HTC Windows Phone 8X

Verge Review

The Windows Phone 8X. Reversing a habit of putting merely a token effort into its Windows Phone range, HTC is greeting the launch of Microsoft’s eighth mobile OS with a handset that leaves no doubt about its flagship ambitions. The statement of intent that’s apparent from the look of the 8X — which immediately feels fresh, innovative and modern — is underlined by a bullish $99 price with AT&T in the US. For an LTE-capable phone without a single blemish on its spec sheet, that represents a...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.4 inches
Weight 0.29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers T-Mobile, AT&T, Other
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 8

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.21 inches
Width 2.61 inches
Thickness 0.4 inches
Weight 0.29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Yellow, Red, Black, Blue
Loudspeaker Yes

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology Super LCD 2
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 720 px
PPI 341
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers T-Mobile, AT&T, Other
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 1900, 850, 1800
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon S4
Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 2.1 megapixels
Video resolution 1080p

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 8

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable No

Recent News

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8.1

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  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 7

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    Reviewed by TzCzar (Currently owns)

    The prettiest phone on the market imo. Really nice to hold in the hand too.

    The screen appears to lag quite badly in its touch response and it's not AMOLED, so it can't do proper black. This is actually quite important for the default UI which relies to much on black. I've given up and gone for the light theme.

    The transition animations stutter quite a lot although the overall performance is OK. I'm not a fan of the cameras but they're OK too. The power button takes some getting used to (finding it with your finger isn't easy) and it isn't a patch on Nokia's side mounted button.

    The battery, surprisingly, is actually really good. You can get almost 3 days with light use! Lasts a full day with really heavy use.

    Overall, it's OK but even a cheap Nokia shows WP in a better light.

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    Reviewed by rickrizzo (Currently owns)

    I've owned this phone for a while now and coming from and Android, this is a fantastic phone. I love it. There are really no flaws in my opinion. The apps are coming too. Snapchat is announced, Vine clients are coming, we have an instagram client. WP FOR THE WIN

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by klax (Currently owns)

    After a few weeks using this phone, I can say that the HTC Windows Phone 8X has an excellent design thanks to its curved lines and monochassis colorful body, which is also great to hold.

    The screen has one of the highest pixel density in the market and, while it is a little bit small for today standards, it should be big enough for most users.

    Performance in applications and games is excellent, and Windows 8 interface moves smoothly thanks to the Snapdragon S4 dual core processor at 1.5GHz and 1GB of RAM. Unfortunately the internal storage is quite limited with only 16GB.

    The camera performance is quite good, also not as good as the Nokia Lumia 920 in low light conditions. If you want to see a comparison between pictures taken by HTC Windows Phone 8X, HTC One X+ and Nokia Lumia 920 check this analisis del HTC Windows Phone 8X article (text in Spanish but pictures can be easily found)

    Finally, its price tag makes this telephone a very attractive option for anyone looking for a Windows Phone 8 device.

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    Reviewed by OmarMhaimdat (Currently owns)

    Well I have to say that the HTC 8X is the most beautiful phone that I have ever used (and I have tried the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy note 2 and the nexus4 ), but there is two mayor problem, the lack of notification center and as always with Windows Phone the lack of some mayor application like flipboard or instagram or youtube ...

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by clindhartsen (Currently owns)

    After being on Android for 6 months I jumped back to Windows Phone and the 8X was my best choice on Verizon. Design is solid, the phone is actually great to the touch and overall is great to use, though that power button on the top is a little bit of a reach until you adapt to it. The display is clear and 720P. Front facing camera is quite nice with the wide lenses, back facing camera is pretty good as well but can take some settings adjustment at night to get good photos. Performance has been pretty good though I've noticed a number of annoying bugs that hopefully will be solved in software updates. The app ecosystem still isn't strong but it has most of what I want. Overall would recommend the device if you're interested in Windows Phone.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by kingraven24 (Currently owns)

    HTC are really trying to make a name for themselves with Windows Phone. And for good reason, as there's a lot of upside to making a killer WP8 device. The 8X does a great job in having its own identity and standing out on looks alone. Currently, I own a few different WP8 and WP7 devices (Titan 2, Focus, Radar, Lumia 920, 8X), and out of all of them, I love the 920 the most overall. But what makes the HTC WP 8X such a cool device is the Beats audio. Don't let anyone call it gimmicky. I plugged a pair of Monster Inspiration headphones (ironically advertised to the right of this review as I'm writing it), and was BLOWN AWAY. I pulled up Kill The Noise's "Rockers" and "Black Magic Pt 2" to test the audio capabilities. The headphones sounded great, but when I engaged the Beats audio, it took everything to the next level. The phone also features wide-angle camera technology for video chatting,. Nothing is bad about this phone. The Super LCD 2 screen is sharp. However, I had hoped HTC were going to throw down a 4.5-4.7" screen, like their Titan series. In addition, the ergonomics of the phone leave something to be desired. It doesn't fit in my hands as gently as a Lumia 920, so I'm not as excited to handle the phone. The HTC 8X is a great relaunch for the company in the Windows Phone market, one that shows the could be more serious about making a killer WP handset than Android handsets. To repeat what one editor said, I'm excited for the phones that build upon the 8X and Lumia 920, as they're likely to be incredible devices that cast shadows over the rest of the handset industry.

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    Reviewed by ziplobob4 (Currently owns)

    I've had bad experiences before with HTC handsets: breaking hinges, dislodged charging ports, etc. The 8X however makes me forget all those bad experiences in a heartbeat. It is easily the most beautiful phone I have ever seen and anyone who sees it sitting on a table stops to look and hold it. When HTC said it would be the most comfortable handset to hold, I whole heartedly agreed but I have uncommonly large hands so my opinion is less influential than those with average hand sizes.

    The Pros:

    - Attractive
    - Light Weight
    - Scratch Resistant
    - Excellent Camera (not on the level with the 920 or iPhone 5 but very close in normal lighting conditions)
    - Responsive Screen
    - Unibody Polycarbonate Design
    - WP8 (has enormous improvements over WP7.5)
    - Amplified Headphone Jack
    - Good Call Quality

    The Cons:

    - WP8 is still an infant and I've already experienced sound and feature glitches
    - Front facing camera captures at a slow frame rate
    - No micro-sd card slot
    - Screen washes out blacks at diagonal viewing angles but has excellent viewing angles vertically and horizontally
    - Noticeable heat when using LTE
    - Beats audio feature is a gimmick (creates lots of distortion).

    Conclusion:

    Overall the HTC 8X has thoroughly impressed me. I would recommend it to anyone ready for a new mobile experience like that of Windows Phone 8. If you've been waiting to get onboard with Windows Phone the 8X is your ticket in. Keep in mind however that WP8 is still a new operating system and that while there are many improvements it isn't the most reliable operating system available. If your looking for unending stability and a massive ecosystem go back to iOS because its lonely and cold here in windows. Want to control every bit of your phone and multitask your butt off? Go back to Android, windows is turning into a walled garden with little to no control over your background tasks. If you however want a great mixture of what iOS and Android encompass; customization with simplicity, Windows Phone might be down you alley.

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