The term "this summer" has finally become much more specific for anyone hoping to score a Sprint-branded Windows Phone: July 19th. This is the date the Now Network will launch the HTC 8XT, the carrier's first WP8 device, and you'll be able to grab one for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year commitment. For that overall cost, you're getting a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, BoomSound, microSD expansion and an 1,800mAh battery. There's still no word on Samsung's entry to this arena, but we imagine it won't be terribly long before the news arrives, but we do know that HTC's version will start out $50 cheaper (likely due in part to the lower resolution). Press release after the break.
The wait is almost over! Beginning Friday, July 19 Sprint customers will be able to enjoy the highly anticipated first Windows Phone 8 device from Sprint, the HTC® 8XT. Customers will appreciate access to the advanced features and capabilities of this device with the benefit of unlimited 4G LTE (available in select markets) data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.
HTC 8XT will be available for $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 and can be purchased via Sprint sales channels including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales.
The Windows Phone Experience
Windows Phone 8 won the PC Magazine Readers' Choice Award for best mobile operating system in March 2013. The only phone operating system with Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal smartphone experience designed to keep customers connected to the people and things that matter most. Windows Phone brings together the best of Microsoft with the same modern look and feel, including Bing, Office, Xbox and Skype for a rich customer experience. In addition, the Windows Phone Store includes more than 160,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added daily.
Developed by HTC's award winning design team, the HTC 8XT is the first Windows Phone with HTC BoomSound™ - dual front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier that deliver bigger sound with less distortion and more detail.. In addition, Beats Audio™ enables studio-quality sound, so listeners hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs.
Photo buffs will also love the 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and LED flash and front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera designed to easily capture and share photos and videos. The main camera takes great photos in bright-light and low-light situations, and the ability to shoot video and take still pictures simultaneously. It also offers multi-shot burst mode to help capture the best picture of a moving photo-subject, and a dedicated Windows Phone camera button to open the camera quickly, even when the phone is locked or sleeping, so users never miss an opportunity to capture and share life's most important moments.
Additional features include:
· Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.4GHz dual-core CPUs supporting 4G LTE
· 1080p video capture
· 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM memory
· microSD™ memory card slot with support for up to 64GB memory cards,
· Crisp 4.3-inch display,
· Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, GPS support
· Large 1,800mAh lithium-ion battery
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Office 365 offered by Sprint is available for small and mid-sized businesses. It includes Sprint's unique Carefree Cloud migration and onboarding assistance, end-user level support, predictable monthly costs with no up-front infrastructure expenses, pay-as-you-go plans, savings by bundling all of the necessary tools and advanced options to simplify management further, all with a single bill and single point of contact. Sprint recently announced expanded plans available with Office 365, including enhanced audio conferencing and availability at select Sprint retail stores.
Equipped with Environmentally-Friendly Attributes
In addition to its technological prowess, HTC 8XT has many eco-friendly features, including:
ULE Platinum Certified, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint
· Super energy efficient with < 0.03W no-load power consumption and an efficiency rating of > 73%
· Reduction of environmentally sensitive materials (i.e., PVC, phthalates, bromine, chlorine, etc.)
· Packaging is 98% recyclable and 100% elemental chlorine free