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.