The HTC Windows Phone 8S smartphone can be had on pre-order from Affordablemobiles on the Orange Dolphin 10 plan, which costs £10.50 per month on a two-year contract with an upfront cost of £28.99. That’s a total cost of ownership of £281. The deal includes 30 minutes, 500 texts and a 100MB data allowance, which is hardly enough for all but very light users.
The phone comes with a 4in 800 x 480 pixel SLCD display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, Beats Audio technology, 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, is just over 10mm thick and weighs only 113g.
This will by far the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset to hit the market by the end of the year and is less than half the price of Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 model, the Lumia 920. HTC appears to be targeting the mainstream market in an effort to grab as much share as possible before other players such as Huawei introduce value models.
Windows Phone 7.5 models, which will get Windows Phone 7.8 soon, are being cleared out, with the Lumia 800, Nokia’s former flagship model, starting from a mere £150.