Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Windows Phone 8 launched by Microsoft

It boasted that the system's internet browser, Internet Explorer 10, was the fastest on any mobile, and also suggested it offered the closest integration with video chat app Skype.HTC, Nokia and Samsung have all unveiled flagship WP8 devices over recent months, but had been unable to release them while they waited for Microsoft to sign off its software.
The handsets will now go on sale in Europe at the weekend and rollout worldwide during November.Microsoft officially launched its two Windows Phone 8 handsets, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 920, at a press event today in San Francisco, alongside a handful of other models with releases peppering the next few weeks across three of the US's major cell networks.
The Lumia 920 has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.5-inch 1280x768 display, and 32GB of storage. The phone has a PureView-branded 8.7-megapixel camera with good low-light performance, a 2000mAh battery that gets 9 hours of talk time and can charge wirelessly, and a polycarbonate body that comes in six colors with either a glossy or matte finish.
The HTC 8X also has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor as well as 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Its screen measures 4.3 inches at 1280x720 resolution, and an 8-megapixel camera with an f2.0 aperture is embedded on its back, with a 2.1 megapixel camera on the front. The 8X's battery is 1800mAh, but HTC has yet to provide real-life usage estimates.
Microsoft also trotted out the Samsung Ativ S at its Windows Phone 8 launch event. The Ativ S includes a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, either 16 or 32GB of internal storage, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 2,300mAh battery, and an NFC chip. A different version of the Ativ, named the "Ativ Odyssey", is due out by December on Verizon.AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the Lumia 920 and 820 in the US, while the 16GB 8X is set to debut on AT&T and Verizon by Thanksgiving for $199, as is the Lumia 822 on Verizon for $99. T-Mobile will have a Nokia Lumia variant dubbed the Lumia 810 for $99 and the 16GB HTC 8X for $149 by November 14. Microsoft stated that AT&T will get the Lumia 820, 920, and HTC 8X in November, but did not set a concrete date within the month. All of these models will be sold through Microsoft's retail stores.

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