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Sprint Hops Aboard the Windows 8 Train With $100 HTC 8XT Smartphone

Beginning next Friday, July 19, Sprint will be offering one of its first Windows 8-based phones, the HTC 8XT, for $100 after a rebate. The HTC 8XT is comparable to HTC’s midrange 8S, but is the first Windows 8 smartphone to come with “BoomSound,” which means that it has dual front-facing stereo speakers and a dedicated amplifier. The 8XT has a 4.3-inch display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera. Sprint is also expected to launch the Windows 8-based Samsung Ativ S Neo sometime this summer.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus