By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 26, 2012 01:06 PM EDT
T-Mobile has officially confirmed that HTC Windows Phone 8X is coming its way, with a sign-up page on its web site listing the device as arriving "soon."
The smartphone recently made the news amid a slew of speculations, with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile listed as the carriers. Although reports suggest that the Windows Phone 8X bears some resemblance to Nokia's Lumia line, which will also run on the Windows Phone 8 operating system, the HTC smartphone will likely have its own fanbase when it launches.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X is expected to make its debut in November, but the price is still a mystery. HTC is the only Windows Phone manufacturer to mention when Windows Phone 8 will hit the market. Neither HTC nor T-Mobile, however, offered an exact launch date, so the sign-up page is only a tease for now, showing users what lies in store for them.
When it comes to pricing, none of the three companies - Samsung, Nokia, and HTC - have detailed prices for their respective Windows Phone 8 devices. For some, this is a sign that the smartphones will come with steep price tags, but customers will not know for sure until a confirmed price is available.
All these Windows Phone 8 smartphones sport comparable specifications, which means that each handset must stand out in terms of design. HTC, however, can hold its own when it comes to design, and some even venture to praise the Windows Phone 8X as the winner in this category.
"The HTC Windows Phone 8X is probably the best looking Windows Phone device, and one of the most gorgeous devices we've ever seen," boasts Phone Arena. HTC's offering may sport a compelling design, but in the end it still comes down to personal preference.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X sports a 4.3-inch HD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. As Windows Phone 8 touts support for multiple display resolutions, this is one of the key features on the HTC smartphone. The handset also packs an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 frames-per-second (fps), and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz, but the relatively small 1,800mAh battery might not appease heavy users.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X will go head to head with the Nokia Lumia 820, while the Lumia 920 and the Samsung Ativ S will face off at the high end. The 8X is expected to come with a $199.99 price tag, but that is not official yet. In the meantime, interested consumers can sign up here to be notified when the smartphone becomes available.
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