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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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).

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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