HTC decided that a single Windows Phone device is enough for the US market and will thus focus all its efforts on promoting the better model – 8X. The Windows Phone 8S by HTC (its official name) will be available in other parts of the world while US citizens will have to get it unlocked from importers. Can’t say you should be sorry about this cause the price difference between 8X and 8S wouldn’t be more than $100 on a contract. And if you still want a lower-end smartphone running latest version of Microsoft’s platform, you can always go for Nokia’s Lumia 8xx (though we suggest Lumia 920, instead).
Here’s HTC’s short statement on the matter:
The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is our signature Windows Phone available at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the U.S. 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.
Again, not a big deal.