HTC has unleashed the blue version of its 8S smartphone which is now available for pre-order in the UK. Carphone Warehouse has put up a page where this affordabler Windows Phone 8 can be pre-ordered. Deliveries will begin 3 December. The 8X's smaller sibling features Beats Audio, a 4-inch touchscreen, 512 MB internal memory, and 4 GB storage, all of which will be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU.
For now the phone is not available for carriers other than Vodafone, and it comes with two different 24-month contracts. The phone is free when you pay £21 a month, otherwise it will cost you £100 when you switch to a £17-per-month plan. A SIM-only version of HTC's latest will be up for sales with a price tag of £230. O2, Orange and Three haven't responded yet but are likely to start offering contracts for the 8S soon.