First Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OTA update headed to Windows Phone 8X by HTC

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Dec 112012
 

Windows Phone 8X by HTCMicrosoft has begun rolling out the first OTA update for Windows Phone 8. Headed to the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [product information], it includes a number of new features, including one that Windows Phone users have been waiting for for some time.

Probably the key new feature added is the ability to keep Wi-Fi active when the screen times out. Before this option, Wi-Fi would be disabled at the same time as the screen going off, switching over to a cellular connection or disconnecting if one was not available.

This Windows Phone 8 update also adds some new SMS features: The ability to create SMS drafts, a ‘select all’ option mass deletions, and the ability to reject calls with a text message.

The update process took about 30 minutes when performed by WPCentral. It took about 10 minutes to download the update and for the device to prepare itself. The update itself took another 10 minutes or so. Five more minutes were taken up by the data migration that wrapped up the process.

The update appears to be rolling out to the international version of the Windows Phone 8X for now. Hopefully the update will soon make its way over to North America (It has certainly not shown up on the 8X we are currently reviewing).

Read more: WPCentral and WPCentral

Windows Phone 8X by HTC coming to TELUS (Updated)

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Nov 182012
 

Windows Phone 8X by HTCBoth Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless already offer the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [product information]. TELUS will also offer the HTC Windows Phone 8 smartphone according to a tweet this weekend. Asked whether it would carry it, it responded:

Hello. We will be carrying it, unfortunately I don’t have a date. Keep an eye on http://www.telusmobility.com info.

It remains to be seen when it will launch and whether TELUS will offer the 8GB or 16GB models (or both) and in what colours.

Update: A TELUS email has now contradicted an earlier tweet that the carrier would offer the Windows Phone 8X by HTC.

“TELUS will not be carrying the HTC 8X. TELUS will however, be offering the HTC One X+ coming out this month. We work closely with our partners on a roadmap of devices that evolves on an ongoing basis and our commitment is to offer our clients the best selection of devices possible.”

If you’re looking for a Windows Phone 8 device from TELUS, your only choice so far is to wait for the Samsung ATIV S which is still listed as coming soon.

Read more: @TELUS [via Twitter] (Source: MobileSyrup)

Bell launches Windows Phone 8X by HTC

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Nov 152012
 

Windows Phone 8X by HTCBell today launched its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [specifications]. They are carrying the 16GB model only.

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC combines a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and blazing-fast speeds of up to 75 Mbps on Canada’s largest LTE network1, making your everyday tasks faster than ever.

Plus, it runs on the new Windows Phone 8 operating system, with Live Tiles that let you see everything that’s happening in your life with a single glance. It’s also equipped with Beats Audio to deliver authentic and rich sound, and it lets you view pictures and videos in vivid HD on a 4.3″ Super LCD screen.

Bell is offering the Windows Phone 8X by HTC for CA$49.95 with a three-year contract or CA$599.95 with no term.

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Rogers launches Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC

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Nov 132012
 

Rogers CommunicationsWhile Rogers may have launched a limited number of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones almost two weeks ago, it is today available on its website for anyone to order along with the 16GB Windows Phone 8X by HTC. The two are the first Windows Phone 8 devices the carrier has launched.

Rogers will also offer the 8GB Windows Phone 8X by HTC and the Samsung ATIV S (the former exclusively) but neither are available yet.

Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC are available for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract or CA$549.99 on a month-to-month term.

Read more: Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8X by HTC

Rogers to launch Windows Phone 8X by HTC and Nokia Lumia 920 on November 12th

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Nov 082012
 

Rogers CommunicationsWe finally have some Canadian launch dates for the Windows Phone 8X by HTC [specifications] and Nokia Lumia 920 [specifications] smartphones. Microsoft today announced via Facebook that both will be available from Rogers on November 12th.

Nokia 920 and HTC 8X launching Nov 12 with Rogers! Stay tuned for more announcements http://bit.ly/TxlCPp

Some lucky Canadians have already gotten their hands on the Nokia Lumia 920 as Rogers did make limited numbers available last week.

Rogers will also carry the Windows Phone 8-powered Samsung ATIV S but availability details have not been announced yet.

Rogers pricing for the Nokia Lumia starts at CA$99.99 with a three-year contract and runs up to CA$549.99 with no contract. Pricing for the Windows Phone 8X has not been announced yet.

Read more: Microsoft Canada [via Facebook]

Rogers announces Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup

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Oct 192012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers today announced its Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup for the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s new operating systems. Rogers had already announced some of these devices but others are new.

Across all Windows 8 devices, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform experience making it easier to switch between devices to easily access your best friend’s phone number from your tablet, grab your photos from last night’s party from your PC or quickly email your late assignment from your smartphone. Windows Phone 8 also includes great features such as multi-core processing, improved display resolutions, NFC, microSD storage expansion, and lenses for getting creative with your pictures.

Rogers will offer the following devices:

  • Nokia Lumia 920: Offered exclusively from Rogers in black
  • Samsung ATIV S
  • Windows Phone 8X by HTC: Available either as a Blue 16GB or exclusively as a Black 8GB model
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Available exclusively to Rogers customers

Rogers also announced a suite of exclusive applications for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. These include:

  • Rogers My Account on Windows 8 tablets: To manage your wireless account
  • Rogers Anyplace TV Live for Windows Phone 8 and Rogers Anyplace TV (on demand) for Windows 8 Tablets: Featuring live games, news and channels such as Citytv, CBC, Teletoon, and Family Channel
  • Rogers One Number for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Tablet

Rogers did not specify specific availability and pricing details but expect these details shortly as Windows 8 launches on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 on October 29th.

Rogers also announced it will be “the preferred Canadian wireless partner for the launch of Windows 8” thanks to its alliance with Microsoft.

Read more: Rogers

HTC One VX, HTC One X+, and Windows Phone 8X by HTC headed to AT&T

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Oct 032012
 

Shortly after HTC unveiled the HTC One X+, AT&T announced that it would be its exclusive U.S. carrier. It also announced that it would offer the HTC One VX, billed as “ideal for those looking for an affordable Android smartphone and a premium experience.” AT&T also confirmed that it will offer the Windows Phone 8X by HTC in November.

“We have a long tradition of offering the best of HTC’s world-class products,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices and Developer Services, AT&T. “A quad-core One X+, the awesome One VX and the exciting Windows Phone 8X by HTC mean that our customers will have the best selection of HTC smartphones this season.”

HTC One VXHTC One VX specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8930
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE, HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS, GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: GPS/A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.5-inch qHD (540×960) Super LCD 2
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture
  • Front-facing camera: VGA
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Battery: Non-removable 1,800mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 133.5 x 67.5 x 9.19 millimeters / 124.7 grams

The HTC One VX will be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but no timeline was given.

Specific availability and pricing details were not announced.

Read more: CNET

Nokia to sue HTC over Windows Phone 8X design?

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Sep 252012
 

NokiaThings could be about to get interesting in the Windows Phone 8 camp. Citing an “internal reliable source,” PC-Tablet is reporting that Nokia is getting ready to sue HTC over the design of its just announced Windows Phone 8X smartphone:

The reports are saying Nokia is preparing to get HTC 8X banned in various parts of the world from going on sale when it will launch in November. Nokia has said in reports that the front-face of HTC 8X looks identically same as of the Lumia 820 followed by side-curves of the phone body.

Nokia’s Windows Phone devices, including its upcoming Lumia 820, use a colourful array of polycarbonate shells. Rather than its usual assortment of more business friendly colours like grey and black, HTC adopted a similar approach for its Windows Phone 8 devices

Nokia’s EVP of Nokia Sales and Marketing, Chris Weber, took to Twitter the same day that HTC announced its Windows Phone 8 smartphones to comment on perceived similarities:

It takes more than matching color to match the innovation of the Lumia 920. #SwitchtoLumia

Will Microsoft let two of its biggest partners fight out in the courts? It’s more likely that it will try to sort this out behind closed doors to avoid a nasty public battle like the one between Apple and Samsung.

Read more: PC-Tablet

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]

Late 2012 Verizon smartphone roadmap leaked?

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Sep 212012
 

VerizonA leaked Verizon handset roadmap has allegedly revealed the smartphones, including a number of higher-end ones, that the carrier will introduce by the year.

First up will be the LG Spectrum II in early October. Essentially a rebranded version of the LG Optimus LTE II, it will come with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.7-inch display, and an 8MP camera. The oft-rumoured HTC DROID Incredible X (model ADR6435LVW also known as the HTC DIx) with its 5-inch display and LTE connectivity, looks set to follow in November. Sometime in the middle of Q4, you can also expect the Motorola DROID RAZR HD.

Windows Phone 8 will also be well represented. It looks like Verizon will offer the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung ATIV S. All look set for a November release.

It should come as no surprise that there are no BlackBerry devices in the lineup. Verizon does not expect to offer RIM’s first BlackBerry 10 earlier than Q1 2013.

Other smartphones expected include the Samsung Stratosphere 2 with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the Pantech Breakout. There could also be a few tablets including ZTE 7-inch and 10-models.

Read more: PhoneArena

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.