After the launch of next gen iPhone, the iPhone 5, which isn’t as appealing as it used to be, Windows Phone 8 devices seem pretty interesting now. The two devices worth noting are the HTC 8X and Nokia’s Lumia 920. Both the devices are highly anticipated, but the big question which still remains unanswered is the price tag with which these devices will retail yet.
The price of Nokia Lumia 920 leaked few days ago on Chinese trade sites, and the price roughly converted to $515. Of course, the information is from Chinese websites, so things may turn out to be very different and the information should be taken with a grain of salt.
After Lumia 920, now we have some leads on price tag of HTC 8X. HTC Windows Phone 8X has appeared on Expansys UK, a UK based electronics retailer. Apparently, Expansys UK is now accepting pre orders for the device at £399.99 which is equivalent to US $659. Even the mid-range HTC Windows Phone 8S is up for pre orders at £224.99 which is equivalent to $365. The prices are for the SIM free unlocked version of the device and not with carrier discounts.
HTC was in the news recently regarding the change in its strategy. The South Korean company will apparently stop overpricing its devices at the launch when compared to competitor’s products, and instead price the devices in such a way that they are modest, which will also enable them to market the product more aggressively. There’s no new device launched after change in the strategy, so HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S will be the first devices to be affected by this.
HTC 8X is a great device. Featuring a 4.3” display (720 x 1280 pixels and 342 ppi pixel density) and being just 0.39” thick, it sports a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz, though there’s no information on the brand or chipset being used. Coupled with 1 gig of RAM and 16 gig of ROM, the phone should be snappy. Though the specs may seem normal, what sets it apart from the crowd is the inclusion on an additional 2.55v amplifier which delivers strikingly loud output with no distortion. The amplifier was recently put to test, so do read HTC Windows Phone 8X audio amplifier demoed for more on that.
Nokia Lumia 920 has equally attractive specs. It features a bigger 4.5” IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 332 ppi. It features Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset with Dual-core 1.5GHz processor. The device has 32 gig of memory on board and 1 gig of RAM should ensure smooth interface. As an operating system, Windows Phone 8 manages all the available hardware power pretty nicely, unlike Android which sometimes tends to hang. Lumia 920 may not have an additional amplifier, but what it does have is a PureView camera. It’s not featuring the mammoth camera sensor from Nokia 808 PureView, but an 8 megapixel camera with PureView technology.
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Source: Expansys UK