We’ve been told that UK high street retailer, Phones4U, has started to sell the Windows Phone 8S, which is HTC’s entry level handset, for as little as £150 (plus a compulsory £10 top up voucher) but only instore.
That’s a discount of around £50 off its average selling price and could hint at the start of a price war with the other cheap Windows Phone 8 handset, the Lumia 620 from Nokia which is also available from £150 from O2 direct.
Both smartphones are likely to be joined later this month by more Windows Phone 8 smartphones from the likes of Huawei and ZTE. Nokia itself is rumoured to be preparing to release a few more entry level and mid-range Windows Phone 8 handsets.
As for the HTC Windows Phone 8S, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 SoC, a dual-core SoC clocked at 1Ghz. There’s 4GB onboard storage, 512MB of RAM, a 4in 800 x 480 pixel S-LCD display, a 1,700mAh battery, Corning Gorilla Glass, a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel camera.
Compared to the Nokia Lumia 620 though, it doesn’t have NFC, it has only half the onboard storage, doesn’t have a front facing camera plus Nokia bundles a number of very useful apps like Nokia Music or Nokia Drive. Check out the reviews of the HTC Windows Phone 8S and the Nokia Lumia 620.