User Interface and Functionality

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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20 Comments

1. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I love HTC

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

It is good for you to love HTC because in WP world there are no many OEMs to love, if you understand me... lol

7. LGphone5

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Its the quality to love from HTC. Android or WP. Not plastic like nexus or samsung

9. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I don´t know if you are aware, but the first nexus was made by HTC, and the last one was by yours LG... Think before write

11. LGphone5

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

I thought the last one was Asus? The 7? Does it ring a bell?

13. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

So Gold Star don't use Plastic!?

14. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I was talking about phone not tablet.

20. GilbertoJ

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

For any Sprint user coming from the HTC Arrive, this is a huge step up. Just like the Arrive before it, this 8XT is solid. It is light, yet not of a plastic-cheap-feeling build. It is just really nice to hold and use. Sure, it doesn't have a higher-res screen, and more memory would have been nice. But this device just feels great!! The sound quality with BoomSound is really nice, and even the sound over headphones is a step up. Windows Phone 8 is just great too!! A good step up from WP7.5. The camera is rated one less than "Excellent" for there certainly are better smartphone cameras out there, without mentioning names. So, can't be perfect there. And, as previously mentioned, there are better screen resolutions out there too, thus, not perfect there. However, both the camera and screen are still very nice. Bottom line, if you liked your HTC Arrive, you will love the 8XT. I suggest check best price for this phone at my blog: Mobileheavy.blogspot.com/p/htc-8xt.html Good luck!

2. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

8XT Vs 925.. Are you Kidding ,......?

3. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

This is more likely 8XT Vs 520

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

480x800? Really? I thought this was supposed to be an upgrade. Atleast the resolution could have remained unchanged...this is going to hurt!

6. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

This has a horrible design...It disgusts me in any way...

8. Sauce unregistered

May I ask why?

10. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It´s just ugly. The view hurts my eyes.

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I think you are in the minority on that. People i've talked to about it like the design.

17. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

It´s okay, nobody likes the same.

12. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

To HTC no more cons about LAK of apps ? :))) Omfg ... this is phonearea !!!

16. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Too bad this is on Sprint's horrible network had to return & back to Tmobile well metroPCS right now where I am but there on Tmobiles network in my area . Looking forward to using Htc one S . Just got good deal on. To bad because this was a good device while I tried it. But again Sprint just doesn't cut it. I wonder how long they can hold on to the number 3 spot. I do find myself missing some certain apps too WP is still lacking & not just garbage ones. One of my banking apps etc is not on WP.

18. anugakarthik

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

Hi guys i purchased a new HTC 8xt mobile from mydeals 247.com,try it now they are providing at low price,and good service by them

19. Padfoneluva

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

I haven't had a chance to play with this phone yet since the 2 Sprint stores I went to didn't have it! I will be getting the Samsung but the one thing that stands out to me is all of these phone look alike. With that in mind the only real thing they can do is make them a decent size. The ultimate would be ASUS Padfone with WP on it but like Sprint ASUS has it's head up it's A$$!
8XT
  • 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)

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