HTC 8X deals revealed, costs £350 on Three

Prices for the first Windows Phone 8 from HTC have emerged and it will set you back £350 on pay as you go.

Fancy an HTC 8X running brand-new Windows Phone 8 software? Time to scrabble through the coin jar for gold-coloured nuggets then, because phone network Three's prices have been revealed.

Reported by GSMArena, the 8X will be available on Three's existing deals including the One Plan, Essential tariff and Ultimate Internet contract. They start at £27 per month, which will cost you £110 for the phone itself -- or if you buy it on pay as you go, the 8X will set you back £350.

That's significantly -- and thankfully -- cheaper than the £530 price quoted by Amazon last month , which is a good thing. Windows Phone isn't well enough established to command iPhone premiums, so it's vital that the likes of the 8X can compete on price.

Fortunately, Three's deals aren't too expensive. For £34 per month, you can get an 8X for just £30 on the One Plan, which also nets you unlimited data, with tethering allowed.

The 8X is a 4.3-inch smart phone with a 720p high-definition screen, carrying a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 8-megapixel camera. While we like it, we're not convinced it's different enough from Windows Phone counterparts like the Nokia Lumia range.

Windows Phone 8 arrives on 29 October , just days after Microsoft's Windows 8 arrives for computers and tablets. Rivals to the 8X include the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 , and a rumoured phone from Microsoft itself . Prices for those phones are yet to be revealed, but let's hope that like the 8X they're cheaper than the first prices quoted .

What do you think of the Windows Phone prices? Will you be parting with your cash for a Windows Phone? Should Android and iPhone be worried? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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