HTC 8XT Review
There isn’t anything new to say about the UI on the HTC 8XT. It is the same as we found on the 8X, and basically the same as you’ll find on any Windows Phone 8 device. Thanks to Microsoft’s minimum hardware specs the 8XT runs fluidly, and the don’t-call-it-Metro interface is attractive as ever. The experience is fairly close to stock, with only a handful of the expected Sprint and HTC apps included. Check out our HTC 8X review for a more in-depth look at the operating system.
Processor and Memory
The 8X came with a capable dual-core S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz. While the 8XT has dropped to 1.4GHz, it features the new Snapdragon 400 processor with the updated Adreno 305 GPU. Real world performance isn’t significantly different, but the newer architecture allows for slightly improved battery life. Both devices run with 1GB of RAM, and while the 8X offered 16GB of internal storage to the 8XT’s 8GB, the 8XT allows for expansion via microSD which the 8X does not.
Internet and Connectivity
The stock browsing experience on Internet Explorer 10 is smooth and satisfying enough, similar to what we’ve seen from other Windows Phone 8 devices.
The 8XT is a dual-band CDMA device, with LTE on the 1900MHz spectrum; no GSM support this time around. It features all the radios you’d expect, such as Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and NFC.
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- Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
- Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 1800 mAh(14h talk time)