of November 8th.

Meanwhile, Expansys UK lists both the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Windows Phone 8S by HTC for £399.99 and £224.99 respectively. Removing VAT and converting gives us prices of CA$530 and CA$300. Expansys UK does not provide ETAs as to when either is expected to start shipping.

Carrier pricing (including Bell and Rogers in Canada and AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon in the U.S.) remains unknown for now. Could we see a CA$99.99 Windows Phone 8 by HTC when tied to a three-year contract?

Read more: Amazon UK, Expansys UK [Windows Phone 8X by HTC], and Expansys UK [Windows Phone 8S by HTC]

Canadian availability for Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S

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Sep 192012
 

HTC 8XHTC today announced its Windows Phone 8 lineup consisting of the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S.

Immediately after the announcement, Rogers announced that it will carry the Windows Phone 8X starting in November. It will carry both the 8GB and 16 GB models with the 8GB model being an exclusive. Pricing information was not announced.

Update: According to the Globe and Mail, Bell will also carry HTC’s new Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

We’ll update this post as we hear from other Canadian carriers.

HTC announces Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S

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Sep 192012
 

As widely expected, HTC today unveiled two new Windows Phone devices, the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S. Described as “hero products” by CEO Peter Chou, they are the result of close cooperation between HTC and Microsoft.

HTC 8XWindows Phone 8X by HTC specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 8
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA/WCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, NFC
  • Display: 4.3-inch 720p HD super LCD 2 with Gorilla Glass 2
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 or 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with f/2.0 aperture, BSI, LED flash, and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.1MP with f/2.0 aperture, BSI, and 1080p video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • Battery: 1,800mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 millimeters / 130 grams
  • Colours: California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow
  • Other: Beats Audio with exclusive built-in amp

HTC 8SWindows Phone 8S by HTC specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Operating system: Windows Phone 8
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA/WCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA (800×480) super LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP AF with f/2.8 aperture, LED flash and 720p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Connectors: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Battery: 1,700mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 120.5 x 63 x 10.28 millimeters / 113 grams
  • Colours: Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue, and High-Rise Gray
  • Other: Beats Audio

Both the Windows Phone 8X and 8S will launch in November with 150 operators in over 50 countries. The Windows Phone 8X by HTC will be carried by AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon. Rogers has also confirmed that it will carry it in both 8GB and 16GB configurations. Pricing was not announced.