Windows Phone 8X by HTC announced

HTC has finally taken the wraps off their latest Windows Phone 8 device, and it comes with some interesting branding. Rather than being called the HTC 8X, it's actually called the Windows Phone 8X by HTC - a move that shows the partnership between Microsoft and HTC that dates back to the original Windows Phone devices.

Like the rumors have been pointing to for weeks, the HTC 8X comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, clocking in at 1.5 GHz across two cores and also supplemented by 1 GB of RAM. The display is a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD 2 panel coated with Gorilla Glass 2, and surrounded by a 10.1mm thin curved case that comes in Nokia-style colors known as "California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow".

Other specs include a rear 8-megapixel camera with a BSI sensor, f/2.0 lens and LED flash, plus a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera with 88-degree field-of-view; 16 GB of on-board storage and a 1,800 mAh battery. Naturally, Windows Phone 8 is on-board with some exclusive accent colors to match the hardware, plus Beats Audio enhancement.

The HTC 8X (or Windows Phone 8X by HTC) will be coming to T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T "within days" of the Windows Phone 8 release at the end of October, meaning it should be on the shelves right at the start of November.

Source: Press Release (via WPCentral)

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I think HTC have done better than Nokia with the design, at least this doesnt look like a normal black phone with a sharp edged border around it. I love Nokia and hope they change their current block design.

wow .. nice look. Eye touching. pretty similar to Nokia Lumia ..
but Not lumia .. every next windows phone look wise very nice. Now .. microsoft should enlarge its "app store ". then only people will move more to windows phone.

Man, it seems with each Windows 8 Phone, there is a lacking feature.
I'm looking at going to T-mobile for my next phone, mainly b/c of the Unlimited 4G.

For me, the 8x lacks the standard 32GB memory the Lumia has, which wouldn't be too big of an issue if they included an SD Card slot. No SD Card slot kills it for me.

W/ the Lumia, it's pretty much confirmed its going to AT&T. It hasn't been confirmed anywhere else yet, but w/ the previous Lumia only being on AT&T, this one seems like it will be the same as well. (Hopefully not)

I also understand the complaints about this phones other features (Camera, Screen Size) not being up to par w/ past releases from HTC. For me, I am willing to overlook those b/c of the sheer beauty of the design.

W/ that being said, the Samsung Ativ S meets my criteria in terms of functionality, but the design is SO BORING LAST GEN. I wished Samsung would have taken a Galaxy S III Body, and slapped WinPhone8 on it, but No.

Off-topic sorta, but does anyone know why manufacturers seem to be shielding away from including SD Card slots. I mean, this is why the microSD card was created in the first place. I feel there is some ulterior motive for this decision. The main reason for not doing this that I can think of, is b/c of the all-in-one body design. If I have to settle for that reason, so-be-it, but only giving 16GB on-board space is ludicrous. The only other reason, is this is forcing people to be pushed more and more to the cloud for accessing data. In a perfect world, this is all fine and dandy with a constant internet connection, but as well all know, this is not true.

I am on my second HTC. I really loved my first Titan. The Titan 2, I don't know why, just seems buggier (freezes, glitches where it loses touch sensitivity (or at least doesn't respond to the input) and other things like that). I think I will shoot for a Lumia next time.

Looks nice. Is the thicker black border related to the tiles and the screen actually stretches further? It looks that way on the blue/purple model.

I'd love to see companies like Samsung and HTC produce these phones with Windows and Android variants. Windows Phones do seem to have that little bit more funk in their colouring than the equivalent black or white Androids.

Here's my rough comparison...

It's lighter, thinner, and slimmer than Lumia 920! - HTC wins!

It's got 16Gb of internal memory plus a slot vs Lumia's 32Gb no slot - HTC wins!

No LTE?! - wtf HTC?

zhiVago said,
Here's my rough comparison...

It's lighter, thinner, and slimmer than Lumia 920! - HTC wins!

It's got 16Gb of internal memory plus a slot vs Lumia's 32Gb no slot - HTC wins!

No LTE?! - wtf HTC?

Where does it say anything about an SD slot?

zhiVago said,
Here's my rough comparison...

It's lighter, thinner, and slimmer than Lumia 920! - HTC wins!

It's got 16Gb of internal memory plus a slot vs Lumia's 32Gb no slot - HTC wins!

No LTE?! - wtf HTC?


If it's going to Verizon it has LTE, and it absolutely does not have a slot.

greensabath said,


Also wanted to note that your link you posted, ALSO lists NO SD Card slot as well as HTC's official page

The page has been updated and you all seem to have missed the word "rough" as like "approximate comparison".

Wow, it's truly a wonderful time to be on the market looking for a new Windows Phone, can't wait, this or the the top of the line Samsung WP8 might be my choice as it doesn't look like the Nokia 920 will be coming to T-Mobile.

No NFC? No 4.7" Screen? Going from a 16MP rear camera to an 8MP. How is this hardware and upgrade from the current Titan II except for the proc and ram? I guess I'll be waiting for the 2nd gen WP8 devices and just run 7.8 on my Titan II.

92GTA said,
No NFC? No 4.7" Screen? Going from a 16MP rear camera to an 8MP. How is this hardware and upgrade from the current Titan II except for the proc and ram? I guess I'll be waiting for the 2nd gen WP8 devices and just run 7.8 on my Titan II.

Same here . I'm really let down by this announcement.

Does anyone know specs on the actual audio chipset? "Beats Audio" is 99% marketing BS. Unless they're using a better chipset (such as the Wolfson chipset in the Zunes) it's nothing more than a branded equalizer.

I was feeling the need to maybe drop Verizon and get a 920 on ATT, but I think this might be more than enough to keep me form going through the crap involved with switching... as long as the battery doesn't suck.

blackjezuz said,
I was feeling the need to maybe drop Verizon and get a 920 on ATT, but I think this might be more than enough to keep me form going through the crap involved with switching... as long as the battery doesn't suck.

There's still the HTC Zenith. 4.7" display with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core Krait CPU and next-gen GPU).

duddit2 said,
I like that clock live tile!

Yes, because the first thing I want to see when I unlock the phone, which has a clock on the lock screen, is a big clock... Oh and the weather which I see when I look out the window. And of course it's always handy to know which city I am in ;-)

PmRd said,
Great device! The iPhone and it's retina screen can suck it. More proof that Apple is falling behind

These new devices are more retina than the iPhone 5 it looks like. I honestly don't know why Apple didn't just go with 1280x720p.

GP007 said,

These new devices are more retina than the iPhone 5 it looks like. I honestly don't know why Apple didn't just go with 1280x720p.

Because they know that whatever they do morons will line up in front of their store to buy it

GP007 said,

These new devices are more retina than the iPhone 5 it looks like. I honestly don't know why Apple didn't just go with 1280x720p.

Because Apple would never do anything standard like that. It wouldn't be "innovative."

Scorpus said,

Apparently yes

Very disappointing. I was hoping for an upgrade from my HTC Titan. Instead we get a smaller screen and no increase in storage capacity.

Lord Method Man said,
Only 16GB onboard and no MicroSD slot?

Im curious if it has one to. If it had one, id be like CYA LUMIA. So far it just seems like a Lumia copycat.

Lord Method Man said,

Very disappointing. I was hoping for an upgrade from my HTC Titan. Instead we get a smaller screen and no increase in storage capacity.


You might want to consider the Samsung ATIV S. It has 32 GB + microSD slot and 4.8" inch screen.

illegaloperation said,

You might want to consider the Samsung ATIV S. It has 32 GB + microSD slot and 4.8" inch screen.

I probably will. I was hoping to stick with HTC but if this is the best they can come up with I will have to switch.

XX55XX said,
The question... 8X or Lumia 920?

If the 8X shows on VZW, it's a no-brainer - I refuse to use BT&T Immobility (way too many coverage holes where I live and where I go just in the DC area alone), whereas with VZW I have LTE coverage areawide. The real question is what will be the cost for add-a-line customers and those that are still on New Every Two; Mom is in that latter group and is looking for a better phone, and has only had dumbphones to date.

It's looking like that November 2nd date is going to hold true with MS having a WP8 event on Oct 29th to show off the OS itself to us finally.

Thewindows8user said,
1280x720 resolution 4.3 inch display = 341 pixels per inch.... Wow

The HTC Rezound had that last year, but the display was just so so. The Super LCD 2 technology is the same on the HTC One X and that screen looks AMAZING.

8X just kills Lumia 820 that have poor resolution, no Gorilla Glass and poor front camera. I don't know what Nokia's management were smoking while approving Lumia 820 specs... Considering that Nokia runs out of financial reserves this just this now really appears as the Nokia's last chance.

Now everything depends on will HTC take pity on Nokia and will it set a price for 8X closer to Lumia 920, or will not and set a price closer to Lumia 820.

coth said,
8X just kills Lumia 820 that have poor resolution, no Gorilla Glass and poor front camera. I don't know what Nokia's management were smoking while approving Lumia 820 specs... Considering that Nokia runs out of financial reserves this just this now really appears as the Nokia's last chance.

Now everything depends on will HTC take pity on Nokia and will it set a price for 8X closer to Lumia 920, or will not and set a price closer to Lumia 820.


Wasn't 8X the flagship device? It should be expected to kill the 820.

coth said,
8X just kills Lumia 820 that have poor resolution, no Gorilla Glass and poor front camera. I don't know what Nokia's management were smoking while approving Lumia 820 specs... Considering that Nokia runs out of financial reserves this just this now really appears as the Nokia's last chance.

Now everything depends on will HTC take pity on Nokia and will it set a price for 8X closer to Lumia 920, or will not and set a price closer to Lumia 820.

The 920 is Nokia's Flagship device, the 820 is priced for people who cant afford the higher spec'd phone.

What were you smoking when you wrote that ramble?

Toysoldier said,

The 920 is Nokia's Flagship device, the 820 is priced for people who cant afford the higher spec'd phone.

What were you smoking when you wrote that ramble?


820 is not a budget. It's just smaller version of 920 with nearly same specs and with a just a financially little of cut things. And it has same size as 8X. That's why many people would consider between 820 and 8X.

8S - that is a budget,
710 and especially 610 - that is a budget

coth said,

820 is not a budget. It's just smaller version of 920 with nearly same specs and with a just a financially little of cut things. And it has same size as 8X. That's why many people would consider between 820 and 8X.

8S - that is a budget,
710 and especially 610 - that is a budget


820 does not have most of the major features of the 920, i.e., PureMotion HD+, PureView. It's not just a smaller version of it.

grayscale said,

820 does not have most of the major features of the 920, i.e., PureMotion HD+, PureView. It's not just a smaller version of it.

It does. Just another camera module and display. PureMotion HD+ is just a marketing term. It's IPS with own based things - very bright backlight (is no black color) and poor angles of view by diagonals.

coth said,

It does. Just another camera module and display. PureMotion HD+ is just a marketing term. It's IPS with own based things - very bright backlight (is no black color) and poor angles of view by diagonals.

lol

coth said,

It does. Just another camera module and display. PureMotion HD+ is just a marketing term. It's IPS with own based things - very bright backlight (is no black color) and poor angles of view by diagonals.

lol the 920 has a better camera, bigger display, larger internal storage, 2000mah battery.

/facepalm

based - bad* (c) android latinime

Toysoldier said,

lol the 920 has a better camera, bigger display, larger internal storage, 2000mah battery.

/facepalm


Cost value isn't much bigger. And 820 has microSD slot, which cost money as well.

Design wise looks nice. One question though. Why do all of the Windows Phones have such huge bezels? All except the Ativ S, have huge bezel space left, right, top and bottom -- Only Samsung is doing this right. I want as much screen real estate as possible, without making the phone huge. The Lumia and now the 8x both appear to have the same outer dimensions as the Ativ S but with smaller screens. /sigh

Despite it all, I'm probably going with a Lumia. I've had Samsung and HTC phones and just want to give a new phone manufacturer a try.

ahinson said,
Design wise looks nice. One question though. Why do all of the Windows Phones have such huge bezels? All except the Ativ S, have huge bezel space left, right, top and bottom -- Only Samsung is doing this right. I want as much screen real estate as possible, without making the phone huge. The Lumia and now the 8x both appear to have the same outer dimensions as the Ativ S but with smaller screens. /sigh

Despite it all, I'm probably going with a Lumia. I've had Samsung and HTC phones and just want to give a new phone manufacturer a try.

The bezel space at the bottom is for ergonomics in portrait mode. The bezel space at the top, which HTC does right, is for ergonomics in landscape mode (due to the symmetry). The Ativ S would be crap for portrait, one handed use, but quite good for landscape two handed use. The Lumia 920 is great for portrait one handed use, but crap for two handed landscape use. The 8X is good for both.

the better twin said,
Its good to see Nokia have inspired better phone design by other manufacturers. Better for us.

Other companies sue each other when they inspire other companies to make better devices that look similar

Teebor said,

Other companies sue each other when they inspire other companies to make better devices that look similar

You mean Apple.

PS: I believe that Nokia's Lumia 920 is actually better anyways, so your point is invalid...

Pluto is a Planet said,

You mean Apple.

PS: I believe that Nokia's Lumia 920 is actually better anyways, so your point is invalid...

Hardware wise, yes, but looks wise you're quite wrong.

Ishanx said,
Wow, that looks good.

I have to say I agree. I love the colors well at least the two we see. Right now im planning on getting the Lumia but it depends on what it looks and feels like in hand. But this is a very good contender and I like that it has Beats.

BigBoy said,
VZW, please do not mess the "within days" thing up, mkay? Pretty please?

Verizon's "within days" usually means months specifically 3 months for the Droid 4 Incredible's "in the next few days"... hahaha