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Won’t Sell Entry-Level Windows Phone 8S in U.S.

HTC has confirmed that it won't be selling the budget-priced Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the 8S, in the United States.

The company said its higher-end device, the 8X, is its "signature Windows Phone", which will receive the firm's predominant focus, with the 8S "not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market." Sources notified The Verge that the 8S was initially set to retail as a lower-cost handset for T-Mobile. However, Microsoft is said to have decided to prioritize testing of the Qualcomm 8960 chipset found in the 8X over the chipset sported by the 8S.

HTC announced both the 8X and 8S on September 19, with the former becoming available in the U.S. last month through carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. The 8X is Microsoft's flagship launch device for Windows Phone 8.

Those who wish to eventually purchase the 8S, Engadget notes that the device may become available as an unlocked and unsubsidized handset on a number of e-tailers.

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  • Azn Cracker
    Who has a windows phone? I honestly do not see anyone walking around with one. Most people at my campus carry around an iphone or a galaxy S3. Windows phone should be the new phone for hipsters.

    I tried them out and thought they were alright, but I don't like being original.
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  • Can we get HTC in front of the name of the article before I have an aneuryism?
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  • kryzzay
    hotsacomanCan we get HTC in front of the name of the article before I have an aneuryism?
    I only clicked because of the error!
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  • me too
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  • joytech22
    Azn CrackerWho has a windows phone? I honestly do not see anyone walking around with one. Most people at my campus carry around an iphone or a galaxy S3. Windows phone should be the new phone for hipsters.I tried them out and thought they were alright, but I don't like being original.
    Down here in NSW I see a huge mix of high-end Android devices, a lot of iPhones and I've seen quite a few Lumia's around the place.
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  • deftonian
    due to the article not being about Apple, Zak didn't even bother completing the title of the article.
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  • pollom
    I have a lumia :D
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  • saturnus
    My colleague sitting next to me at work has a 8x. It's super cool and througroughly owns my old SII. I like the WP8 system but there are still a few bugs to iron out for MS but in general works far better and faster than both iOS and Android. I'm hoping that our company soon security release WP8 so we can use them as work phones too. Then I'll consider getting one.
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  • vaughn2k
    deftoniandue to the article not being about Apple, Zak didn't even bother completing the title of the article.I think he knew, but did not bother anyways..
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