HTC has beaten Nokia to the punch by launching the first Windows Phone 8 handsets in China – despite the fact that the Finnish company has prepared a China-specific version of its Lumia 920 flagship, called Lumia 920T.
Yesterday, December 3, HTC’s 8X and 8S handsets have been officially released by China Unicom, the country’s second largest mobile carrier.
The 8X costs 3,999 yuan (about $640). Like the version that is already available in Europe and North America, China Unicom’s HTC 8X features a 4.3 inch Super LCD2 display with 1280 x 720 pixels and 342ppi, Beats Audio, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory.
The 8S is priced at 1,999 yuan ($320), and features a 4 inch Super LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels, 5MP rear camera, the same 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 521MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory.
Nokia will release its Lumia 920T via China Mobile – the launch event should take place tomorrow, December 5. Unlike HTC’s 8X and 8S, the Lumia 920T will have LTE connectivity (TD-LTE, to be exact).
Huawei and Samsung are also expected to introduce Windows Phone 8 devices in China, but it’s not clear if that will happen before the end of the year.
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