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 on October 29.
A few days back, UK pricing of the HTC's new flagship smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 – 8X and 8S were revealed as the two handsets were available on pre-order on the Expansys website for £399 (approx. Rs 34,500) and £224(approx. Rs 19,500) respectively.
As per a recent GSMArena report, an anonymous source at Three, UK's fastest growing mobile network has revealed that the device will be offered on a range of contracts including 'Essential Internet' options and the network's unlimited data plan – 'One Plan' with prices starting from £29 (approx. Rs 2,400) on a £30 (approx. Rs 2,500) per month for a two year deal.
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.
Talking about the release dates, numerous reports from various sources suggest that the handset will be available by the second week of November.