HTC Won't Be Releasing Mid-Range Windows Phone 8 Handsets In The U.S.

By Khurram Aziz | Dec 04, 2012 08:47 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Taiwanese smartphone company HTC has said that it will not sell its new HTC 8S handset in the US in the near term, in a bid to focus on high-end sales.

The company was one of the first in the market to release a device running Microsoft's newly-released Windows Phone 8 operating system, alongside Nokia, with its HTC 8X device.

Follow us

Earlier in September, the company also announced a budget version of the device called the 8S.  The device will feature a Gorilla Glass-coated 4-inch WVGA LCD screen with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. The HTC 8X, on the other hand, has a 4.3-inch display with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. 

However, the company has since sent a statement to Engadget saying that the 8S device is not meant for the US market.

"The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is our signature Windows Phone available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the US. With our focus on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the US market," said HTC.

The statement contradicts a report from Techradar which said that Jason Mackenzie, HTC's president of global sales and marketing, announced during a press event that both the 8X and 8S will launch on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA sometime in November.

Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 towards the end of October as an attempt to claw back smartphone and tablet users from Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. The launch was timed to coincide with the release of Microsoft's new desktop version of Windows.

Both Nokia and HTC are the standard-bearers of Windows Phone devices; however, while Nokia has had a relatively long partnership with Microsoft, HTC has only recently begun releasing Windows Phone smartphones.

For a longtime the Taiwanese firm had relied on Android devices to grow its business, but, in 2010, it was sued by Microsoft, with the US firm accusing Android of infringing patents on its flagship operating system. The two companies subsequently entered into a license agreement, the fruits of which include HTC agreeing to make Windows Phone handsets.

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

© 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Featured Video : Intel Pocket Avatars

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Fuzzy renderings of Sony SmartWatch 3, SmartBand TalkSony to unveil Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk wearables at IFA 2014
Apple pushing iPhone 6 payment system with American Express, Visa, MasterCard deals
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs appear in company UAProf ahead of Sept. 3 launch
Motorola’s Moto Maker down for ‘tune-up’ – Ready for new Moto devices?
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon LogoAmazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC LogoHTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google DowntimeGoogle blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Vine update brings new camera experienceVine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now
Instagram releases Bolt ephemeral messaging app in select markets to challenge Snapchat
PayPal for iOS update brings loyalty card support, other features and enhancements
Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics