Windows Phone 8 has been doing great, and far better than Windows Phone 7. The sales figures of Lumia 920 has been quite high, thanks to the reasonable asking price by AT&T on 2 year contract, one can get hands on a Windows Phone 8 device without shelling out a lot of money.
Lumia 920 and 820 are apparently AT&T’s exclusive models. Nokia isn’t the only company in the Windows Phone 8 game. We have HTC with their 8X phone, which has a pretty good design. HTC also has another Windows Phone 8 device called 8S with support for removable microSD cards and is slightly placed lower than 8X, but for some reason the company hasn’t launched the device in US yet. Anyways, HTC 8X has been selling extremely strong in USA, and one of the main reasons is attractive price.
Though DIgitimes’ sources say that HTC 8X has been “extremely strong in the US”, the device has not been topping charts on carriers in the US, but it should be noted that this device is the only Windows Phone which is on sale on 3 of the 4 big carriers, which means that this device can alone cover much more market than Lumia 920 or 820 can do alone. Nokia has other variants of Windows Phone 8 for other carriers. The handset’s main feature would be its slim-line design and excellent Super-LCD 2 screen with very high DPI.
If you are in Canada and craving for a Windows Phone 8 device, HTC 8X is a good option to go for, and the good news is that you can have the device for yourself if you have a penny lying around. Yep, you read that right. Canadian carrier, Rogers, is now offering the 8 GB HTC 8X for just $0.01 on contract, which is really a good price for a dual-core smartphone with an HD screen. Since the device doesn’t have microSD card slot, 8 GB can be a limiting factor for most of us, and in that case you can go for the 16 GB variant instead, but you will have to shell out $29.99 for that, which is a good investment in the long run in my opinion.
Of course good things always come with a catch, and in this case you will have to sign a three year contract, and that’s the standard length you sign up for in Canada. If you are good with the contract, you can get the HTC 8X which sports a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960). Coupled with 1 gig RAM, you can expect the phone to be snappy. Yes, most of the high end smartphones are coming with 2 gig of RAM these days, and it is fast becoming a standard, but Windows Phone 8 is not that RAM hungry and 1 gig should be just sufficient enough. It is equipped with a 4.3” display (720 x 1280 pixels) that at 342 ppi has an extremely high pixel density. Would you buy the 8X?