HTC 8XT breaks cover, arrives to Sprint with BoomSound and Windows Phone
The HTC 8XT will first come to Sprint this summer priced at the affordable $99 on a two-year contract. You do have to wait for a $50 mail-in rebate, though, to arrive at that price.
The 8XT has nothing to brag about in terms of hardware. It's got a 4.3-inch display with a middling resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Under the hood hides a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip with 1GB of RAM and 8 gigs of internal storage that you can expand via microSD cards. On its back, it sports an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video capture and nested in its circular housing.
Sprint Plans Summer Launches for First Two Windows Phone 8 Smartphones to Feature Truly Unlimited 4G LTE: HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo
Sprint (NYSE: S) and Microsoft Corp. today outlined plans to launch the first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones to offer Truly UnlimitedSM Sprint 4G LTE this summer – HTC® 8XT and Samsung ATIV S™ Neo. Customers will appreciate access to the advanced features and capabilities of these devices with the benefit of unlimited 4G LTE (available in select markets) data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.
HTC 8XT will be available for $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. ATIV S Neo will be priced at $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. Exact availability dates and full feature lists for both smartphones will be shared at a later date. Customers can preregister for more information and email updates about Windows Phone 8 from Sprint and HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo at www.sprint.com/windows8.
"We know our customers are anxious to get their hands on these Windows Phone 8 smartphones, HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo," said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product Development, Sprint. "Without a doubt, they will rival any smartphone on the market today. Our customers will appreciate being able to use them all day, every day without worrying about overages or data caps."
Windows Phone 8 won the PC Magazine Readers' Choice Award for best mobile operating system in March 2013. The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal smartphone experience designed to keep customers connected to the people and things that matter most. Windows Phone brings together the best of Microsoft with the same modern look and feel, including Bing, Office, Xbox and Skype, for a rich customer experience. In addition, the Windows Phone Store includes more than 160,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added daily.
"We are excited to be bringing the most personal smartphone experience to Sprint customers this summer," said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Microsoft Windows Phone Division. "With compelling hardware from HTC and Samsung, coupled with unlimited 4G LTE from Sprint, these Windows Phones will offer the complete package."
Must-Have Features from HTC
Music-lovers will appreciate the amazing sound capability of HTC 8XT with HTC BoomSound™, introducing for the first time on Windows Phone 8 dual front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier that brings people closer to their music, videos and games they love. In addition, Beats Audio™ enables studio-quality sound, so listeners hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs. And HDR recording uses advanced dual microphones and audio processing to capture clean, rich sound that is worthy of high-definition video.
"Inspired by the design that won the prestigious 'red dot award: product design 2013,' the new HTC 8XT brings a truly crafted smartphone with brilliant color, soft-to-the-touch texture and tapered design to be comfortable in the hand," said Mike Woodward, president North America, HTC Corporation. "A pleasure to hold and a pleasure to hear, the front-facing stereo speakers are a first for a Windows Phone and deliver sounds that demand to be heard."
HTC 8XT is also ideal for photo buffs with an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera. The main camera takes great photos in bright-light and low-light situations, and the ability to shoot video and take still pictures simultaneously. It also offers multishot burst mode to help capture the best picture of a moving photo subject, and a dedicated Windows Phone camera button to open the camera quickly, even when the phone is locked or sleeping, so users never miss an opportunity to capture life's most important moments.
Inside the beautiful HTC 8XT is a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.4GHz dual-core CPUs supporting 4G LTE and 1080p video capture, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM memory, microSD™ memory card slot with support for up to 64GB memory cards, a crisp 4.3-inch display, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, GPS support and 1,800mAh lithium-ion battery.
Advanced Features from Samsung
ATIV S Neo will offer a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, microSD memory card slot, international roaming, 4.8-inch high-definition display, Wi-Fi and 2,000mAh lithium-ion removable battery. Sharing is easier than ever with ATIV S Neo featuring ATIV Beam using near field communication (NFC) to share photos, music and video with other Windows Phone 8 and select Android™ devices. ATIV S Neo includes the Samsung exclusive Now feature, which highlights top news, weather and relevant information at a single glance.
"Samsung is committed to offering smartphones across a variety of platforms and the rich Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S Neo is a testament to this effort," said Kevin Packingham, Samsung Mobile chief product officer. "The ATIV S Neo makes it easy to stay in-the-know while connecting with friends, family and colleagues, through new sharing features and powerful productivity applications."
Having ATIV S Neo in your pocket means users can do more with their smartphone camera. It will offer an 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash and a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera for video chat. It will include a variety of camera apps preloaded, including the Beauty Shot mode for smoother looking skin in headshots, Manga Camera to give pictures a fun twist by turning friends and family into cartoons, and built-in Photo Editor that allows the user to edit, color, effect, decorate or share their pictures quickly and easily.
These smartphones also make it easy for customers to stay productive with Office Mobile for Windows Phone. With Office Mobile, people can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from anywhere. Plus, customers can count on Office Mobile to keep content and formatting intact so documents still looks great when back on a PC, Windows tablet or Mac.
Microsoft Office 365 offered by Sprint is available for small and mid-sized businesses. It includes Sprint's unique Carefree Cloud migration and onboarding assistance, end-user level support, predictable monthly costs with no up-front infrastructure expenses, pay-as-you-go plans, savings by bundling all of the necessary tools and advanced options to simplify management further, all with a single bill and single point of contact. Sprint recently announced expanded plans available with Office 365, including enhanced audio conferencing and availability at select Sprint retail stores.
HTC 8XT announced
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
Windows phone support snapdragon 400?
4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yeah, Windows Phone will run smooth no matter what Snapdragon it has, it won't lag like S-Lag. Don't worry.
9. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Windows Phone supports all Snapdragons, and choice depends the limit Microsoft puts (up to duo core), which this limit will be removed late this year. In quad cores im sure OEMs are free to use Snapdragon S4 or 600 or 800.
13. tadaa (Posts: 250; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
now i expect nokia to unveil the eos with at least snapdragon 600
24. wumberpeb (Posts: 437; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
The 2yr old HTC Arrive had a single core Qualcomm and ran buttery smooth, I don't think it matters much
2. MrKoles (Posts: 325; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
How could they produce so an ugly phone like this?!
12. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
Here I come HTC!!
5. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Okay, Sprint wanted to give WP8 another chance by giving us this? At least the Samsung Ativ S Neo will be a suitable device.
6. DANTExphone888 (Posts: 97; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Ativ S Neo, I thought the Odyssey was supposed to come to Sprint.
7. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
That is one great looking phone :) nice one Htc. Pity about the S400 CPU and tiny 4.3inch display.
8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2355; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
How can this be considered a successor to the 8X when it has a lower screen resolution? The 8X is HD. This should definitely be called the 8ST because it looks just like the 8S & the specs are more in line with a variant of that device.
10. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Yeah probably thats what they should have written. When I see this device I think more about 8S rather than the 8X. Like an 8S variant.
22. Landmarkcm (Posts: 447; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Camera & sound on this is way better then the 8s! Heck the Radar is better then the 8s. I would consider this as a replacement over Radar . Only thing im hesitant abt is Sprints network.
11. Dastrix (Posts: 599; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
It looks like an 8X/8S hybrid both on the outside and inside, and that's a good thing. It's beautiful. Noting the absence of speakers, BoomSound may have been combined with the microphone. Looking forward to a review!! Bring it on HTC!!!!
17. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
So....I've been waiting for WP8 to arrive on sprint, and this is the crap they give me.....
At least it looks nice
18. Landmarkcm (Posts: 447; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
From Htc site Add volume to your everyday life with the first Windows Phone with BoomSound™. Take great pictures day or night with a low light camera featuring back-side illumination and f2.0 lens. All built in a smartphone designed to fit your hand and your world. This I would consider. IM just going back to a radar with 7.8 because its camera is better then the 8s that followed it. The lower light and BSI they use really make a difference.http://www.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-8xt/
19. Landmarkcm (Posts: 447; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Why do these sites have to put things like the hardware is nothing to brag about! Why because it doesnt have a 5 inch screen! Give me a break . The Radar is still one of the best wp from HTC . Ive used several WP . The camera on the Radar takes better shots then Lumia 810. & is better then the 620 in some regards im returning and is better then it's newer model the 8s that came after. Point being HTC can put out some good hardware. I like that there not bricks like the Nokias.
20. papss (unregistered)
Ewwww that is a terrible showing by sprint.. They will never get people to come over to WP with this
21. Landmarkcm (Posts: 447; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Lol what so terrible abt it? The only thing I would be hesitating on is switching from Tmobiles network & back to Sprint
23. lilg29 (Posts: 89; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
I was actually rather dissapointed when i saw this, I was expecting better specs but hey i guess sprint is settling down.
25. PorkyBurger (Posts: 234; Member since: 18 May 2013)
I'll hope there is going to be a model, without those accents, like pure black or pure white. I like the specs of this phone, really, but I don't the colorful accents, and childish colours. :(
26. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2693; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Nokia is giving much better colors and even will give this color too.