Friday, January 25, 2013

HTC Unveils Microsoft's New flagship Windows Phone

The HTC launch at the Jump Experience Center at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City recently unveiled Microsoft's new flagship Windows Phone, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, to the local market, available exclusively through carrier Smart Communications.

Powered by a Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1 gigabyte of RAM, the 8X sports a 4.3-inch, 341 pixels-per-inch (ppi) screen covered with scratchproof Gorilla Glass 2 inside a three-dimensional, pure unibody design, with a color scheme based on Windows Phone Live Tiles.

But only the California Blue and Graphite Black variants will be bundled with Smart's Unlidata Plan 2000, available to subscribers now for a 30-month holding period.

Apart from unlimited data and Internet surfing, the plan also gives subscribers 150 free minutes of local calls and 200 free messages a month.

"We are glad to partner with Smart Communications in order to bring the Windows Phone 8X by HTC experience to even more people", said Richard Javier, HTC Philippines country manager.

The bundled data plan will let the users fully realize the potential and lifestyle benefits of the Windows 8 OS.

Other features of the 8X include an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front camera that are both equipped with HTC's ImageChip and wide angle lenses, allowing users to fit four people or more in a frame.

It also boasts of 1080p video capture, which users can store in the build-in 16 gigabytes of storage or the 25 GB of space on Dropbox and app built into HTC Sense free for two years only.

Beats Audio with an internal amplifier is another premium feature, along with HTC's own Sense user interface and HTC Hub where users can gather their favorite online information.

Its radios are quad-band on both GSM and HSPA, assuring fast connection speeds, and the phone is capable of NFC (Near Field Communication).

A 3.5-mm stereo audio jack comes standard for users to enjoy their favorite music and videos with the 8X's 720p HD resolution screen.  Bluetooth 3.1, WiFi and a micro USB port improve its connectivity options, and an 1800mAh lithium-ion battery powers everything.

Other features include the 8X's Attentive Home settings, a photo enhancer, an all-in-one converter, and even a flashlight with three brightness levels.

If buyers want the other colors ” Flame Red and Limelight Yellow” in the 8X product line, they'll have to shell out P26,490 at their local phone vendor for one.

Javier said HTC sold 25-percent more phones in 2012 over the previous year, and hopes the 8X will raise that number further this year.

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