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HTC Windows Phone 8X review

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
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The HTC Windows Phone 8X currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 46 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile88

HTC has finally made some sleek hardware to go along with the sexy look of Windows Phone OS, but unfortunately its not easily found in Malaysia due to not all telco carriers providing plans for it, making the majority of us unable to take advantage of its 4G LTE capabilities.However the internal spe...

- Joe Devanesan, Mobile88
GSM Dome

The device gets a 9.5 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and 7.5 for operating system and UI, for a total of 8.66 out of 10. This is the best looking WP 8 device right now, if you ask me, but not the best cameraphone or multimedia buff gear that’s for sure.

- James A., GSM Dome
PC Pro

The HTC Windows Phone 8X breaks into a Windows Phone 8 market that has been dominated by Nokia since the OS was released last October. In fact, HTC is the only other major manufacturer to have sent us a Microsoft-based handset in that time.It was well worth the wait, though, because the 8X makes a f...

- Mike Jennings, PC Pro
Beta News

After using the Windows Phone 8X for a couple of weeks I've grown fond of it. It's not designed to take on Android flagships in terms of raw performance, but it's enjoyable. The form-factor makes it easy to hold, the operating system is refreshing compared to the bigger players and, something that I...

- Mihaita Bamburic, Beta News
BitBitByte

In the Windows Phone world there are really two choices: The Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X. The Lumia is highly lauded by Nokia for its photography, specifically low light abilities while HTC pushes the 8X as a thinner, overall better device. Physical size differences aside, both the Lumia 920 are and HTC...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte


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HTC released the Windows Phone 8X on November 2, 2012.


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HTC backs up the Windows Phone 8X with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The HTC Windows Phone 8X's screen size is 4.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1800 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 678 minutes, 361 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Windows Phone 8X Specs

Overview
Release date November 2, 2012
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 387 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 361 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 678 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors California Blue, Graphite Black, Limelight Yellow, Flame Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, MSN, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Office Hub)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Accord, HTC 8X

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Critic Reviews


Mobile88

The phone is fast and responsive, plus scrolling about the interface is fun to discover

from Mobile88

HTC has finally made some sleek hardware to go along with the sexy look of Windows Phone OS, but unfortunately its not easily found in Malaysia due to not all telco carriers providing plans for it, making the majority of us unable to take advantage of its 4G LTE capabilities.

However the in...More

HTC has finally made some sleek hardware to go along with the sexy look of Windows Phone OS, but unfortunately its not easily found in Malaysia due to not all telco carriers providing plans for it, making the majority of us unable to take advantage of its 4G LTE capabilities.

However the internal specs are quite outstanding for a dual-core device: the phone is fast and responsive, plus scrolling about the interface is fun to discover. Storage space is limited but at 16GB should be expansive enough for most regular users.

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GSM Dome

Exquisite design, excellent audio and headphones

from GSM Dome

The device gets a 9.5 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and 7.5 for operating system and UI, for a total of 8.66 out of 10. This is the best looking WP 8 device right now, if you ask me, but not the best cameraphone or multimedia buff gear that’s for sure.

Read full review

The device gets a 9.5 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and 7.5 for operating system and UI, for a total of 8.66 out of 10. This is the best looking WP 8 device right now, if you ask me, but not the best cameraphone or multimedia buff gear that’s for sure.

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PC Pro

An appealing, attractive smartphone

from PC Pro

The HTC Windows Phone 8X breaks into a Windows Phone 8 market that has been dominated by Nokia since the OS was released last October. In fact, HTC is the only other major manufacturer to have sent us a Microsoft-based handset in that time.

It was well worth the wait, though, because the 8X...More

The HTC Windows Phone 8X breaks into a Windows Phone 8 market that has been dominated by Nokia since the OS was released last October. In fact, HTC is the only other major manufacturer to have sent us a Microsoft-based handset in that time.

It was well worth the wait, though, because the 8X makes a fantastic first impression. It's built using the same manufacturing process as HTC’s One X range of handsets, and the polycarbonate shell used for the 8X looks superb: the gently contoured rear curves around the phone’s edges to create a border for the screen, and it’s finished in a comfortable soft-touch plastic, which is available in four colours (blue, black, yellow and red).

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Beta News

The all-rounder

from Beta News

After using the Windows Phone 8X for a couple of weeks I've grown fond of it. It's not designed to take on Android flagships in terms of raw performance, but it's enjoyable. The form-factor makes it easy to hold, the operating system is refreshing compared to the bigger players and, something tha...More

After using the Windows Phone 8X for a couple of weeks I've grown fond of it. It's not designed to take on Android flagships in terms of raw performance, but it's enjoyable. The form-factor makes it easy to hold, the operating system is refreshing compared to the bigger players and, something that I really came to appreciate, the design is, frankly, amazing in this California Blue (which is really purple) color. At the end of the day the Windows Phone 8X can only be summed up as this -- the all-rounder.

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BitBitByte

Reliable and generally speedy

from BitBitByte

In the Windows Phone world there are really two choices: The Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X. The Lumia is highly lauded by Nokia for its photography, specifically low light abilities while HTC pushes the 8X as a thinner, overall better device. Physical size differences aside, both the Lumia 920 are and HTC 8X are very similar in terms of software. A few bundled apps differ. And as touched on above, the Lumia does still produce better images via its camera overall. To some, the more vivid and “risky” design of the 8X will offset the few knocks against its camera while to others, Nokia’s continuing refinement of Windows Phone hardware and software is enough to keep them coming back. No matter which phone you ultimately decide to purchase, you’re getting a great piece of hardware that is more than capable of showcasing Microsoft’s latest mobile OS...

More

In the Windows Phone world there are really two choices: The Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X. The Lumia is highly lauded by Nokia for its photography, specifically low light abilities while HTC pushes the 8X as a thinner, overall better device. Physical size differences aside, both the Lumia 920 are and HTC 8X are very similar in terms of software. A few bundled apps differ. And as touched on above, the Lumia does still produce better images via its camera overall. To some, the more vivid and “risky” design of the 8X will offset the few knocks against its camera while to others, Nokia’s continuing refinement of Windows Phone hardware and software is enough to keep them coming back. No matter which phone you ultimately decide to purchase, you’re getting a great piece of hardware that is more than capable of showcasing Microsoft’s latest mobile OS.

If we had to pick, we’d go with the 8X. It may not seem like much in pictures, but the difference in hand is striking. The 8X is simply nicer to hold and more comfortable to use. It doesn’t feel like a brick and the bright color choices make for a more personable experience. Combined with rock solid performance it’s a no brainer.

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BitBitByte

Vivid and risky design with rock solid performance

from BitBitByte

In the Windows Phone world there are really two choices: The Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X. The Lumia is highly lauded by Nokia for its photography, specifically low light abilities while HTC pushes the 8X as a thinner, overall better device. Physical size differences aside, both the Lumia 920 are and HTC 8X are very similar in terms of software. A few bundled apps differ. And as touched on above, the Lumia does still produce better images via its camera overall. To some, the more vivid and “risky” design of the 8X will offset the few knocks against its camera while to others, Nokia’s continuing refinement of Windows Phone hardware and software is enough to keep them coming back. No matter which phone you ultimately decide to purchase, you’re getting a great piece of hardware that is more than capable of showcasing Microsoft’s latest mobile OS....

More

In the Windows Phone world there are really two choices: The Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X. The Lumia is highly lauded by Nokia for its photography, specifically low light abilities while HTC pushes the 8X as a thinner, overall better device. Physical size differences aside, both the Lumia 920 are and HTC 8X are very similar in terms of software. A few bundled apps differ. And as touched on above, the Lumia does still produce better images via its camera overall. To some, the more vivid and “risky” design of the 8X will offset the few knocks against its camera while to others, Nokia’s continuing refinement of Windows Phone hardware and software is enough to keep them coming back. No matter which phone you ultimately decide to purchase, you’re getting a great piece of hardware that is more than capable of showcasing Microsoft’s latest mobile OS.

If we had to pick, we’d go with the 8X. It may not seem like much in pictures, but the difference in hand is striking. The 8X is simply nicer to hold and more comfortable to use. It doesn’t feel like a brick and the bright color choices make for a more personable experience. Combined with rock solid performance it’s a no brainer.

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What Hi-Fi

The HTC 8X has too many gaps in quality to be better than average

from What Hi-Fi

It’s more practical than the Lumia 920 but, crucially, doesn’t perform as well in the key areas of audio, video and web browsing. Still a decent addition to the initial WP8 roster, but we expect better will come from HTC and Windows.

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It’s more practical than the Lumia 920 but, crucially, doesn’t perform as well in the key areas of audio, video and web browsing. Still a decent addition to the initial WP8 roster, but we expect better will come from HTC and Windows.

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Macnn

The phone's interface is unique and the device integrates nicely within the Windows ecosystem

from Macnn

Everyone who tried the handset found the OS intuitive, attractive, and well-sorted, which matched our impressions as well. The flexibility of the home screen layout and the associated Live Tiles options of placement and size make the handset ultimately customizable. With the software updates that...More

Everyone who tried the handset found the OS intuitive, attractive, and well-sorted, which matched our impressions as well. The flexibility of the home screen layout and the associated Live Tiles options of placement and size make the handset ultimately customizable. With the software updates that are likely to arrive over time, as well as the undoubted growth of the app store, HTC's 8X can only get better. That's a good thing, as the phone is very good at a fundamental level.

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The Guardian

Packed with much of the firm's best technology and is a worthy Windows Phone torchbearer

from The Guardian

While the live tiles interface may be struggling to find its raison d'etre in Windows 8, Microsoft's traditional stomping ground of the personal computer, it is absolutely made for smartphones. Windows Phone 8 is among the easiest, most instinctive and visually entertaining mobile operating systems to use. I have found its new phone setup to be the simplest and fastest of the three operating systems, particularly when it comes to things like installing company email. It deserves a place as the third ecosystem. (Sorry, RIM.)...

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While the live tiles interface may be struggling to find its raison d'etre in Windows 8, Microsoft's traditional stomping ground of the personal computer, it is absolutely made for smartphones. Windows Phone 8 is among the easiest, most instinctive and visually entertaining mobile operating systems to use. I have found its new phone setup to be the simplest and fastest of the three operating systems, particularly when it comes to things like installing company email. It deserves a place as the third ecosystem. (Sorry, RIM.)

Overall? The 8X is a worthy Windows Phone torchbearer.

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Mobile Syrup

Remarkable, compact and beautiful device

from Mobile Syrup

HTC’s Windows Phone 8X is a delightful phone with excellent performance, decent battery life, a gorgeous screen in a unique form factor. It has the promise of being one of the best phone’s on the market, but is disadvantaged by a half-baked app store and a lack of Nokia’s proprietary apps....

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HTC’s Windows Phone 8X is a delightful phone with excellent performance, decent battery life, a gorgeous screen in a unique form factor. It has the promise of being one of the best phone’s on the market, but is disadvantaged by a half-baked app store and a lack of Nokia’s proprietary apps.

Nevertheless, the 8X has a great camera, best-in-class sound quality with Beats Audio and a powerful headphone amplifier, and a number of features that make it worth your time. 

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