HTC 8XT for Sprint
HTC 8XT for Sprint

Sprint stood on the sidelines while AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and even T-Mobile introduced Windows Phone 8 handsets months ago. The nation’s third largest carrier today announced it will soon offer a Windows Phone 8 handset when it begins selling the HTC 8XT next week.

Sprint has also chosen to make the 8XT its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone because it will debut on July 19, ahead of the Samsung ATIV S Neo that was announced the same day as the 8XT last month. Sprint will sell the HTC 8XT for $99.99, after $50 mail-in rebate when purchased, when purchased with a two-year agreement.

The HTC 8XT is a retooling of the kind of Windows Phones that HTC introduced last year. It has a 4.3-inch WVGA display, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 1,800 mAh battery. It also has BoomSound stereo front-facing speakers, giving it the distinction of being the first Windows Phone 8 handset with that feature. Full specs include:

- 4.3-inch, WVGA resolution

- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.4GHz dual-core CPUs

- 8GB of built-in storage, 64GB microSD slot

- Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.6 x .39 inches (LxWxT)

- Weight: 4.9 ounces with battery

- 1,800 mAh Lithium Ion battery

- 8GB ROM, 64GB microSD, 1GB RAM

- 8MP camera with BSI, f2.0 lens
- 1.6MP front-facing camera

- Bluetooth 3.0

- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

- Sprint 4G LTE

- HTC BoomSound dual front-facing stereo speakers

- Beats Audio integration for studio-quality sound

By Andrew Kameka