HTC brings two smartphones with Windows Phone 8 OS

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HTC brings two smartphones with Windows Phone 8 OS

TThe HTC 8X and 8S smartphones have dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor inside them. HTC has finally announced two Microsoft Windows Phone 8 based smartphones. Named as HTC 8X and HTC 8S, the smartphones feature a new unibody design based on the Windows Phone Live Tiles styling and come with premium matte finish in all colours. The HTC 8X is a top end Windows Phone 8 device with 720p HD native resolution bearing display while the HTC 8S is a mid-range device that lacks a front facing camera. HTC plans to make the new 8X and 8S available in over 50 countries starting this November. Earlier, as The Mobile Indian had also reported, HTC was said to have been working on three Windows Phone 8 based devices codenamed as Accord, Rio and Zenith. Recently the details of the HTC 8X had surfaced online as well. Just like the new One series, HTC has employed a similar model names and design strategy with the new Windows Phone 8 based smartphones.

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HTC 8X The HTC 8X features a 4.3-inch S-LCD 2 touchscreen display, manufactured using the new Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology for great durability, slim glass panel and scratch-resistance. This display features 1280x720 pixel resolution natively and offers 341 pixels per inch pixel density. HTC has also added a layer of optical lamination for better sharpness, clarity and also to reduce the light reflection. That means the content on the screen would be legible even in bright daylight. HTC has packed a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor along with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB on-board storage. This smartphone supports LTE networks along with 3G networks and offers wireless connectivity options through Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and faster dual-band WiFi. At the back, the HTC 8X flaunts an 8 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and ultra-wide angle lens to capture more details. HTC has added dedicated ImageChip for faster focus and also deliver clear, sharp images. This camera is capable of recording 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second and HTC has provided dedicated camera button for this device. The 8X also has a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera for high quality video call and chat. HTC has integrated the Beats Audio technology along with exclusively built-in amplifiers and also offered support for Near Field Communication. The HTC 8X has non-removable 1800 mAh battery and weighs about 130 grams with battery - almost same as the HTC One X. Surprisingly, there is no mention about expandable storage and we believe that it does not offer any.

Nexus 7 Vs. The World: Our favorite cheap tablets

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Nexus 7 Vs. The World: Our favorite cheap tablets

If you’re in the market for a small tablet (say around the 7-inch mark) then you are spoiled for choice right now. There are some great options on the market, persistent rumors about some impending new releases, and prices are getting competitive. Let’s take a look at the contenders, kicking off with the Android platform. All three of these Android tablets are priced at $200 (for the 8GB versions) and they all have 7-inch displays. You can see a full comparison table in our Nexus 7 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: $200 tablet showdown.

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Nexus 7
Our Nexus 7 review makes it pretty clear that Google’s 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet is a beauty. It’s cheap; it’s feature-packed; and it runs the very latest version of the Android platform. With a class-leading quad-core processor and a high resolution IPS LCD screen (1280 x 800 pixels), what’s not to like? The lack of a microSD card slot disappointed some people, and the Nexus 7 depends on Wi-Fi (there’s no mobile network option), but beyond that it’s an impressive piece of kit. Kindle Fire
Amazon’s offering has been around for a while now. It’s a solid device and Amazon is able to link in a great selection of content, but specs-wise it pales in comparison with the Nexus 7. If you primarily want an e-reader then go for a cheap Kindle. If you want a tablet then go for the Nexus 7. The Kindle Fire simply isn’t the best at anything at the moment, though that may change this week. Amazon is rumored to announce a new Kindle Fire.

Nokia, Microsoft’s latest offering: Lumia 920 out today

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Nokia, Microsoft’s latest offering: Lumia 920 out today

Nokia and Microsoft Corp will take the wraps off the struggling European company’s most powerful smartphone on Wednesday, in what may be their last major shot at winning back a market lost to Apple , Samsungand Google. The world’s largest software maker and the Finnish company that once dominated the cellphone market will showcase the device in New York on Wednesday morning and demo it for industry insiders about the same time in Helsinki. Microsoft and Nokia hope the new Lumia will become a potent weapon in an escalating global mobile industry war. Google’s Motorola Mobility intends to show off its latest smartphone on Wednesday, Amazon.com Inc will unwrap new Kindle Fire tablets the day after, and Apple is expected to unveil the latest version of its seminal iPhone on 12 September. Samsung Electronics says it will sell its own Windows phone as early as next month. The Lumia 920 and smaller Lumia 820 will run on the latest Windows Phone operating software, which Microsoft hopes will rival Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android to become a third mobile platform. If the new phones do not appeal to consumers, it could spell the end for loss-making Nokia and deal a serious blow to Microsoft’s attempts to regain its footing in the market. Leaked pictures of the two models show a similar look to Nokia’s previous Windows phones, but analysts say these alone will not be enough to turn the corner. “There have to be more devices, and their features have to stand out more. There has to be a ‘wow’ device,” said Hannu Rauhala, analyst at Pohjola Bank, who cut his recommendation on Nokia’s shares to “reduce” on Tuesday. The stakes are high for both Nokia and Microsoft. The Finnish handset maker has logged more than 3 billion euros in operating losses in the past 18 months, forcing it to cut 10,000 jobs and pursue asset sales. Its share of the global smartphone market has plunged to less than 10 percent from 50 percent during its heyday, before the iPhone was launched in 2007. Windows phones have only captured 3.7 percent of the global smartphone market, according to Strategy Analytics. Android phones have 68 percent, while Apple has 17 percent. For Microsoft, successful Lumia sales could convince more handset makers and carriers to support its Windows Phone 8 software, which promises faster performance and a customizable start screen. Last week Samsung became the first to announce a smartphone running Windows Phone 8, at the IFA trade show in Berlin. But it was not able to provide the model to visitors at the show.

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ECOSYSTEM WARRIORS Apple’s first iPhone revolutionized the mobile industry, popularizing the model of a third-party developer “ecosystem,” today considered pivotal to the success of any operating system. Part of the reason for the limited success of Windows phones is that they support only 100,000 or so apps, compared with about 500,000 or more for Android or iPhones. There is also the interconnection between apps and content, typified by Apple’s iTunes and iCloud, which share content across devices, that acts as a powerful disincentive to switch between vendors. “Much has been made of Windows Phone emerging as ‘the third ecosystem’ in mobile. This is a huge task in itself, but Apple’s and Google’s entrenched positions where consumers have already invested heavily in apps and content makes switching platforms less attractive,” said Ben Wood from mobile sector research firm CCS Insight. The new phone software is similar to the Windows 8 desktop and tablet software to be released on October 26, making it easier for developers to write apps for both, and Microsoft hopes this will boost the platform’s popularity. But the Windows operating system is by no means universally popular in the PC market, so consumers will not necessarily come to the mobile phone equivalent with unalloyed goodwill. “Consumer perceptions of the Windows brand have been shaped by PC usage. Although Windows 8 will help, there is still plenty of work required to overcome historical prejudices in the transition to mobile,” said Wood. The new Lumias could, however, benefit from the continuing decline in Research In Motion Ltd’s BlackBerry, and also from a recent legal blow to the Android operating system. A California jury decided last month that some of Samsung’s hot-selling Android smartphones copied features of the iPhone, which may result in import bans and drive handset makers to put more resources into making Windows-based phones. But for Nokia and Microsoft to exploit that window of opportunity, it must first find favour with consumers, who so far have shown little enthusiasm for smartphones with Windows software. Article source : http://www.firstpost.com