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When AT&T unveiled their Windows Phone 8 lineup last November, it was apparent that Nokia's Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 were the best bargains of the bunch. Each retailed for $99 and $49 on contract respectively, which was no doubt attractive for the features and exclusive app selection found on both. Unfortunately for HTC, the two variants of the Windows Phone 8X couldn't compete in price with the 16 GB version retailing for $199 and the 8 GB version for $99 on contract. Well we don't know when it happened, but AT&T has wised up and decided to drop the official price on each version of the Windows Phone 8X.
The Windows Phone 8X now goes toe-to-toe with Nokia: the 16 GB version retails for an enticing $99 on contract, while the 8 GB version has crept into bargain bin territory with a $49 asking price on contract. Interestingly the discount also applies to the off-contract pricing for each variant, where the 16 GB now goes for $449 and the 8 GB now goes for $399. This implies AT&T has permanently discounted the price, rather than it being a limited time promotion though we're not entirely certain.
Now that HTC's flagship is more affordable on AT&T, we have to say it's a lot tougher to pick between it and the Nokia Lumia 920 or 820 at each price point. The only category which Nokia decisively wins is in storage, where the 920 comes with 32 GB and the 820 comes with 8 GB plus a MicroSD card slot (something the 8 GB version of the HTC 8X lacks). Yet if you compare the Lumia 820 to the 8GB Windows Phone 8X, HTC wins with its 4.3-inch 720p display compared to a similarly sized WVGA display on Nokia's mid-ranger.
It's a tough choice, but if you've been on the fence about HTC's Windows Phone 8X now is as good a time as any to pick one up.
Source: AT&T (8 GB, 16 GB)