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November 22, 2012

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Hands on HTC 8X

by TGN
Windows Phone

8X by HTC

I usually look forward to new smartphones but when the HTC 8X was released I didn’t care much. The built in 16GB memory and no expansion card slot made this phone something I didn’t appeal to me. The other day I got a chance to see it and I was pleasantly surprised by its great design. The clean and modern interface with live tiles immediately catches your attention.

Hardware:7.5/10

1.5GHz  dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM, exactly what the Lumia 920 has but without the pureview camera. The display is an LCD 4.3 inch with a 720p resolution and a PPI of 341(Iphone 5 is 326ppi) which really makes the screen and the live tiles look amazing. 16GB of internal storage is all one has due to a lack of expansion slot.


Design:10/10

As soon as you see it, you immediately notice how amazingly thin it is. It is extremely well designed. Thin on the edges with a curved back it sits very comfortably in your hand. HTC 8X’s polycarbonate unibody instantly gives you the feel of a premium device. The device is very similar to the Lumia 920, ofcourse other than its size. In my opinion this is the best designed handset by HTC till date and loaded with windows 8 OS this device looks amazing.

Camera:7/10

With an 8MP shooter on the back and a 2.1 MP in the front makes this decent camera………..but not a great one. I found the shutter speed to be too slow for my liking, HTC did a bad job here. All is not lost, the wide angle lense is a something which is a good edition. Below is a comparison of the HTC 8x Camera and the Iphone 5.

TAKEN BY HTC 8X In Low Light

The 8X offered a brighter picture however it was the Iphone 5 which had more detail.


TAKEN BY IPHONE 5 In Low Light

Low light picture

In a decent lit room the HTC 8X again fell behind the Iphone 5. The colors and details seemed washed out.

TAKEN BY HTC 8X in a regularly lit room

TAKEN BY THE IPHONE 5 in a regularly lit room

The Iphone wins by a land slide against the 8X so you can imagine how much difference there would be when comparing with Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920.

Battery: 5.5/10

1800mAh which isnt that much these days with all what we use our smartphones for. It looses around 10% while you sleep and it would barely gets you thru the day. Definitely not the best I’ve seen.

Pro’s:

  • Premium build quality, look and feel.
  • A fresh OS. Windows Market apps are growing each day.

Con’s:

  • Camera quality not at par with other premium devices.
  • Lack of apps.
  • No expandable memory.

WORTH MENTIONING:

When setting up your device its important to know which country you are choosing in the initial setup. Most apps are available for the UK/US. I set it up initially for Pakistan and had a difficult time finding basic free and paid apps both however was able to register my credit card and purchase paid apps. My second setup was UK. This allowed me to find pretty much all my every day apps which I used on the Iphone however I was unable to register my credit card since it did not match the market thus I was unable to buy apps using this method. Luckily I have a pay pal account which works just fine for paid apps so unless you have a paypal account Id advise you to think twice which country you choose. More free apps and no paid apps vs Few free apps and few paid apps.

Availability:

HTC 8X is available in the UK for £399 sim free and Rs. 53,000 in Pakistan.

Detailed specs below taken from  here

SIM Free & Unlocked Yes
Operating System Windows Phone
Version 8
Custom Skin
Processor
Speed 1.5GHz Dual-Core
Dual Core Yes
Quad Core
Make/Model Qualcomm S4
Other
Expansion Slot
Type
Capacity (Up to)
RAM 1GB
ROM
Internal Storage Yes
Capacity 16GB
Display/Screen
Touchscreen Yes
Size 4.3
Type Super LCD 2
Resolution 720p
Other Gorilla Glass 2
GSM/GPRS Yes
Frequencies 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Speed
3G/HSPA Yes
Frequencies 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Speed With 2100 diversity and DC HSDPA for up to 42Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload
4G
Frequencies
Speed
Bluetooth Yes
Version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
Functions
WiFi Yes
Version IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
DLNA
Version
Ports
Data MicroUSB
Power MicroUSB
Audio 3.5mm
Video Out
Facebook Yes
Device Controls
Keyboard
Optical Trackpad
Hardware Buttons
Other
GPS Yes
Antenna Type Internal Glonass
A-GPS Yes
Built-in Software Bing Maps
Camera Yes
Megapixels 8
Flash Autofocus, LED flash and BSI sensor
Camera Lens F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
Other 1080p video recording
Front Facing Camera Yes
Type Wide-angle lens, 2.1MP, 1080p video recording, dedicated HTC ImageChip, F2.0 aperture
Sensors
G-Sensor Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Digital Compass and Gyro Yes
Light Sensor Yes
Audio
Formats .aac, .amr, .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .asf, .wma (verison 9 and 10)
Recording .wav (w/OneNote)
Video
Formats .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, m4v, asf, .wmv (version 9 and 10)
Recording .mp4
Near Field Communication Yes
FM Radio
Battery
Capacity 1800 mAh
Type Embeded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery
Removable
Call Time
GSM
3G
Standby Time
GSM
3G
Dimensions 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm
Weight 130g with battery
Software
Other
Warranty
3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 22 2012

    I bought a Windows phone earlier this year (February) when they were relatively unheard of and uncool. I love mine! It’s awesome, and more and more apps are being developed each day. Check it out…you might just be a convert!

    Reply
    • Nov 22 2012

      Loving the 8X. You’re absolutely right 🙂

      Reply
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