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£150 HTC Windows Phone 8S: The battle of Windows Phone 8 handsets has begun

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.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.