Although HTC has no immediate plans for US pickup of their fancy 8S Windows Phone, that isn’t stopping Virgin Mobile Canada from offering it to their customers.

The phone is now listed on the site for what seems like affordable pricing at $79 on contract and just $279 pre-paid/off-contract. That’s actually not a bad deal for those looking to pick up a mid-range Windows Phone 8 device with an eye-catching design...

The HTC 8S (review coming shortly) features a 4” 800x480 display, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage with expandable microSD slot and a 1700 mAh battery. In addition, it does have the coveted Beats Audio for enhanced music when wearing headphones though it lacks the pre-amp output via the speaker that its bigger 8X brother has on board.

The 8S has caught a lot of positive attention due to what is highly regarded as an excellent two-toned color scheme. Indeed, the phone is quite a pleasure to use, especially for the more casual user who just wants a mid-level smartphone that’s easy to navigate. It has just launched globally in select markets this past week after an unplanned delay.

Unfortunately for those in the US, Virgin Mobile here is not as keen on Windows Phone. Not only could we not find the 8S but also we could not find any Microsoft products. Hopefully that will change in the future.

Source: Virgin Mobile Canada; Thanks, bilzkh and Nicolas, for the links!