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HTC Windows 8S is cheapest Windows Phone 8 yet with pre-order price of £225

The HTC Windows 8S is set to be one of the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handsets on the market when it goes on sale on 15 November according to online retailer Unlocked-Mobiles.

The vendor has put the phone on pre-order on its site for only £225, 44 per cent less than the £399 the HTC Windows Phone 8X costs.

That’s very roughly what you’d expect to pay for a similarly configured Android-based smartphone.

Both phones were launched on Wednesday in New York and HTC became the third vendor, after Samsung and Nokia, to announce its Windows Phone 8 handsets.

The Windows Phone 8S is powered by a dual-core system-on-chip from Qualcomm, possibly the MSM8260.

It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage, plus a microSD card slot, a 4in 800 x 480 LCD display, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a dedicated physical camera button.

Like its bigger brother, it also prominently features a Beats Audio logo and BA’s technology. It is only 10.3mm thick and weighs 113g, making it 40 per cent thicker than the iPhone 5 and almost the same weight.

The phone will likely compete against the Nokia Lumia 820 and possibly the Huawei Acsend W1.

Source: Unlocked-Mobiles

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