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HTC's Windows Phone 8X flagship official: 342ppi display, LTE, rocking 'em Beats

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HTC's Windows Phone 8X flagship official: 342ppi display, LTE, rocking 'em Beats
HTC just confirmed the existence of its flagship Windows Phone 8X handset that will carry the final WP8 version, and it's a powerful spec sheet wrapped in a svelte 0.39" body in nice candy colors, which is "perfectly sculpted with a dramatic taper making [it] feel thin in your hand." It's a unibody design, so, sorry, sealed 1, 800mAh battery and on top of that no memory card slot, just a micro SIM one.

The 8X by HTC sports a 4.3" LCD 2 HD screen, which, if the One X display is any indication, should be a sight to behold, and has the respectable 342ppi pixel desnity. It ups the WP ante with a modern 28mm dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset with 42Mbps HSPA+ and LTE, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, thus equating its silicon with the fierce WP8 competition in the face of the Samsung ATIV S, or the innnovative Nokia Lumia 920, which, however, has a lot more going for it with the PureView camera.

How does the HTC 8X intend to differentiate from those? Why, Beats Audio, of course. The prominent branding is featured proudly on the back of the phone, promising deep bass sound and clearer audio. "The Windows Phone 8X by HTC featuring Beats Audio also offers a unique audio amplifier powering the 3.5mm audio jack and the speaker, boosting the audio signal for even better sound no matter if you’re listening to music, playing a game or watching a video," says HTC.

As for the sniping capabilities, we have an 8MP shooter on the rear with dedicated shutter key, equipped with HTC's exclusive ImageChip technology, which is essentially a proprietary ISP, allowing for some additional photo trickery, like ultra fast capture times, and continuous shot mode that takes multiple frames per second. It sports ultra wide f/2.0 aperture, just like on the Lumia 920.

What's even more interesting, is that the 2MP front-facing shooter is with the same ultra wide 88 degree angle, "allowing up to four people and more to be captured at once", and can shoot 1080p video as well, which should make for some pretty clean and crowded Skype video calls.

The handset will be arriving on T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T in November in a couple of flashy California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow colors, with the AT&T version pegged at $199.99 in the press release below. How do you like HTC's Windows Phone 8 flagship?

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:25 14

1. Rager099 (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Apr 2009)

not bad but i would have prefered at least a 4.5" screen because im used to my gs3 screen size. But nun the less a solid phone.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:28 2

9. Nookie4u (Posts: 133; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

imm, yes, a lot of people prefer bigger screens nowadays, I wonder why they didn't put a bigger one on this beauty..

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:36 5

16. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

what about Ativ S 4.8''

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:59 10

31. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Lousy samsung design, if this is a polycarb single shell like on the lumia its far better, some people dont compensate their own lackings with bigger phones :D

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:25 9

40. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Meh. Dismissing other people's preference of larger screens as "Small penis syndrome" is rather short sighted. Some people just prefer larger screens, does everyone have to like what you like? That's like saying anyone with a full size car has a small penis and all Smart car drivers are well endowed... The logic doesn't work.

If you're not a fan of Samsung's design that's a valid personal opinion. My personal taste is the opposite of yours, I'd take an Ativ S over all other designs. But that's just my opinion.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:28 1

45. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

You see the smiley face in the end, i was kidding, id love to have a huge car, phone, not so much. As for the sammys, i just cant get over their construction methods, but as you say thats my opinion, i always preffered tanks over planes :-P

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:48 4

21. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4321; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

If Beats audio is HTC's answer for the 'Floating lens' tech in 920, then HTC has lots of gap to fill up. Otherwise, this phone could be good for some serious music enthusiast, though i heard Beats isn't much enhancement in the phone. (Wondering if there is an expandable memory card slot)
But the phone definitely looks sleek...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:08 4

33. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I think the 4.3" option is fine. Both Nokia and Samsung have huge screens if that is a deal breaker for you. This is the industry average these days. There are those who want top shelf options in a smaller screen. Some are probably upset there is no elite device in a 3.7" or 4.0" screen size.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:26 8

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

awesome! Windows Phone will beat iOS in no time!

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:26 10

3. jimjam (unregistered)

Wow looks like a lumia. Bad HTC.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:49 5

23. kirholstov (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

I think that it looks better than lumia

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:04 3

32. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

lumias looks way better. even the 8S looks better than 8X. lumia920>8S>8X design-wise.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:08

34. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Kirholstov, I voted you down because you expressed your opinion. You see, many of the commenters on PhoneArena are Nazis, and in lieu of being able to leverage the fear of death, choose to vote people down. I'm sure you understand.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:29 2

41. kirholstov (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Guys, this is only my opinion. I love the design of lumia but htc's design is a bit closer to me. I know that htc maybe even have copied Nokia's design.But I always loved htc design. Two years ago I bought htc desire. I'm happy with it. This year, probably, I will buy a new phone, and now I'm choosing between iPhone 5, Android and WP8.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:35 2

42. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

You're lucky to have these choices. When I was in the market for a new phone last spring it was a choice between Android, a vastly inferior WP7, and the aging iPhone 4S. Needless to say, I pretty much had only one choice...

Given the same opportunity now though, I don't know what I'd choose: all three operating systems have their benefits.

(By the way, I didn't actually vote you down.)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:55

44. kirholstov (Posts: 146; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Where are you from? :)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:31 1

46. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Dafuq? I vote people down cos i dont agree with them, but i do appreciate their right to voice their opinion. If you look at all the tumbs up/down you see what people think, not who hates whom...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:14 2

37. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

How can we judge without actually seeing them in person?

I will say this- Nokia and HTC are really entering the multi-color device world hard. If you want a more traditional look like a professional who is at meetings or clients a lot, maybe just your preference, the Samsung ATIV might actually score some points as it has a look way more mature (wrong word, but only one that is coming to my head right now).

I really like the multi-color options from Nokia and HTC. I have been itching for some choices. I love me some Samsung, but HTC has scored some points with me. The 8X will get a look see.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:34 2

48. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Both HTC and Nokia still offer black (and will probably release white versions later), and the gray one the 920 is nice enough. That said, I don't mind the colors, especially in a corporate environment, as it seems to state that I have a sense of individuality and personalization and won't conform to the monochromatic attitude

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:32 3

47. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

At least it looks good, and isn't a blatant copy like the ipod touch. I really like the curvature on the sides to the glass, much like the N9, Lumia 800, and the new ones, looks so inviting to touch and feel, unlike the harsh sharp edges of iDevices or the severe edge to the face transistion (typically with a different material ring, making it an even more unpleasent textural transistion) on many samsungs

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:27 4

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

looks like a lumia 820 with that color!

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:27 5

5. Savage (unregistered)

Lumia-like design by HTC. Fancy stepping into Samsung's shoes?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:57 2

29. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

Agreed. Looks like a bit duller Lumia 920, with less interesting colours and a somewhat unsharp feel (hard to put the finger on).

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:36 1

49. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I agree that the colors are less interesting (the yellow looks like old dull highlighter, unappealing), but I find the blue to be very pleasant. I've never been much of a fan of red, so I'll admit a slight bias there. Nokia's red is much oranger, so it's striking without being typical

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:27 3

6. papss (unregistered)

Me likes! Im happy to see all the support on w8 right now. As a Android owner this is good for competition.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:28 1

7. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

Any word on whether there's an SD slot or not? Otherwise I'm really liking this phone. 4.3 inches is enough for me and that screen sounds awesome. The Lumia is still probs my top choice though

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:48 2

22. exynos5 (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)

nope...the review is here...http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/19/windows-​phone-8x-by-htc-hands-on-microsofts-modern-mobile-​os-p/

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:28

8. jimjam (unregistered)

Does wp8 slove issues like wifi turning off when the screen is locked? Or internet sharing cutting off if there is a short period of inactivity? These two really forced me to buy another phone other than wp7.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:52 2

28. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

None of those issues are present on WP8. WP8 is like a whole new OS.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:28

10. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Eh... looks like a rectangular touch screen smart phone.. I WANT A QWERTY KEYBOARD darn it.. I want a DVP style device.. I guess for now its off to ebay to find a replacement DVP (Ironically.. keyboard is acting up)

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