Three UK's sensible pricing for the HTC 8X is revealed
Three UK has what it will charge customers for the HTC 8X Windows Phone leaked. According to images published by GSMArena, the carrier will be setting a price point of £349 should it be purchased on PAYG (Pay As You Go - locked to the network). If you're up for a new contract, the soon-to-be-released smartphone can be yours from £34/mo with an up-front fee of £29.
The carrier is stocking not only HTC's flagship Windows Phone at launch, but the HTC 8S will as well. While no pricing was revealed for the latter in GSMArena's report, it'll be interesting to see how Three prices the younger sibling with its slightly less advanced specifications. As the HTC 8X is relatively affordable for what's on offer, the 8S should appeal to many smartphone newcomers once pricing is officially announced.
Three recently announced plans to support Windows Phone 8 by taking both HTC smartphones on-board. The HTC 8X is the manufacturer's offering to those who seek a mid-to-high range Windows Phone. It sports a 4.3” Super LCD2 display with Gorilla Glass2 at 720P resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. O2 UK has also revealed it plans to stock both HTC Windows Phones.
PAYG and contract pricing for the HTC 8X
Amazon UK dropped its HTC 8X pricing down to £399, which closely reflects what retailer Unlocked Mobiles has the Windows Phone listed as. While it may appear slightly more expensive than what Three has to offer, do note that the HTC 8X listed at the two retailers is unlocked.
It's also worth noting that Three is looking to venture into 4G at some point in the future, once the green light is given Spring 2013. An investment made at launch in the HTC 8X will pay off with a potential upgrade to LTE speeds, a process that EE has kicked off in time for Christmas, which will be releasing both the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 to take advantage of faster connectivity.
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