Hands on HTC 8X
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Premium build quality, look and feel.
- A fresh OS. Windows Market apps are growing each day.
- Camera quality not at par with other premium devices.
- Lack of apps.
- No expandable memory.
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.
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|
|Capacity (Up to)|
|Type||Super LCD 2|
|Other||Gorilla Glass 2|
|Speed||With 2100 diversity and DC HSDPA for up to 42Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload|
|Version||2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate|
|Version||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Antenna Type||Internal Glonass|
|Built-in Software||Bing Maps|
|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|
|Digital Compass and Gyro||Yes|
|Formats||.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .asf, .wma (verison 9 and 10)|
|Formats||.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, m4v, asf, .wmv (version 9 and 10)|
|Near Field Communication||Yes|
|Type||Embeded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery|
|Dimensions||132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm|
|Weight||130g with battery|