Virgin Mobile to release the HTC 8S, inventory shows $279.99 outright

Ian Hardy

December 5, 2012 7:27am


We posted news a couple days ago that showed a few accessories for the Windows Phone 8S by HTC arrived in Bell’s inventory system, this is a good indication that a launch is imminent. If you’ve been holding out to score this entry-level WP8 device then you’ll have another option on your hands. We’ve received an internal screenshot that reveals the 8S will also be heading towards Virgin Mobile in the coming weeks. The price? How does $279 outright sound?

THe 8S has a 4-inch display (480×800 resolution), 5MP camera that shoots 720p HD videos,  a 1 GHz dual-core processor, Beats Audio and it looks like we’ll get the blue version. We’ll bring you more info about the official launch date soon.

(Thanks tipster!)

  • 8-down

    this isnt possible

  • Len

    its a fairly good deal… too bad telus doesnt have it… be a nice replacement for my mom’s optimus 7

  • Bob C

    Love you virgin thanks

  • Sgt.Romanov

    hmmm interesting , very interesting (hand on chin) good price

    • Sgt.Romanov

      If it doesn’t come unlocked , then NAH!!

  • HighClassFrenchCricket

    good price, i will now purchase one for myself

  • Cal

    The 710 was cheaper when it was on rogers and that was an entry level device.

    It boggles my mind that HTC would even contemplate on producing this thing. It’s the lowest spec’d Windows Phone 8 Device out right now. There’s no 1080p video recording. 1Ghz processor compared to the 1.5 on the rest of the Windows Phone line up. 5mp camera. 4Gbs of onboard Storage (WTF?!) when everyone else has a minimum of 16 (excluding the lame 8X that was the only one that has 8gbs out of all the windowsphones)

    HTC put more effort into design over specs. They met the minimum requirements of microsoft unlike Nokia and Samsung.

    They didn’t keep their promise for this year for making more “Hero” devices. They made ONE hero device and that’s the ONE X and then they rehashed that and had the One X+ cause it wasn’t good enough to compete with the S3 still…

    Now you’re making mid to low end devices (ie. HTC One VX, HTC Desire X, HTC One S, HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE.)

    Get yourself together HTC.

    • caribouroader

      Hey Cal,

      What’s your problem with HTC? Geez……..

  • Len

    @ Cal…
    its a dual core 1ghz device…
    Before you start complain about it, remember that WP8 doesn’t need the specs of Android to run smoothly and efficiently… it was built from the ground up to work with less…

    I mean look @ the 920 and 8x they both run 1.5ghz dual core… they are flagship models… do you expect that the 8s would run 1.5ghz as well?

    Every company needs a flagship model and mid-low range models…

    I think most people forget that the people who need/want flagship models are geeks and nerds like us or people influenced by us…

    When I go shopping for my mom for tech… i dont think whats the best out there, I think what will my mom need…

    I can tell you that my family does not need a 920 or 8x

  • SC

    Lumia 620 is coming out in Q1 with the same specs with a smaller display

  • crunch204

    now THATS a bonafide price!

  • Hilman

    Quad core, 4.7″ IPS, 2 GB RAM, Android 4.2 Nexus 4 for $30 more or this, hmmmmmm, that’s a pretty tough call lol.

    • Henaway

      Except they’re unavailable right now … for the rest of the year. And there will probably be ample stock of the 8S. (Likely because far fewer people will want one.)

      Really, at the price, it becomes a very attractive option for people who don’t want a contract and aren’t high demand technophiles. Or who busted their phone 6 months into a 3 year contract and need a phone to use in a pinch.

    • Darth Paton

      @hilman: Ironically the 8S will still run smoother

  • MC Gin

    Not a bad price, but between HTC 8S or Nokia 820, I would prefer 820 because it has NFC.

    • caribouroader

      Yah…but price-wise you should compare to the 610, not 810.

  • Marckus

    Between HTC 8S or Nokia 820, I would prefer 820 because it has NOKIA written on it

    • Ants

      I would probably prefer the 8S because it’s smaller and lighter. I loved my Nokia 8390, but frankly their latest stuff hasn’t been up to par.

  • Calvin

    Dang, seems like a really good price. I was a big fan of the Nokia 810 and this seems like the only device that matches that mid range WP7 device.

    The current crop of WP8 phones are just too big for my liking. Can’t wait to see one of the 8s in store.

  • oil5darling

    I could see this getting released on Fido soon too.

  • Jesse B

    Huh, not too bad….just unlock it and Telus can finally utilize at least one WP8….

  • len

    Well I hope telus will release this phone.
    Since they have the 610 the 620 is a perfect little upgrade