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HTC to launch more Windows Phone models this year

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HTC to launch more Windows Phone models this year
HTC acknowledges that its current Windows Phone 8 models are disappointing

HTC acknowledges that its current Windows Phone 8 models are disappointing

While saying that its Windows Phone 8 models to date have indeed been disappointing, Taiwan based HTC says that it has a "good collaboration with Microsoft for a future release this year," according to Tai Ito, HTC's vice president for Global Product Planning. There are no plans for a larger screened Windows Phone model similar to the HTC Titan, which was a 4.7 inch model it released in 2011. While more phones powered by Microsoft's mobile OS is a strong possibility later this year, HTC seems happy enough to focus right now on its newly announced flagship model, the Android powered HTC One

HTC's problem is that whatever it does, it faces tough competition. There is Nokia staring at it in the Windows Phone arena and Samsung in the Android market. It is in the latter space where HTC seemed to have revitalized itself with the launch of the HTC DROID DNA/HTC Butterfly and the unveiling of the upcoming HTC One, with an industry leading 468ppi pixel density.

source: CNET

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posted on 26 Feb 2013, 19:34 2

1. nikenturd (unregistered)


Microsoft = JINX
HTC must be crazy to go on that route...Their Android handsets are tanking, what makes them think people will buy their Windows phones?

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:12 13

4. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


They're WP8 phones are actually really good. If the HTC 8S had a front camera, it would have been a killer. The 8X is very capable and felt like a very premium device.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:16 1

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1717; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Because they want to try and sell phones this year instead of having ms and apple dragging them through the courts.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:41 2

13. lovefist (unregistered)


Spot on! They brag about their build quality yet build quality is defined and synonymous with Nokia. My 3210 still works, bought in 2002, dropped on different types of surface and still works.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 19:59 2

2. Birds (Posts: 975; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I was so hoping Microsoft's next update would allow for 768x1366 resolution screens so a HTC windows phone 8 flagship could retain the PPI of the one x while increasing the screen size to 5 inches. I guess I'm to wishful of a thinker.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:00

3. joeymk (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


this is mid range not hind end

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:33 1

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 956; Member since: 07 May 2012)


How about follow with the Titan name and have a Titan 3?

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:44

7. shirtlessrabbit4 (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


Ooh! I want a ginormous WP8! :D

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:50 6

8. rsiders (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


HTC is just a few steps away from making a killer phone on either platform. The key is making a no compromise phone that their customers want(removable battery, memory expansion, etc.) and not one that they want their customers to want. And on the Windows Phone side of things, they're really going to have to put in the effort to present a unique experience for the customers and provide outstanding, and I mean outstanding, support to rival what Nokia is doing. The 8X was great but with 16gb, a higher price tag, no real exclusive content, and a camera second to the Lumia 920, it could not compete seriously. At least the HTC One is a step in the right direction but again if they fail on this gamble with the camera, it will show that HTC has a lot to learn. I'm rooting for them though.(written on my HTC Titan)

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 23:14

18. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


If you buy the 8x unlocked , its actually cheaper and closer to the price of the 810 .
For that price it demolishes the 810 , better screen , better camera design etc

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:54 2

9. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


PA plainly harbor tons of fan boys. Its like a diseased site.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 20:59 2

10. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


It's a nice phone, but the Nokia Lumia is far superior in my opinion. It's also true that Samsung is on top of android at the moment, but that can change especially with the heated competition this year.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:18

11. Taters (Posts: 2685; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


My first 8x had a dead pixel or dust. My second one had a rattling volume rocker. I don't even want to talk about the One X problems. Keep up the poor work HTC.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:37 3

12. lovefist (unregistered)


8x doesn't have anything special, priced so close to the 920. HTC is living in their dreamworld where they think they know what people like and prices them like they've been in the business for decades.

HTC one looks good though.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 21:59

14. thachlel (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


I'm disappointed that HTC one is not 5 inches!

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 23:06 2

17. darkskoliro (Posts: 956; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Why? Alternatively you could go for the Butterfly. But to be honest with you, I wouldnt mind 4.7", when i grasp the butterfly with one hand i get mini heart attacks because its a little too big and gets very close to falling out of my hand.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 22:28 1

15. Alex123 (Posts: 210; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


HTC should stop wasting time of making WP anymore. Nokia is now king of WP already. The design, the price and specs of Nokia are much better than HTC.

Please HTC only strengthen on their android devices.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 22:55 2

16. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I LOVE the feel of the 8x. Just not the look so much.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 01:23 1

19. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I am satisfied with my HTC 8x, though this satisfaction is slipping. I've used the HTC Arrive, and HTC Radar. Prior to that it was the HTC Moment and going back to the Winmo days....to be fair I shall not touch upon the Winmo days. HTc has done nothing to support their users and their own application is laughable/a joke. Looking at the Nokia Lumia, there has been a plethora of games and useful utilities/applications for their phones. Also the have been working on their phones firmware so their users could have a better experience.

HTC on the other hand from the three Windows Phone has done nothing for them. And further more their has not been any tweaks or stability updates for my phone. Everytime I hear Nokia has a exclusive game, new utilities/applications, and firmware updates/tweaks it chaps my hide. HTC can keep releasing phones for android or WP, however future phones HTC would not be one of them.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 10:04

20. Cryptic (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


I agree. It seems like unless you have a Nokia phone you don't the best from the WP. At first I thought it was favoritism from MS towards Nokia, but then I read something and found out that it was Nokia doing it themselves. Needless to say, I went and got a Nokia phone and things are much better now. (BTW, the 920 weight issue isn't an issue. Don't know why I listened to these "no muscle" writing heads...but that's another topic.) HTC and all the rest need to catch a clue to Nokia, or they will find themselves falling again. Nokia seems to be interested in the customer's experience and works to improve it, but with the exception of Apple, the rest just seem to want to wow me with specs, but nothing more after they get my money.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 11:42

21. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)


How can people praise Nokia's design when it hasn't changed since the n9 I really don't it I like the colors but other than that its thick and boxy I don't see the appeal from a looks standpoint

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 12:04

22. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


I've owned three HTC phones from Android and the old Windows Mobile platform and all of them turned out to be lemons. Never again.

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