The HTC 8X Review – Specs and Features Round up

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HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

HTC has been taking one too many blows from Samsung and other competitors in recent years and has barely survived in the face of Samsung’s seemingly unstoppable line of Galaxy series warriors. However, with the release of HTC 8X this year, the Taiwan based manufacturer seems to have finally made an offering to the god of Smartphones that is sure to win it his favour.

HTC 8X Review

Featuring Windows Phone 8 Mobile OS – the OS everyone has been waiting for. HTC has high hopes for this flagship smartphone, and these hopes seem quite reasonable. For starters, Microsoft has been spending heavily on advertising this new OS and the demand for Windows based smartphones is on the rise. Then there is the fact that its selection of colours gives everyone a chance to own an HTC 8X. There is muted black for uber-serious professionals, red and purple if you want to blend professional chic with elegance, and yellow for those aiming for a funkier look.


The HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

With dimensions of 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm (5.21 x 2.61 x 0.40 in) and weighing 130 g (4.59 oz.), the HTC 8X is not petit by any standards, but it is still stylishly thin. The rounded edges and slightly curved back enable it to nestle perfectly into your palm and the rubbery finish provides all the grip one can possibly ask for. Image Source: Gadgetmac

Processor, GPU, RAM, and Storage

The smartphone features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and 1GB of memory, which enable it to run Microsoft Windows 8 quite efficiently. You won’t notice any lag when opening apps on the HTC 8X. The internal storage capacity is a very decent 16GB, but since there’s no card slot to expand storage, some users may find that an issue. The 7GB cloud storage provided by SkyDrive helps a bit, but 23GB is still too little storage space for some heavy content consumers.


The HTC 8X Being held to show off its screen size.

The HTC 8X features an impressive multi touch S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 342ppi, which is higher than even the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5. However, it has to be said that its colour output and definition do not compare to those delivered by the iPhone 5. Image Source: jfingas


There is the usual selection of standard connectivity options – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth v3.1 with A2DP, NFC (near-field communications) and microUSB v2.0 port. Unfortunately, unlike its U.S. counterpart, the UK version of HTC 8X doesn’t support 4G mobile network, now this is a huge downside especially if you live in one of the areas already covered by EE 4G.


HTC 8X Camera Features

The HTC 8X has a nice 8MP rear-facing camera with a dedicated two-stage camera/shutter button. It’s great to be able to half-press to focus. The image quality is great and the Colours appear very natural. You can record video footage in up to full 1080p HD – no surprise there. The auto-focus may sometimes take a little while to get up and running, but the HTC 8X delivers great video footage. The front-facing camera is great too. It delivers 2.1MP stills and full-HD (1080p@30fps) video. Image Source: mastermaq

Operating System

As mentioned earlier, the smartphone features Windows Phone 8, which resembles its predecessor – Windows Mobile 7 – but includes several new features. For starters, the Start Screen is a lot more customisable than that of Windows Mobile 7. It’s made up of live tiles available in many sizes. The larger a tile, the more information it will display. There are many other exciting features like Rooms (you can privately share content from within the People Hub using this feature) and Kids Corner (a customised mode for kids). Find out more about WP8


The phone comes with its own selection of apps, such as Converter, Flashlight, Photo Enhancer and HTC (an app that provides weather information, stocks and news, etc.). But unless Microsoft does something quick to improve the selection of apps available from the Windows phone store, the lack of a wide selection of apps and the fact that big names are missing from the existing selection will render the Windows Mobile 8 OS platform and mobiles based on it quite unimpressive, if not entirely useless.

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Final Verdict

All in all, the HTC 8X is a great phone that looks good, feels good and works well. It definitely has the potential of becoming the go-to phone for users looking for a great Windows based smartphone. What is suprising is how Microsoft seems to be dragging its feet from an app point of view, hopefully more developers will get on board soon! Please let us know what you think of the HTC 8X and its features by leaving a comment.

Written By Darren Wall aka prepay

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