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HTC Windows Phone 8X Review

HTC Windows Phone 8X

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Call Quality:

HTC Windows Phone 8X Review
Proving to be right for the occasion, the HTC 8X manages to deliver the goods when it comes to call quality. Finding good things on both ends of the line, the earpiece produces natural sounding voices with zero evidence of distortion or background noise – while our callers mention experiencing the same thing. However, the only blemish is found with the speakerphone quality, as it’s very low in volume and produces a hint of distortion.

In our time testing out the 8X, it manages to maintain a solid connection to the network in high coverage areas – with no major fluctuations with its signal strength. Additionally, it didn’t drop any phone calls as well.


Carrying along an 1,800 mAh battery inside of its body, it doesn’t invoke something that would make us believe it’s going to last for the long haul. Instead, its performance is average at best, giving us a good one day of life with normal usage – and that’s strictly using the handset with HSPA+ only. Needless to say, 4G LTE connectivity will deliver results that are going to be considerably less than that.


Taking into account the $99.99 on-contract price attached to the HTC 8X right from the onset, it’s at an attractive price point that would handedly reel in some curious bystanders. To HTC’s credit, we absolutely love the direction they went with the 8X’s design, as it seemingly stands out magnificently from the staple of cold industrial designs we’re normally bombarded with. When you talk about the wow factor, they’ve really hit out of the ballpark with this one, but resounding beauty is more than skin deep.

Microsoft has been dormant of late, but with the arrival of Windows Phone 8, they hope to gain some incremental traction. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here because they’ve done very little to keep the platform moving at the same feverish rate as its main rivals. Yeah, we’ll give it that Windows Phone 8 has some attractive visual elements to it, like its Start Screen, but aside from that one notable item, there’s nothing drastically different to make existing users jump for joy. Moreover, we’re dismayed to find that HTC barely made a concentrated effort to refine the experience in some way.

Ultimately, the HTC 8X is surely a strong competitor in the Windows Phone camp, but as we look at the broader spectrum, it pales in comparison to some of the smartphone elites out there. Absolutely, its stylish looks and affordable price point are a great combination to win over some people, but there’s still the matter of that other premier Windows Phone 8 device in the Nokia Lumia 920.

Software version of the review unit:
Software: Windows Phone 8.0
OS Version: 8.0.9903.10
Firmware revision number: 1532.20.10022.401

HTC Windows Phone 8X Video Review:


  • Stylish looking design
  • Exquisitely detail screen
  • Affordable price point


  • Few worthwhile improvements with WP8
  • Lackluster low lighting photo quality
  • Weak internal speaker
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HTC Windows Phone 8X

HTC Windows Phone 8X

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 8
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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.21 x 2.61 x 0.40 inches
(132.3 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 11.3 hours talk time

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