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Last night I was finally able to get my hands on all the Windows Phone devices here at the UK launch event. The impressions are by no means reviews but simply my feelings at this crucial hands-on moment.

Here are my thoughts from the evening as I get my hands on the HTC 8s and HTC 8x, Samsung ATIV S, Lumia 820 and of course the Lumia 920.

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HTC 8X Windows Phone photo samples

HTC's brought its top-notch camera hardware to the Windows Phone 8X, including an 8MP rear shooter with f/2.0 aperture and BSI (backside illuminated) image sensor. In addition, there's a specially designed HTC ImageChip on-board for faster photo capture. What that means is some pretty impressive stills. Check 'em out after the break.

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With today's announcement of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft shed a little light on hardware availability. Windows Phone 8 devices will become available through various European providers this weekend. We will see U.S.. and global availability roll out through the month of November.

In the U.S.. Market look for look for Verizon to offer the Lumia 822, HTC 8X and a new Samsung Odyssey (December release). AT&T will offer the Lumia 920, 820, and the HTC 8X. Pricing was not made available for Verizon or AT&T and availability was described as "sometime in November".

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Verizon HTC 8X (L) and the Nokia Lumia 822 (R)

As we get closer and closer to the big Windows Phone 8 reveal on Monday, some more tidbits are coming out about Verizon.

In this case, a tipster sent us these lovely photos of the HTC 8X (in “California Blue”) and the all-white Lumia 822, a phone of which we have never seen “real” photos of before but only a render in white. Personally, we think the device looks darn good in white and is a better choice than black (the other color it comes in).

Other info: the tipster confirms the leaked prices we had from earlier in the week. The Lumia 822 will be $99 on contract while the HTC 8X will go for $199—substantially more, but worth it for some due to its eye-catching looks and higher specs.

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Much has been said about Microsoft getting ready to release a whole bunch of new products, but it’s easy to forget that smaller markets often get left out, and don’t get anything close to the US release dates. But here’s some good news for you South African folk. You will be receiving Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 devices in the very near future!

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Windows Phone 8 is almost upon us but before that we still have Windows 8 launch to get through. Looks like retailers in the Singapore are going to use that weekend to start pushing the HTC 8X in a promo sale.

The offer is set to last for three days only from 26th to the 28th of October, this is way ahead of the official launch on 3rd November so this could be one to look out for.

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The three OEMs down together

Rogers has pledged strong support for Windows Phone 8 through the announcement of both exclusivities and hardware that makes use of Microsoft's latest mobile system. This mirrors the strong carrier support we've seen so far here in the UK. We managed to get some hands-on action with said devices, so be sure to pop on past the break for all the photos.

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The AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X Windows Phones are now available for pre-order at Best Buy.

The advertisement went up early this morning and lists the Lumia 920 as being available in yellow, red, white, cyan and black. The price... $149.99 with new activation and $599.99 unactivated.

The HTC 8X is being offered in purple for $99.99 with new activation and $599.99 unactivated.

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STC exclusively grabs the HTC 8X

STC (Saudi Telecoms Company) Group has signed a strategic partnership with both HTC and Microsoft to exclusively launch the 8X Windows Phone in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is a leap into offering the Apollo experience to the region, and for STC to hold exclusive rights on HTC's flagship. The announcement comes concurrently with the GITEX GulfComms exhibition, and we'll likely see STC launch the handset in November.

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Today Rogers announced that they'll be the exclusive carrier for the Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC 8X, and the Samsung ATIV S. Apparently the 920 and the 8 GB 8X will be exclusives. Rogers will also be offrering the Samsung ATIV Windows tablet as well. 

Of course, there's no information on specific prices or dates just yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled. Rogers president Rob Bruce says that the devices will be priced "competitively". We at least know that the 920 will be landing sometime in November, and we've had an inkling that the ATIV S would be launching in the same time frame. The 8X was also announced not too long ago, so not a ton of surprises here, but Rogers and Microsoft are definitely cementing their partnership today. Bruce said that there's going to be a big focus on Microsoft products from here on in, though they're still about offering as much choice as possible. We're at Rogers HQ right now, so with any luck we'll get some hands-on time later today (though I'm not holding my breath). 

Source: CNW

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Expansys UK is has listed the HTC 8X and 8S as available for pre-order. The HTC 8X is listed for £399.99 and the HTC 8S is listed for £239.99.  It is our understanding that shipping dates for the 8X will be November 2, 2012 and the 8S will ship shortly thereafter on November 15, 2012.

In looking at other Expansys sites, both HTC Windows Phone 8 devices appear to be available for pre-order across the board.  On Expansys U.S. the HTC 8X (unlocked) will run $629.99 and the HTC 8S (unlocked) will run $349.99. 

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A Windows Phone Central reader, who chooses to remain anonymous, has sent us photos of Best Buy's upcoming store ad for October 21-27 that lists the HTC 8X as available for pre-order, both in-store and online. The flyer fails to list carrier or pricing information, but the depicted device is AT&T branded. We know from previous announcements that Verizon and T-Mobile will also be getting HTC's flagship WP8 phone. Being that Best Buy offers phones from those carriers as well, it wouldn't be shocking to find the 8X up for pre-order from all three on the same day.

The 8X is HTC's premium Windows Phone 8 offering. It sports a 4.3” Super LCD2 display with Gorilla Glass2 at 720P resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It also has a 8MP camera and NFC. HTC is hoping to set the 8X apart from the competition by partnering with Beats Audio to include advanced audio software and a 2.55v amplifier for increased sound quality.

Thanks, for the pics, Anonymous!

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We know that AT&T will be offering the HTC 8X Windows Phone but a tipster has let it slip that AT&T may be offering the 8X in 8GB and 16GB versions.

The information on the 8GB version came to light in a training session. At first we were thinking the 8GB version was the 8S but AT&T has only announced the availability of the 8X.  It's possible that AT&T will offer two storage size options for the HTC 8X with the 8GB being sold at a lower cost (much like we see with the iPhone).

Could HTC be offering AT&T customers a choice with two version of the 8X? If so, would you jump on the 8GB version of the 8X if the savings were right? Speaking of which, pricing wasn't mentioned on the AT&T HTC 8X tip.

The nice thing about all these rumors is that we don't have too terribly long to wait until everything comes into focus.

Source: Neowin

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The HTC 8S, the company's mid-level Windows Phone 8 handset, is on its way to US Cellular, according to a thread created on TeamUSCellular. Member iRub1Out published a number of handsets that are heading to the US carrier, but of course we're only interested in Windows Phone.

While the source is no way official confirmation, we can at least expect US Cellular to pick up a Windows Phone, and the HTC 8S looks the likely candidate. It's definitely a possibility, but be sure to take this rumour with a grain of salt as usual.

The carrier had previously signed a deal with ZTE to stock its 'Render' (Orbit) Windows Phone 7.8 handset.

Source: TeamUSCellular; thanks, Dan, for the heads up!

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