We recently called HTC’s (2498) Windows Phone 8X one of the best-designed smartphones of all time, but the sleek handset has been overshadowed this holiday season by it’s Windows Phone rival, the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 920. Rumblings from our sources suggest end-users sales have been slow going for the 8X, though we have heard that it sold fairly well in some U.S. markets ahead of the holidays. In an effort to bolster sales at Verizon Wireless (VZ) moving into 2013, the carrier recently dropped the price of the phone to $99.99 on contract, a great bargain for this sleek Windows Phone 8 handset. BGR reviewed the Windows Phone 8X in October and called it an outstanding smartphone despite its unavoidable shortcomings, such as the lack of available Windows Phone apps.
Amid a sea of Android smartphones and Apple’s (AAPL) ever-popular iPhone, Microsoft (MSFT) will make its third run at a rebound in the mobile market this holiday season. The flagship Nokia Lumia 920 is leading the charge this time around, and early sales seem strong. Nokia’s (NOK) new Lumia is an AT&T (T) exclusive though, leaving the majority of mobile subscribers in the U.S. in the dark this holiday season. Of course, there are other options for those looking to embrace Windows Phone 8. T-Mobile has two new handsets available for the holiday season powered by the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile platform and here, we take a look at both. More →
Smartphones running Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 operating system have been available for a little over two weeks now, and while sales may be better than some expected, consumers are reporting a number of technical problems. Threads complaining about random reboots and poor battery life on Microsoft’s official support forums, along with other communities, have garnered hundreds of replies. HTC Windows Phone 8X owners are reporting random reboots while using their devices, while Nokia Lumia 920 users have seen random reboots, freezes and poor battery life. In an attempt to rid themselves of these persistent problems, Lumia owners attempted to wipe their devices, but some have subsequently found that the device won’t boot up and they are left stuck at Nokia’s splash screen. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to ZDNet that the company is currently “investigating reports of these incidents.”
AT&T to launch Nokia Lumia 920 ($99.99), HTC Windows Phone 8X ($99.99) and others beginning Nov. 9th
AT&T (T) on Tuesday announced that a number of Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones will launch beginning November 9th. Nokia’s (NOK) highly anticipated Lumia 920 will be among them, and it will cost just $99.99 on contract. BGR reviewed the Lumia 920 earlier this week and called it an amazing smartphone with some serious barriers that could deter most potential buyers. AT&T notes that Lumia 920 purchases will include a free wireless charging plate. Also launching ahead of the holidays is the HTC (2498) Windows Phone 8X, which starts at $99.99 with 8GB of storage and tops out at $199.99 with 16GB, and the Nokia Lumia 820, which will cost $49.99 on contract. AT&T said preorders for the new Lumia phones will begin on November 7th and the carrier’s full press release follows below. More →
If ever there was a smartphone that screams “underdog,” the HTC Windows Phone 8X is that phone. In a handset market dominated by Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930), HTC (2498) stumbled badly in late 2011 and has yet to regain it footing. And in a platform war dominated by Google (GOOG) and Apple, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone now enters its third year on the market with little to show for it. This perpetually emerging mobile OS has received critical acclaim since its debut in 2010, but recent figures from market research firm IDC suggest Windows Phone hasn’t even captured 5% of the global smartphone market. More →
HTC (2498) is gambling on Windows Phone 8 with two new smartphones this November: the Windows Phone 8S and 8X. In BGR’s hands-on with the Windows Phone 8X, we called the bold and colorful smartphone a perfect match for Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 user interface. The Taiwanese handset maker released a video teaser for the flagship 8X by highlighting features such as Xbox Music, the built-in Beats Audio amplifier speaker, the widescreen front-facing HD camera, Skype and the ever-changing live tile notifications. AT&T (T) also confirmed with CNET it will sell the HTC Windows Phone 8X in November. Pricing and release date have yet to announced. The video teaser follows below.
HTC’s (2498) Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S are the company’s first real Windows Phone handsets. Sure, the Taiwan-based company has introduced some devices that run Windows Phone before, but it appears that HTC is finally taking Windows Phone seriously. And why shouldn’t it? HTC is getting pushed out of the Android game quite quickly, so it makes sense to diversify its handset portfolio with a different operating system, ecosystem and partner.