HTC 8S not coming to the United States

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is the lowest end and cheapest of the Windows Phone 8 launch devices, packing a 4.0-inch WVGA display and a 1.0 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core chipset with just 512 MB of RAM. If you live in the United States and were hoping on getting your hands on the cheaper Windows Phone device then you're out of luck, as the HTC 8S will not be coming to the U.S.

When carriers for the respective Windows Phone devices were announced on launch in October, the Windows Phone 8S was mysteriously missing from any of the major U.S. carriers' line-ups, with HTC only bringing their flagship Windows Phone 8X to play. In a statement released today, the company confirmed that it is not planning on bringing the 8S stateside:

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

Initially there was a lot of buzz on Neowin about the HTC 8S, with users commenting that they would be looking at buying the 8S over (the also popular) flagship devices like the Nokia Lumia 920. For those of you in the United States, your only option now will be to import the phone if you're desperate to own it, but it may be cheaper to simply get an officially available carrier-subsidized model.

Source: Engadget | Image via HTC

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13 Comments

primexx said,
that looks like about the same specs as current WP7 phones

except dual core I think and front facing camera

Lachlan said,

except dual core I think and front facing camera

Yeah there's a 1.0 GHz dual-core CPU but no front facing camera

MvT Cracker said,
Disappointed....really wanted to buy this unlocked not likely to be sold in Canada then...

maybe on wind?

An evil part of me is happy because now US customers know how it feels to get routinely screwed over by US based businesses who only provide their products in a couple of countries.

Richard Cousins said,
Its taking its sweet time being released here in the UK!
I see that Clove are listing these as due this Tuesday (4th Dec) so not long to wait if you fancy one of these phones. £225 inc of our "low" 20% sales tax which I think is very reasonable given it's a Windows Phone 8 device. Gorgeous looking too!!!

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