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HTC has no short-term plan to sell 8S smartphone in US

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's HTC Corp. said yesterday that it will not sell its new 8S smartphone using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 8 operating system in the United States in the near term, in a bid to focus on high-end sales.

“The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is our signature Windows Phone available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S.,” HTC said in a statement.

“With our focus on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market,” the Taoyuan-based firm said.

The statement came as HTC has not offered further details on pricing and availability of the 8S phone in the U.S. since it was launched more than two months ago.

The company unveiled two Windows Phone 8 smartphones on Sept. 19 in New York. The HTC 8X and the HTC 8S feature Beats audio technology and improved camera capabilities.

Separately, HTC remains the fifth-largest mobile phone maker in the United States, according to data compiled recently by the research firm comScore.

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