HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

Out of the woodworks, Microsoft is about to embark in yet another chapter in its mobile platform story. Rightfully so, they have a lot of support from longtime smartphone manufacturers who believe that there is a budding growth worth investing with Windows Phones. In fact, we all know way too well how there has always been a symbiotic relationship between the Redmond based company and Taiwanese handset maker HTC.

Would you believe that it has been over six months since our eyes last feasted upon a Windows Phone device from HTC? For those of you who might’ve forgotten, which shouldn’t be too surprising considering Window Phone device releases have been non-existent of late, it was none other than the HTC Titan II. Now that Windows Phone 8 is making a big push, the Taiwan based company is banking to see its HTC 8X being the premier smartphone for the platform out of the gate. Indeed, it’s treading a different path with its out-of-character design, but will it be enough to compete in the ring with some of today’s heavy hitters in the business?

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Stereo Headphones


It’s hard not to point it out, but some would argue that HTC took a bit out of Nokia’s playbook with the design of the 8X – especially when that the handset is available in a wide array of bright and flamboyant colors. However, upon closer examination, it’s a unique design that’s in stark comparison to the cold industrial designs we’ve seen attached to many of the maker’s previous efforts. Whereas Nokia’s Lumia handsets have flat top and bottom trims, the HTC 8X employs tapered angles around its sides that converge seamlessly together in the rear – giving it the illusion of having an even skinnier frame (0.4” thick). Wrapping our hand around it, the 8X feels comfortable enough as our hand perfectly hugs the contour of the smartphone’s rear.

In addition to that, the design is further complemented by its solid unibody construction, light feel (4.59 oz), and clean appearance due to its soft touch finish. Honestly, it’s appreciable in so many levels because we haven’t necessarily seen this kind of design from HTC, but more importantly, it goes to show that the company is willing to jump outside the box and experiment with other uncanny designs. Indubitably, the palatable color options surely sprinkles a dose of character and style to the handset, which is wonderful in being attention grabbers from the onset.

You can compare the HTC Windows Phone 8X with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

As usual, it’s sporting the usual trio of capacitive Windows buttons we’ve been familiar with beneath its screen, which are spaced far away from one another to reduce accidental presses. Yet again, the handset shows a nice balance with its design thanks to the color-splashed earpiece. Nearby, we find its ultra-wide 88-degree angle 2-megapixel front-facing camera that’s tucked away in the upper left corner.

Although we love the uniform and flush look of the handset, we’re not particularly fond of its physical power button and volume control – mainly because they’re notoriously difficult to feel out with our fingers due to their flush appearance. However, we do appreciate the two-level shutter key that provides us instant access to the camera UI by long-pressing it. Rounding things out, there’s a 3.5mm headset jack, noise-cancelling microphone, standard mic, and microUSB port on the handset – the latter of which only offers data and charging connectivity.

Around the rear, its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera stands out amongst other things due to the shiny metallic trim around its lens. Sure, it’s not a size that’s pushing the boundaries, but nevertheless, it features HTC’s exclusive ImageSense technology, ultra-wide f/2.0 aperture lens, LED flash, and the ability to shoot videos in 1080p. Towards the bottom portion of the rear, microdots line in unison to consist its speaker grill, but above that, the familiar Beats Audio logo reminds us that it’s going to offer us an exceptional audio experience.


It’s not a massive size that we find on here, but rather, it’s a modest 4.3-inch Super LCD-2 display that’s sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Comforting to say the least, it’s about darn time that Windows Phones moved up in resolution – especially all previous Windows Phones employed WVGA.

Visually, it‘s a beautiful thing to behold with its exquisitely sharp details (342 ppi pixel density), punchy colors, wide viewing angles, and good visibility outdoors – all of the characteristics of a wonderful screen. And just like on the HTC One X, the display curves slightly around the edge to provide a seamless transition between it and the handset’s trim. Knowing that we’ve seen this kind of display elsewhere, we’re not totally bonkers over it, but for a Windows Phone, there’s no arguing that it’s a delightful sight for sore eyes.

HTC Windows Phone 8X 360-degrees View:



1. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Good one .. but still would go with Lumia 920 ..

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I feel the same here too, I love it but there something better around the corner, this doesn't mean I'm saying it's a bad phone.

27. MeoCao unregistered

This is a ugly phone: too thick and looks like a toy not a serious device.

31. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

why such a thick bezel HTC? It makes it look a bit dated,

43. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

48. GMC626

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

The bezels seem about the same size as those on the iPhone 5.

32. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

thn just take a black 8X

35. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

It is not ugly.. its targeted for the younger crowd. Older business men and middle aged adults are not welcome.

58. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

This HTC has similar looks to the Nokia Lumia range... hate this design? hate nokia lumias.

59. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

no 1 can hate this design or the Lumia's design , it's true that HTC copied the nokia deign but for some people it's a good thing cuz if some1 hates nokia and likes the lumia design then this is a perfect choice hhhhh :P

65. fredje

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

I have one and I like the design and the material. it may be 1 cm thick but I feels perfect in the hand and looks and feels like a 0.8 cm device. It doesn't look or feel cheap

10. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

this one is pretty good too. I like it Ill wait until the lumia 920 to make my decision on which one is better

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

'O' wait for the NineTwenty!

22. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011 must be on at&t. Good for you. Hope you enjoy the terrible coverage, horrible reception, and worst customer service in history on your 920.

26. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

at&t isn't that bad as it used to be...

28. johnny9000

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

I love how anyone who has ever been burned by a company can make blanket statements like that. I've been a customer of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. I have talked to great customer service reps on all 3 networks, and horrible ones. From what everyone tells me, there is a "best" customer service (US Cellular), but there is no way AT&T is the worst, not by a long shot. And network reception is all relative and depends on where you live.

66. vzwapple83

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

39. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

In short, the phone is exactly as expected: a good, solid product, which runs a good, solid OS with a few small gaps like app count (which isn't that important if the good ones that last a while are there), and it's priced very well to match. There wasn't anything broken, so nothing to fix, thus no sweeping huge UI changes. It's a OneX+ running WP8 with a slightly different body. If this were an iphone it would have gotten a 9.

42. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

3. vikkmix

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Oh yeeah a HTC WP phone with GOOD camera!

7. Vikranth

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

A Good Camera...Then it shd be Lumia 920...

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

not all nokias have good cameras... my 3310 just gives me black screen

40. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012're seriously comparing a 3310 with a 920? Might as well be comparing a disposable camera with a Leica...

62. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012


4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Damn, tech news are STORMING today. Hope everybody will be all right.

11. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I see what you did there :)

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

You forgot about the Live Wallpaper/Lock Screen function.

12. shirtlessrabbit4

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

Amen! I knew there was quite a bit more that pa left out!

14. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Not only that, They forgot about Xbox music, The Wallet, the new Skype, Skydrive, the new Office 2013, Smart glass......etc.

23. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Thank you both. WP 8 devices getting reviewed the day of the announcement? Not buying they spent a ton of time understanding it. I truly do not expect an Android set of features yet. I am betting it is vastly better then WP 7, and that developers will be happier to develop for the wallet hub, the family hub, the new camera capabilities, ect. I enjoy the WP experience. I just want improvements. And there are a TON.
Windows Phone 8X
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(11.3h talk time)

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