HTC, Microsoft and STC Group have just announced they have teamed up to offer customers in Saudi Arabia the next Windows Phone flagship smartphone, HTC 8X.
The smartphone will be exclusive to STC Group and will go on sale starting next month. No word on pricing options yet, but more details will be revealed closer to launch.
HTC is the first company to unveil details on its distributors in Middle East, but Nokia is expected to offer more info on its Windows Phone 8 devices as well, later this month.
“This strategic partnership promotes our vision in forming long-term, positive and mutually rewarding relationships with our main partners in the region, where we always seek to produce smart phones that embody pioneering technologies and innovative designs, as reflected in the advanced HTC Windows Phone 8X,” said Jon French, HTC vice president MEA at HTC.
The 8X is expected to be priced much cheaper than Nokia’s Lumia 920, but that’s quite alright given the smartphone’s specs sheet.
HTC’s Windows Phone 8
device sports a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720 x 1280 pixels) resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating.
Moreover, the phone might come in two storage options, 8GB or 16GB. Unfortunately, HTC 8X lacks the microSD card
slot for memory expansion.
However, HTC’s top-tier handset comes packed with Beats Audio technology for an enhanced multimedia experience.
In addition, the smartphone features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, autofocus and full HD (1080p) video recording. A secondary 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls is included as well.
“The announcement of this partnership today is a proof of the collaboration strength that gathered 3 of the communication industry leaders, where the customers in Saudi Arabia will be able to experience the latest smart phone technology with HTC Windows Phone 8X, operated by STC,” concluded Microsoft’s spokesperson attending the event.