HTC Windows Phone 8X – Specs and Review

HTC launched the Windows Phone 8-8X which is supposed to be top model came into the trade. This smartphone has been developed in collaboration with Microsoft and is considered along with the HTC 8S as a reference model, or “Signature Phone” for Windows Phone 8th We looked at the new model in more detail.

Design, feel and handling of the HTC 8X

The HTC 8X features like the One series about a uni-body enclosure. The material of the housing is made of matte plastic with a rubberized surface that feels good in the hand and grip to slip is not to say. The device is approximately 130 grams heavy, and unlike the Nokia Lumia 920 (our test)  light, HTC’s flagship product with its 10.1 mm only slightly thinner than the top model of the Finns, but feels strongly thanks to its beveled corners around much slim as it is. Taking it for the first time in my hand, it looks pretty edgy – after a while you get used to it, however, are likely to form opinions differ on this.

In terms of processing, there is nothing to complain – the case is handled properly, the rear bottom to-find speakers with Beats Audio sound consists of many individually milled, fine holes and produces a surprisingly clean sound. Likewise, on the back of a megapixel camera with BSI sensor is fitted with an LED flash. As with nearly all current smartphones can be emerging of the battery is not a micro-SD card slot for memory expansion is missing.

On the right side above the volume rocker is a slot for the microSIM card, the power button is on the top of the unit and is easily accessible for my taste a bit awkward – with smartphones from 4.3 inches up, he heard from an ergonomic point of view on the page. To an audio jack connectors (above) and a microUSB port are integrated (bottom center). With the 1280 x 720 pixel high-resolution 4.3-inch display is seamlessly integrated with the unibody enclosure – the pixel density of 341ppi is more than neat. Comparing the display surface of the Lumia 920 and 8X, the Nokia phone ahead, since the frictional resistance is felt less. This can be noticed only when both devices at the same time has to use.


HTC 8X – the Intrinsic Values

As already mentioned, the 8X. A 4.3 inch HD-LCD2 display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels on board, which reproduces colors very neat and not hide behind the screen of the successful HTC One X needs Also the performance of the built-S4-1.5 GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, which is supported by 1GB RAM convince can. However, the CPU tends in resource-intensive computing processes to heat – especially during games and playing back 1080p movies can this happen. Since the Nokia Lumia 920 is not the case, although the same chip on board, this could be due to a less optimized heat dissipation in slim case. For other smartphones (eg the Galaxy Nexus), this can also be observed and is not necessarily a negative review.

Although Microsoft now allows the use of a microSD card slot, the HTC has built 8X no, so you have to live with permanently installed 16GB memory. Those who do not permanently his entire music library must carry with them will come nevertheless rightly so. In addition, Windows-Phone-8-users also via Xbox Music can sprinkle from the cloud.

As for the battery endurance, then delivers 8X quite satisfactory results – the 1.800mAh battery brings a relaxed through the day and even more economical use two. If it is a little tight but you can activate the power saving mode, which is default on Windows Phone 8 on board. This feature reduces the running background processes, emails etc. must be retrieved manually.

For the mobile Internet, the 8X though. No LTE module at the start, but HSPA + Depending on the network that brings in the best case up to 21.6 Mbit / s and is basically perfectly adequate, especially since the LTE network in US anyway, unfortunately, is a patchwork yet. The received power of the HTC phones could convince the test also. Also on the phone quality is respected less and less, nothing objectionable.

 Technical specifications of the HTC Windows Phone 8X:

  • 4.3-inch Super LCD2 with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels, 341ppi), Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A
  • Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory, not expandable
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • GSM | Quad-band / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA DC 43Mbit / s
  • WLAN 802.11 a / b / g / n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • Rear: 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0-Blende and 28mm wide angle lens
  • Front: 2.1-megapixel camera with f/2.0-Blende
  • Beats Audio speakers
  • 1.800mAh battery
  • 132.35 x 10.12 x 66.2 mm
  • 130g

Camera and software of the HTC 8X

HTC has missed its Windows Phone 8-top model on the back of an 8-megapixel camera with fast BSI sensor and wide-angle lens, as it is also found in the HTC One X. With the camera can record video up to 1080p, which have a very decent image quality. Also in photo mode the camera knows to convince. Although the pictures can not quite keep up with the Pure View technology of the Lumia 920, but also with the built Image Sense sensor can shoot it pretty decent photos. Focusing on the HTC 8X proceeds somewhat faster than the Nokia counterpart. Comparing the LowLight qualities of both phones, the Lumia 920 has quite clearly in the lead.

To extend the default camera app, as with all Windows Phone 8 devices is at present small selection of additional apps, called Lenses, available. When HTC is the choice still very manageable, which will hopefully change yet. Especially a panorama feature is missing, with the shining example, the old HTC Titan could. As part of the software package are several small apps are installed, some of which are also available on Android phones. Using the app “photo enhancement” can be a number of filters and effects to photos – unfortunately, the application can not be called directly from the camera. Apart from the image editing app, HTC has added its 8X even the applications “Attentive Phone”, time, weather, stock quotes and a flashlight app.

HTC Windows Phone 8X Price : 560$


HTC with its Windows Phone 8X  has brought a very attractive smartphone on the market, which is behind the flagship of the Finns, the Lumia 920, no need to hide. Both devices have their advantages and disadvantages. Both smartphones are equipped with the same processor and memory, and is available in terms of performance in every way. In addition, both have high-resolution screens with excellent color characteristics. Although the 8X missing an LTE module for fast data transport, this is to get over, however, because it is about 100 euros cheaper than Nokia’s flagship. Those looking for a lighter, cheaper Windows-phone-8-top model and cope with 4.3 inch display and a decent but not outstanding camera should consider the HTC 8X closer look.

Windows Phone 8 as a mobile operating system makes a more mature feel than its predecessor. Microsoft has reworked in many places, which was also required. Where the Redmond reloading but still need are apps. The ecosystem is still fairly straightforward, although it is spoken by 120,000 applications, which will be offered in the Windows Phone Store. Watching the development of the app offer, it can be seen that almost daily adding new applications – and that’s a good thing. Just recently, for example, a preview of the Skype app has been released that can be seen.

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