HTC and Samsung expected to price their WP8 handsets lower than Nokia's

HTC and Samsung expected to price their WP8 handsets lower than Nokia's
Not that we didn't observe something similar with the preliminary prices popping up here and there, but now we also have some unnamed industry sources confirm our expectations that Nokia's Windows Phone devices will end up being more expensive than Samsung's, and even HTC's ones.

Digitimes's sources actually may have a point when they say that HTC is likely to be more aggressive with its Windows Phone 8 roll out, as it has been losing positions on the Android front recently. Because of that, they seem to believe that HTC's phones will be more affordable than Samsung's, which is not something you see every day. On the other hand, as Samsung is currently on the top of the food chain, it's less likely for it so seek aggressive pricing for its WP8 handsets.

Meanwhile, Nokia has never been a fan of cheap prices, especially when it comes to its higher-end products. This is completely understandable, of course, having in mind that Nokia's devices are one of the best in terms of quality and construction in the industry. It is expected that the Lumia 820 and 920 will be initially priced around $600-800, while Samsung's ATIV S is believed to pop up with a retail price tag close to $700. When it comes to HTC, though, the sources are willing to believe that its premium device, the Windows Phone 8X, will be available for about $500-600, as HTC will be hoping to be among the very first manufacturers to establish strong positions on the emerging Windows Phone market.

source: Digitimes

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24 Comments

1. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

this is expected, a higher price for a better product is the way of the world. you can't expect a superior product to cost much less than an inferior one. There is simply nothing that the activ s and 8x can do that the lumia's can't, and much more.

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

In this economy, its not worth getting a Nokia over both Samsung or HTC as their WP devices can do most what Nokia can. With Nokia's price tag, you can get an HTC 8x and the 499$ Surface. Make your choice if you're going to throw away that kind of money.

7. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

"With Nokia's price tag, you can get an HTC 8x and the 499$ Surface." wow you're stupid. you are comparing 920's unlocked price to 8x's on-contract price

9. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Buddy, buddy, you can get the 8x and surface together by just adding $100 to $200 more. Who's stupid?

11. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

and for that price you get yourself trash, knowing fully well that you could have gotten something better...still the best option here is still to get the lumia then get the surface. why settle for the 8x. then again, for being an htc and samsung user, you can actually be contented with that

23. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

As a person who as only owned Nokia or HTC products I can vouch for both! They are both excellent! However, the only reason someone may opt for the 8X is because they're not on AT&T network therefore they have to get what's on their network. Given the choice I'll take a Lumia 920 anyday, but unfortunately I'm not given that choice on my network.

19. HTC_SUCKS_ON_EVERYTHING

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

HTC will Always be Samsung's BITCH in Android HTC will Always be Nokia's BITCH in WP

2. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I'm a fan of HTC's built quality and i dont really like them going all plasticky with their current windows phones.

8. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Nokia's is made of plastic and everyone loves it. Only difference, HTC has that soft touch back cover which is very nice!

12. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

read the specs bro, between the lumia, the ativ s and 8x, check again which one is made of cheap plastic

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Of course!! Why would Nokia price their premium sets like HTC's and Samsung's?? It won't make sense...no way. There is much more to the Lumia then the 8X's or Ativ. Nokia's price is justified...

4. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Well, the Lumia 920 has better hardware...wireless charging, pureview display technology and better camera with image stabilization

5. Tips_y

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

That's to be expected. There's more in the 920 than either the 8X or the Ativ S. Actually, there's more in the 920 than even the new iPhone 5!

16. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

GS3 and Lumia 920 are the most powerful smartphones of the year, the price is justified

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well, I think the Galaxy Note 2 and Optimus G would disagree with the GS3 being more powerful

24. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

note 2 is on the "phablet" category

10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

lol... of course!!! it will be price lower coz nokia is well known!! !and nokia will be the beast of WP like samsung on android!

13. gulfu

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

even if nokia wants to sell many.. windows os will pull then down for sure

14. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

is it wrong to assume that for upgrades and new accounts the price will still be $199 for the 920, ativ, and 8X?

18. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That is what I am expecting, with the WP8S and 820 being $99.99 on contract

15. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Every poll I've seen on every site shows people would prefer the 920 by far over the 8X and Ativ S. Nokia clearly has the edge in hardware (PureView) and software (City Lens, etc.) I have no problem paying a higher price for a superior product.

20. amihk

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I think Nokia is nuts to be pricing the 920 in iPhone 5 territory. They've working with plummeting brand equity and a third-place ecosystem. Though they've got a nice product and WP8 looks promising, they need to be priced 10-20% below other flagships to win over mainstream consumers.

21. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

PA: the only applicable competitor of 8X and ativS is Nokia Lumia 820/ 810... 920 is on a higher level than these windows 8 phones.

22. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

well spoken.

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