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HTC ANNOUNCES LOCAL RELEASE OF WINDOWS PHONE 8S BY HTC IN NEW ZEALAND

HTC combines stunning design, studio quality sound and incredible camera to deliver a premium Windows Phone 8 experience

New Zealand, 6 December, 2012 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has unveiled the stunning Windows Phone 8S by HTC featuring the new Windows Phone 8 operating system. The device boasts stunning design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ and world class camera capabilities.

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC features an industrial slim design, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, a clear screen packed with colour and detail and comes integrated with Beats Audio.

HTC devices paired with the Windows Phone 8 platform offer customers a clear choice and a truly unique device experience, which has led to Microsoft announcing the Windows Phone 8 by HTC devices as the “signature” Windows phones. This means that the Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be used as one of the first devices of choice by Microsoft whenever the Windows Phone 8 platform needs to be showcased.

“Microsoft announcing our Windows Phone 8 devices as the “signature” Windows Phone 8 smartphones really demonstrates the strength of our products” said Ben Hodgson, Country Manager, HTC Australia and New Zealand. “The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is one of the Windows device with Beats Audio providing consumers with a premium audio experience and dynamic sound. Unique in style, consumers now can choose from the two colours to best suit their lifestyle and personal style.”   

Iconic Design
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC feature a rectangular unibody with gently rounded corners, a sheet of Gorilla Glass and come in bold, sophisticated and adventurous colors in a premium matte finish.

Designed to amaze, the Windows Phone 8Sby HTC features a 4 inch display providing super-sleek minimalist design and breathtaking detail. Weighing 113 grams with battery, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC is light and slim and comes in a solid block of coloured polycarbonate. With Windows Phone Live Tiles, you can arrange your Start screen just how you want it and make it easy to see everything that’s going on with the people and passions in your life in real-time. You can make a Live Tile for anyone and almost anything, and pin it right to your Start screen, personalising your device to a whole new level. Pin a person or an app and you instantly know their latest updates just by looking at your phone.

Capture and Share Your World
A physical camera button, accessible even from the lock screen, lets you instantly point, shoot and share images from the 5mp, 720p autoflash camera. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC allows you to create inspiring, original photos with the built-in lenses and shows images on the big, vibrant display. A physical shutter button makes it quick and easy to capture spontaneous action, even if the phone is locked.  

Spectacular Sound with Beats Audio
Beats Audio provides authentic, studio-quality sound that delivers the spirit of the original recording. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is one of the Windows device to feature Beats Audio.

Brilliant Display
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts a bright super LCD 4” screen with Gorilla Glass, allowing users to see the Windows Phone Live Tiles, and every message and photo, with crystal clarity and sparkling colour.

HTC’s latest 720p display raises the bar. It’s packed to the max with colour-loving, high density pixels (341 per inch) bursting with clarity, crispness and higher contrast. The result is extremely sharp images, thanks to the individual pixels on the display. Everything now looks vastly improved, providing the ultimate visual detail.

Entertainment
With the Windows Phone 8S by HTC people can carry their favourite music, movies and photos with them wherever they go. With the Windows Phone Store and Xbox Live, it is easier than ever to enjoy the latest video, music and games on the move.

Better for Business
Business customers will enjoy seamless integration with Microsoft back office applications and automatic configuration for simple set up. With Microsoft Office Mobile built-in, files like PowerPoint or Word documents will open just as they were intended, making the Windows Phone 8S by HTC the perfect phones for work or play.

Availability
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is available starting from December across multiple carriers.

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is available in Domino Black with Telecom New Zealand.

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is available in Atlantic Blue with Vodafone New Zealand.

Pricing
The Windows Phone 8S is available for $449 or $0 upfront with 1GB data per month on a Business Smart Data plan for $78.26 per month (excl. GST) on a 24-month term with Vodafone.  Customers who purchase the Windows Phone 8S by HTC from Vodafone will also enjoy the benefits of Data Angel, a service exclusive to Vodafone which enables smartphone users to control their data allowance

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC will be available on the Telecom New Zealand Smartphone Network through Telecom’s partner retailers from Friday 7 December, at an RRP of $449.00.  It will be available in Telecom stores from Tuesday 11 December. 




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  Reply # 728345 7-Dec-2012 06:57 Send private message

I have one turning up this morning or monday (testing for new work phones, vodafone network).

Looking forward to it :)

If i like it then i will get one to replace my S3 on the telecom network :)




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  Reply # 728360 7-Dec-2012 08:02 Send private message

have been using 1 for over a week now. it is nice to hold in the hand but there are not a lot of apps i would realy use., even viber is a beta and can't make calls. also the way e-mails inboxes etc are diplayed is not as nice as the s3. but still a good phone

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  Reply # 728408 7-Dec-2012 10:15 Send private message

Sounds like a nice phone,  I think the 4 inch screen is a good size without being too bulky.  The ability to directly access the camera is a good feature.

WP8 is getting a lot of attention and seems to be getting quite a bit of traction.  The amount of apps will increase rapidly as market penetration increases.  Meanwhile the mainstream apps seem to be fairly well covered.  Interesting times ahead I think with the battle between the various OS's.




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  Reply # 728990 8-Dec-2012 14:53 Send private message

Just had a play with work mate's personal Vodafone version of the HTC 8S. Very very nice. Feels really good in the hand. Waiting for Telecom to launch their version. Going to get Wife this. Camera quality even at 5MP looks really good.




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  Reply # 729461 10-Dec-2012 07:33 Send private message

Well after the weekend playing the a vodafone 8s (work phone)

I made the move and went and got a telecom one from Dick Smith for $380 (got a discount because i asked for one) they have them for $409, RRP is $449.

Just don't go to harvey norman as they have them for $499

So now i have 2 8s's 1 for work and 1 for person, the S3 is now sitting in the draw.



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  Reply # 729490 10-Dec-2012 08:59 Send private message

^ nice. I see that DSE has on their website now. Will ring the DSE in Hamilton and see if they can also do one for $380




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  Reply # 729505 10-Dec-2012 09:11 Send private message

mrtoken: Well after the weekend playing the a vodafone 8s (work phone)

I made the move and went and got a telecom one from Dick Smith for $380 (got a discount because i asked for one) they have them for $409, RRP is $449.

Just don't go to harvey norman as they have them for $499

So now i have 2 8s's 1 for work and 1 for person, the S3 is now sitting in the draw.




thank you thank you thank you thank you.  you just saved me at least $40.  was going to just buy it from vodafone today.

also what colours are available at dse?  do want a blue one, but want $40 more :)

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  Reply # 729509 10-Dec-2012 09:17 Send private message

its $399 from warehouse stationary
 

but no stock, so Ill go to dse.

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  Reply # 729584 10-Dec-2012 10:34 Send private message

went down to dse and got it for $380. so im happy.

wanted blue, but got silver/white, for for $380 im not worried.

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  Reply # 729603 10-Dec-2012 10:50 Send private message

Do you guys simply ask the sales guy to sell it for $380 at DSE and they agree or you have to push them a bit to give it at that price?




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  Reply # 729614 10-Dec-2012 11:01 Send private message

yeah i just said to the guy "Can you do it for $380, someone on geekzone said they got it at that price from dick smith", he played with his computer for a bit and said "Sure"

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  Reply # 729659 10-Dec-2012 12:00 Send private message

i couldnt connect to windows live, turns out my clock was way off, changing that fixed the issue.

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  Reply # 729766 10-Dec-2012 13:49 Send private message


Brilliant Display
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC boasts a bright super LCD 4? screen with Gorilla Glass, allowing users to see the Windows Phone Live Tiles, and every message and photo, with crystal clarity and sparkling colour.

HTC?s latest 720p display raises the bar. It?s packed to the max with colour-loving, high density pixels (341 per inch) bursting with clarity, crispness and higher contrast. The result is extremely sharp images, thanks to the individual pixels on the display. Everything now looks vastly improved, providing the ultimate visual detail.

this is only on the 8X as far as I'm aware the 8S has a wvga display

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  Reply # 729863 10-Dec-2012 16:42 Send private message

reven: yeah i just said to the guy "Can you do it for $380, someone on geekzone said they got it at that price from dick smith", he played with his computer for a bit and said "Sure"


sounds like the white ones are better (they do 850/900/2100) where the blue (vodafone) only does 900/2100

And never pay retail, always ask for a discount, worst they can say is no.

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  Reply # 729930 10-Dec-2012 18:51 Send private message

huh, never even thought there would be a difference between the two. glad i got the white one then :)

working fine on vodafone.

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