HTC Windows Phone 8S goes on preorder for £217

The HTC Windows Phone 8S is by far the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device on the market and one which shows that both Microsoft and its partners mean business in the new smartphone ecosystem.

The handset is available from Insight for as little as £217 SIM Free, a price that excludes delivery. Or, it can be had for just under £15 per month on a two year contract with T-Mobile.

The smartphone comes with a 4in 800 x 480 Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227 system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz and with an Adreno 30x GPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a five-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing one, Windows Live Skydrive, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, a 1700mAh battery, a proper physical photo button, HD video recording, plus built-in Beats Audio technology.

Although we’re slightly disappointed by the lack of any salient selling points, it’s good to see that HTC has a smartphone that is competitive with similarly-priced Android smartphones (bar the LG Nexus 4 superphone).

It is also the only Windows Phone 8 smartphone that is clearly priced for the mainstream market.