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HTC launches Windows Phone 8 in South Asia

Madura McCormack | Nov. 6, 2012
Microsoft's signature Windows Phone 8 soon to arrive alongside other HTC releases

Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC announced the launch of its Windows Phone 8X and lower end Windows Phone 8S at a regional event held in Singapore on 2 November.

Endorsed by Microsoft as its signature Windows Phone 8 platform smartphone, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC sports a 4.3 inch LCD 2 screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2. It will be 4G and NFC (near field communication) enabled.

HTC cited the phone's ultra-wide angle front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera as a strong selling point.

The slightly cheaper Windows Phone 8S will be available in Fiesta Red and Atlantic Blue by December 2012 together with the California Blue and Graphite Black Windows Phone 8X at S$418 (US$341) and S$828 (US$676) respectively.

Android based

HTC also announced the HTC One SV, an extension of its One Series. The S$688 (US$561) phone will run the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and is 4G/LTE capable.

The 4.3 inch phone will come in Sky Blue, yellow, matte white or black and will be available alongside the Windows Phone 8X and 8S in December 2012.

Another introduction was HTC's One X+, which features a 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.

The S$868 (US$708) smartphone was the priciest of the new line and will run on Android Jelly Bean.

It will be the earliest to arrive, according to HTC, which has slated availability of the phone by November 2012.


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