With the launch of highly expected devices – Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Apple iPhone 5 based on latest incarnations of the two rival platforms - Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and iOS 6, the Windows Phone 8 is the only one which is left over.
Though handset manufacturers including Samsung, Nokia and HTC have already unveiled their products based on the upcoming Microsoft mobile platform, these handsets will be released only after the official debut of the OS, which slated to happen late October.
However, the fortunate consumers in UK can pre-order the HTC's flagship smartphones – 8X and 8S, which were unwrapped at the special media event on September 19 are available for pre-order on the Expansys website.
When it comes to the pricing of these handsets, HTC 8X is available for £399 (approx. Rs 34,500) and HTC 8S is available for pre-order at £224 (approx. Rs 19,500).
However, Expansys does not mention any specific shipping dates on the pre-order listings of both the smartphones.
As far as the specifications are concerned, 8X includes a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, 16GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 32GB, 1,800 mAh Li-Po battery, Beats Audio integration, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features.
When it comes to the 8S, the handset has a 4 inch Super LCD display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, micro SD card slot for expandable memory support, 1,700 mAh Li-Po battery, Beats Audio integration, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features.