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HTC 8X Windows Phone headed to AT&T

HTC 8X to AT&T

We reported earlier that the HTC 8X Windows Phone was headed to Rogers Canada. You can now add AT&T to the list of wireless carriers who will be offering the new HTC Windows Phone.

In a short and to the point press release AT&T has confirmed plans to carry the 8X with the coming months.  AT&T did not release any information on pricing.

If everything holds true and the Nokia Lumia 920 lands on AT&T's shelves, AT&T customers may have a hard time deciding on their next Windows Phone.

Source: AT&T

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HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phones both heading to Three UK

HTC 8X 8S

HTC 8X and 8S both on their way to UK shores

Three UK has announced on their official blog plans to stock both HTC Windows Phones that were announced today at the manufacturer's event in New York. The HTC 8X and 8S are HTC's entries for Apollo to match Nokia's new Lumia line and the Samsung ATIV S.

Unfortunately no details have been supplied surrounding availability or pricing, but if we're to follow how AT&T will be setting bars, we wont be looking at a loan or possibility of a remortgage. EE (Everything Everywhere - Orange and T-Mobile) has taken up both the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 to launch on its new 4G LTE network.

We'll expect more information to be published by Three on what models will be stocked, as well as colours and pricing. Now Three UK and EE have both thrown their support behind Windows Phone 8, only the likes of Vodafone and O2 remain.

Source: Three UK

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HTC offering credit for your old phone

Not long before their big event today in New York City, HTC has announced a new endeavor called "HTC Trade Up." As the name suggests, the Trade Up program lets you trade in your old smartphone (as long as it is in working condition) for up to $300 toward a new HTC phone.

Here's how it works: Firstly, you need to get a quote for your current device by going to the source link below. After that, you purchase a new HTC smartphone, and mail in your old one. HTC will then send you a prepaid Visa card for the amount that was quoted to you. Quotes are good for 30 days.

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Poll - Which HTC 8X Windows Phone colour would you choose?

The recently announced HTC 8X is a colourful Windows Phone from HTC, which is a step in a new direction compared to what we're seen from the company in the past with its aluminium and dark plastic builds. Providing consumers more choice in terms of colour and design is definitely what we need to make Windows Phone stand out against competitors.

That being said, it's always a pickle when it comes to actually deciding on what colour you'd like to own. Are you white, blue, green, red, or even magnolia? Smartphone looks can be a personal preference when multiple variants of a single device are available.

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Comparison of the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920

WP Central Comparison of the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920

HTC have finally put their cards on the table and released details of the HTC 8X, their new flagship Windows Phone 8 device. Gone are the HTC ultra-utilitarian design aesthetics and in its place we see a smooth curvy body design that comes in some cheeky colours.

HTC have been with Windows Phone from the beginning and many have eagerly awaited the pronouncement of their new devices. With a strong design heritage and deep understanding of the platform, HTC have produced some of the finest devices. The 8X is their flagship phone, but how does it compare to the Lumia 920, the hero device from Nokia?

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Rogers and Bell confirm HTC 8X for Canadians

HTC 8X

HTC announced the 8X today, and Rogers just dropped me a line saying that they'll have both the 8 GB and 16 GB model available. Rogers will actually have an exclusive on the 8 GB model, though I'm having a hard time believing anyone would really be itching for less storage rather than more. 

No word on price just yet, but it's looking like AT&T will be getting the HTC 8X for $199, which could very well translate to Canada as well. Now just to see if TELUS, Bell, or even WIND or Mobilicity will be offering any of the new HTC devices...  Update: Bell just let me know that they'll have the device available too, though TELUS and the other carriers were conspicuously absent from the HTC press release they sent me. 

Here's a quick reminder of the specs on the HTC 8X. 

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Poll - How do you rate the HTC Windows Phone event?

HTC announced a number of handsets at its Windows Phone event today, but how did it leave you? Were you impressed by the new hardware the manufacturer had to show off, or where you expecting more? It's easy to write off Windows Phone OEMs when Nokia plays such an important role in marketing and development of the platform.

The Lumia 820 and 920 set the bar fairly high and HTC had a lot to do to at least reach the heights Nokia is currently sat at in terms of quality. This is noticable in HTC's new approach to design with multiple colours available for both the 8X and 8S

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HTC 8X Windows Phone camera

One of the centerpiece features of the Nokia Lumia 920 is the Pureview camera and optical image stabilization. Now that the specs are official with the HTC 8X and 8S we know that HTC has scaled back the camera resolution from the HTC Titan II but kept the BSI Sensor in play. But there are a few bells and whistles in play with the 8X's camera that may make it hold its own against Nokia's Pureview technology.

Let's go ahead and get this out of the way. The 8S is an entry level Windows Phone and the camera matches that class. The 8S has a 5MP camera fitted with a 35mm f2.8 lens. It will likely produce average photos. We'll have to wait and see how the processing software performs but look for the 8S to offer decent, if not average, photos.

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HTC to include Beats Audio in the 8X and 8S

HTC 8X Beats Audio

HTC announced both the HTC 8X and HTC 8S today at its Windows Phone 8 event in New York. What was relatively unexpected by many was the inclusion of Beats Audio on both handsets. Beats Audio by Dr Dre (official website) has been coupled with an extra amplifier for audio out for large Beats headphones for a clearer sound. It's reported to be able to pump "higher treble, deeper base, greater clarity" into your ears.

HTC's Scott Croyle had the following to add on the extra amplifier in the New York presentation:

"Constantly monitors the speaker condition and adjusts to ensure the best sound quality possible"

While the 8S sports Beats Audio on-board, there's no extra amplifier - 8X only. Both HTC Windows Phones will have a pre-installed app that enables users to turn on / off functionality, and a notification is displayed when plugging in headphones that can take full advantage of Beats Audio. The company was previously rumoured to be bringing Beats to Windows Phone a year ago, it's positive to see HTC finally making the leap.

But what are your thoughts? Do you believe Beats is a good feature for Windows Phone to share with Android? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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HTC 8X and 8S with Windows Phone 8 - Video hands on

We managed to spend some near and dear time with the recently announced HTC 8X and the HTC 8S. What can we say besides that we love the new look for HTC--bold colors, smooth designs, excellent screens--we see a bright and popular future for the new HTC series.

The HTC 8X features a 4.3" 720p display with a whopping 344ppi and a dual-core 1.5GHz, meanwhile the 8S features a more modest WVGA resolution but in an also outstanding design.

Don't believe us? Watch the video above and decide for yourself.

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HTC 8S with Windows Phone 8 - Hands on Photo Gallery

HTC 8S

The HTC 8S in blue

Now that the HTC 8S has been announced, we figured we would give you folks some high resolution photos to gawk at--that is until our video hands on follows this post.

The HTC 8S may not impress those who are fixated on specs, but make no mistake, the device is a looker. We happen to think HTC is on to something here with these two-tone designs and punchy colors.

But enough, talk. We'll let the device with a 4" display and 1GHz dual-core CPU speak for itself.

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HTC Announces the 8S with Windows Phone 8

HTC 8S

The HTC 8S in Domino (Black & White)

Just after announcing the HTC 8X, a high-end Windows Phone from the famous smartphone OEM, the 8S comes hot on its heels for the more budget-conscious crowd.

The 8S, much like its bigger brother, features a whole new redesign for HTC in part due to the influence of the Windows Phone 8 Tile system. Featuring bold, two tone colors and a curved, rounded back, the 8S series certainly stands out from the crowd.

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HTC 8X with Windows Phone 8 - Hands on Photo Gallery

HTC 8X

The HTC 8X featuring Beats Audio

Today with the announcement of the HTC 8X with Windows Phone 8, we figured we inundate you with a barrage of hands-on-photos of the beautiful and stylish new devices.

Personally, we're smitten with the Limelight Yellow and California Blue colors, which match their Accent colors perfectly. While The 8X may lack some of the more 'wow' hardware of Nokia's Lumia 920, we're nothing short of impressed with the look of these devices: they're simply gorgeous.

Light to the touch, soft-touch paint, unibody design and a smooth, rounded display? What's not to love. Check out our high resolution photos after the break...

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HTC announces the 8X with Windows Phone 8

WP Central

Today, September 19th, HTC finally took the veil of their 8X device featuring Windows Phone 8. The device features an array of various technologies, including a 4.3” Super LCD2 display with Gorilla Glass2 at 720P resolution. In addition, the 8X features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage.

But perhaps the most interesting feature besides the included NFC and 8MP BSI camera, is the Beats audio software and hardware. The software features some advanced DSP and signal correction technology but the 8X also features a 2.55v amplifier to greatly increase sound output.

And just as important, the HTC 8X will be coming to AT&T (US) for an estimated price of $199...

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WP Central Bluetooth 4.0 Certification comes to Nokia 920 and 820 Windows Phone

This will prove to be good news for those who were slightly disappointed to see Nokia’s new Lumia devices were only going to support Bluetooth 3.1. According to a listing on Bluetooth.org, both the Lumia 820 and 920 support Bluetooth 4.0.

Bluetooth 4.0 allows for the transfer of information from super low power devices. The reason it’s a big deal is that it will allow for things like workout monitors, everything from a pedometer to a heart rate monitor.

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AT&T is eyeing October 21st for the Nokia Lumia 920

Lumia 920

New information has come forth confirming October 21st for the Lumia 920 launch

Rum: 8

The technology site BGR recently cited Sunday, October 21st as the launch date for the Nokia Lumia 920. At the time, we gave a low rating to the rumor due to two reasons: BGR’s rumor track record (52% on Tracour) and the fact that the date conflicts with other word-of-mouth bits of information.

However, Windows Phone Central has now come across new documentation circulating within AT&T that does indeed confirm the date of October 21st as an important day for the upcoming Nokia flagship phone. This is not the same info that presumably BGR saw (or was told) due to its recency. 

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The HD7

File this under shocking, but wonder hacker Dotcompt has gone ahead an managed to port over Windows Phone 7.8 (early build) from a Nokia phone to a the venerable HTC HD7.

The ROM is now live and ready to be downloaded though like all ROMs, there are some caveats and things to pay attention too, including the fact that this has not yet been widely tested. For the most part, it looks like you just get a new Start screen but it's too early to tell.

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Feed Me for Windows Phone

Feed Me is a popular RSS Reader for your Windows Phone that was recently updated to version 2.0. Feed Me can be used as a stand alone reader or as a Google Reader client.

Asides from some bug fixes, the version 2.0 update for Feed Me brings a decent set of new features to the table.

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This morning we alerted to you this week's Xbox game for Windows Phone, Chillingo's Contre Jour. The popular physics puzzler landed at $2.99 in the Store and we approve, even if these types of games are getting a little played out.

Contre Jour features some great artwork, a nice slow paced feel and a huge assortment of levels, making it a great game for a long time. There's even a bonus level on board exclusive to Windows Phone.

We took it for a quick spin in the video above and we think you'll like it too. So read Paul's more in-depth write up on the game or pick it up here in the Store with a free trial.

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LG has LG CEO:

Shed a tear for LG?

Back in April, we heard that LG was going to focus their efforts on making Android phones, prompting us to wonder if we would see any Windows Phone 8 devices from the Korean manufacturer at all. Today at their official Optimus G launch, CEO Park Jong Seok seemed to lean toward the negative, saying that LG has "no specific plans for other mobile platforms." While that doesn't completely rule out Windows Phone 8 all together, it sure doesn't sound promising.

LG made a couple of popular WP7 devices, the Quantum, which was one of only three QWERTY sliders to use Windows Phone, and the Optimus 7. Other LG models include the Jil Sander E906, the so-called "fashion phone" and the E740 prototype, which never saw the light of day.

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HTC

What are they hiding? 

HTC will have a big day tomorrow here in New York as they unveil their new Windows Phone 8 devices to the media, so it behooves them to tease us just a tad by showing us the corner of one of their new phones via their Facebook page.

The line "When beautiful hardware meets stunning software."  is given along with the image and dare we say, we know what they're talking about.

HTC will impress people tomorrow, we're confident in that. While they may not get as many accolades as Nokia, we think what they have to show will outshine Samsung with ease . That only means one thing: Greater choice for customers within a few weeks for new WP8 handsets.

In fact, we're genuinely excited to show you what HTC has to offer.

Edit: Don't read anything into the time in the picture above guys, every press shot you'll ever find of a HTC phone has the time set to 10:08. It comes from market research that says analog clock faces look like they're smiling when set to 10:08, HTC even blogged about it here.

Stay tuned tomorrow at 11am ET for the big reveal, as Windows Phone Central will be covering the event live and on location.

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Microsoft Surface

Rum: 7

Microsoft is expected to unveil its Surface range of Windows 8 tablets, both an RT (ARM) and a Pro (Intel / AMD x86) version to cater for most mobile PC needs. With the plan to set a high standard for OEM partners to follow, Microsoft has taken a bold move to start offering its own hardware to marry released software.

WPDownUnder has been able to uncover details surrounding availability for Australian consumers. According to a trusted source, Microsoft has been in talks with major retailers to launch the Surface instead of erecting Microsoft Stores. On top of this the source reveals this deal will be exclusive for initial availability.

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WP Central

The basic version. Paper dummy, Lumia 920 in yellow.

The Lumia 920 is everyone's favorite. The latest Nokia flagship has gathered considerable heat in China (like everywhere else?) already, before it's estimated late December availability. To kill the boredom in the waiting period, some have decided to build some Lumia 920 dummies.

Yes, we said build.

Therefore we have these...

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