Windows Phone 8 fans in the US patiently awaiting the release date lower-end HTC 8S have been dealt quite a blow over the weekend to say the least.
Critics and consumers alike have been wondering for quite some time why the Taiwanese company has remained so tight-lipped on the details. In fact, we’ve hear little more than a peep about the8S in any way, shape or form since the release date of the HTC 8X a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately – at least for some – HTC has now confirmed that it has no plans to line up an official US release date for the 8S Windows Phone, which will instead launch across other international markets on a date that still hasn’t been confirmed by the company.
While HTC hasn’t yet offered any explanation as to why the 8S has been held back from a US launch indefinitely, it seems most likely that the intention is to focus all efforts on pushing the flagship HTC 8X.
Of course, when and where the HTC 8S does eventually launch and see the light of day, chances are thousands will be turning up on US shores in their unlocked and SIM-free international versions. Sadly this will without a shadow of doubt bump up the price of the 8S significantly, which means that in some instances a buyer may be looking at a higher sticker-price in the US than that of its bigger brother, the HTC 8X.
In related news, the Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus update has been penciled in for an early 2013 launch and is set to include several key features not present in the current build. Having cited Microsoft as not being able to quite polish off Windows Phone 8 before what some have dubbed a rushed release this fall, Windows Phone 8 Apollo Plus is expected to support VPNs, while further enhancing audio and Wi-Fi functionality.