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HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 users report Windows Phone 8 ‘random reboot’ issue

Windows Phone 8 is the latest mobile operating system to come out of Microsoft. Unfortunately, according to reports from customers who purchased these handsets, the software is causing the phones to randomly reboot.

The two handsets in question are the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920. Owners of the handsets have vented out their frustrations on a number of support forums, complaining about random reboots. Owners of Nokia’s current flagship are also complaining about poor battery life and the device freezing.

The threads can be found on WPCentral as well as Nokia and Microsoft support forums. The complaints started when the phones went on sale early this November.

On WPCentral, mberdych, a poster that started one of the threads, said, “So far, within 3 days of use, I have had 2 random reboots. Device just suddenly reboots itself, ending in PIN screen. Quite annoying.”

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the Windows Phone 8 device more affected by this issue. Aside from the random reboots, owners have also reported of their phones having poor battery life. If you are experiencing this problem and are thinking of solving the problem via a factory reset, don’t. Users who have resorted to a factory reset resulted in the device remaining in the Nokia splash screen, bricking the device.

Again on WPCentral, Brian McBride wrote, “I thought I’d hard reset my phone and start from scratch to see if I could get better battery life. Now it is stuck on the Nokia splash screen. Resetting it with the buttons only causes a vibrate, the AT&T logo, then back to the Nokia splash screen.”

We are yet to hear from Microsoft, HTC, and Nokia regarding the issue.

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Amazon offers HTC 8X for £530

A week before, one of HTC’s first handsets running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 was priced at £400 (HTC 8X). Now, its price has jumped up to £530. That’s an increase of £130. What’s the deal here?

The online retail giant Amazon is offering the Taiwanese firm’s Windows Phone 8X for £530. This includes free shipping. Despite offering free shipping, this is significantly more compared to the first price revealed by Expansys, an online retailer, which offered the 4.3-inch Windows Phone blower for £400. They also revealed that the smaller 4-inch Windows Phone 8S would set you back a more affordable £225. Amazon is yet to offer the 8S.

So how much will the 8X cost? Will it be around £400, or will it be £530? Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until November to find out for certain, since Microsoft will officially launch Windows 8 alongside Windows Phone 8 in November.

HTC is only one of the manufacturers to offer Windows Phone 8-powered handsets. Samsung was the first to unveil the Ativ S. It was followed by Nokia, unveiling the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. HTC followed Nokia by unveiling the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S.

The HTC 8X sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch HD display, and a 9-megapixel rear-facing camera. It is set to directly compete against the Nokia Lumia 920. The HTC 8S is a more affordable handset, sporting a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. It is set to compete against the Nokia Lumia 820.

Nokia, however, is reportedly planning to take legal action against HTC for copying the design of the Lumia 820 with its Windows Phone 8X.

Do you think Amazon revealed a more accurate price of the HTC 8X at £530, or do you think Expansys is right at £400? Share your thoughts through a comment on our Facebook page.

HTC’s first Windows Phone 8 handsets are the 8X and 8S

Samsung was the first to unveil their Windows Phone 8-powered handset the Ativ S. Nokia soon followed with the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Now, HTC is promoting their Windows Phone 8 handsets as well, the 8X and the 8S.

The HTC 8X is HTC’s high-end Windows Phone 8 handset. It sports a 4.3-inch 720p display. Other specs include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that can record 1080p videos, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera that can also record 1080p videos, and a 1.5GHz ducal-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

The HTC 8S sports a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, no front-facing camera, and a 1GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM. This makes the 8S HTC’s more affordable Windows Phone 8 handset.

Both phones come in a variety of brightly-hued colours. Sadly, unlike the Sensation XE and the One X, they do not come with a pair of Beats headphones. They come with a pair of HTC’s headphones. They do, however, sport Beats audio technology.

So when should you expect these phones to land in shops? Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 in November. If you are planning to get your hands on one of these beauties, expect these phones to hit shops in November.

From the looks of the phones’ official photos, they look absolutely stunning. However, it remains to be seen how these handsets or any Windows Phone 8 device will do against the top guns in the market, namely the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5.

How about you? Would you be interested in getting your hands on HTC’s Windows Phone 8 handsets, the 8X or the 8S, or would you rather get your hands on the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3? Share your thoughts through a comment on our Facebook page.