HTC 8XT Announced for Sprint, First Windows 8 Smartphone with HTC BoomSound

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HTC 8XTOn Wednesday HTC and Sprint announced the HTC 8XT, one of two phones that will serve as the carrier’s first devices running the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Launching alongside the Samsung ATIV S Neo, the 8XT will incorporate one of the key features from HTC’s flagship One handset: the front-facing speakers with BoomSound, making it the first Windows 8 handset to use the technology. The 8XT will also offer a soft-to-touch tapered design and a 4.3-inch display, though the resolution was not specified. The Windows 8 smartphone will house a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, as well as 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory with microSD support. The device will also offer 4G LTE support and a 1,800 mAh lithium-ion battery.

Additionally, the handset will incorporate an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and an LED flash, along with a 1.6MP front-facing camera. The rear camera will feature an f/2.0 aperture, offering better performance in bright-light and low-light situations. The handset will also offer a multi-shot burst mode and the ability to shoot video while simultaneously capturing photos.

The HTC 8XT Windows 8 smartphone will be available this summer for $100 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement, and a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card. Sprint has noted in a press release that more information regarding the exact release date and retail locations will be provided at later date.

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