Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hands-on with the Windows Phone 8X by HTC

Yes, the Windows Phone 8X by HTC is the official name of the device — the signature Windows Phone device by the Taiwanese company and Microsoft. It’s a mouthful, but I’ll simply call it the HTC 8X.

HTC Windows Phone 8X Philippines

The HTC 8X was announced back in mid-September as the company’s flagship Windows Phone, along with the 8S. The folks over at HTC were kind enough to hand us a unit for a review, and we’re sharing our initial impressions and some photos of the device.

HTC Windows Phone 8X Philippines 2

Upon pickup up the HTC 8X, first thing that came in my mind is that it’s no Lumia. While both are built with premium materials, holding the 8X doesn’t feel the same as holding a Lumia. The body of the HTC 8X is dominated by a single piece of shell which has a matte texture, giving it a smooth but grippy feel. The matte shell extends to the front of the device, which gives it a nice outline especially if you have one in blue, red, or yellow. The screen has a size of 4.3-inch, which may look small compared to the other flagship smartphones today. It is a Super LCD 2 display with an HD resolution. You will really like the crispiness of the display here.

HTC Windows Phone 8X Philippines 3

HTC gave the 8X a squarish share rather than a rounded one. The phone still doesn’t feel too blocky despite that, thanks to the tapered edges on the back. The camera sits flush on the back so there’s no added bulk on there.

The HTC 8X runs Windows Phone 8, and it is just snappy. We’re still testing out the phone and the OS and we’ll share our review once it’s ready.

HTC Windows Phone 8X C620E Specifications and Features
4.3 inch super LCD 2 touch screen with HD 720p resolution
Gorilla® Glass 2
8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures), Dedicated HTC ImageChip
F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
1080p video recording
Qualcomm® S4 1.5 GHz, Dual-core
16GB mass memory
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
NFC capable
Bluetooth® 3.1
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band)
Beats Audio™
Built-in amp
Digital compass
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor
1,800mAh battery capacity, non-removable
Windows Phone 8 OS

HTC has told us that the 8X will be released this November in the Philippines and will have a price tag of P28,880. There’s currently no info regarding carrier availability yet.

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