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Carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless
Manufacturer: HTC
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What's hot: Gorgeous design and cool colors.

What's not: Lacks Nokia's value added apps from the Lumia Windows Phone line.


Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

The HTC 8X Windows 8 smartphone is one of the best looking and pleasing phones to hold in the hand. The soft touch finish and pyramid design with tapering sides is comfy and grippy, and the phone looks like none other on the market. We particularly like HTC's vibrant color options, though low keys types can always opt for black. Unlike the excellent Nokia Lumia 920 that's locked into an ATT exclusive, you can get the 8X on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. The price and color selection vary from carrier to carrier.


In our video we look at the Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile versions of the HTC 8X. Honestly, they're all identical other than cellular radio bands, carrier bundled apps (which are removable) and color options. AT&T takes the divide a little farther, offering not just the standard 16 gig 8X for $199 in California Blue (the color of our review units) with contract, but also the Limelight color (zingy yellow) 8 gig for $99. Verizon offers the phone for $199 with contract in your choice of red, blue or back with 16 gigs of storage and it's the only US 8X with Qi wireless charging. T-Mobile's 8X lacks LTE since they don't have an LTE network and it comes in blue for $149 with contract.


The HTC 8X has a high pixel density 4.3" Super LCD II display with Gorilla Glass running at 1280 x 720 (just slightly lower resolution than the 4.5" Lumia 920). It's a good looking display with excellent text clarity and good color saturation, though it doesn't wow up like the Lumia 920's richly colorful display. Like most phones except the Lumia smartphones and iPhone, it becomes hard to see outdoors in sunlight.


Like all Windows 8 smartphones, it runs on a capable 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU with Adreno 225 graphics. That's the same CPU and graphics you'll find in most high end US Android smartphones. It benchmarks similarly to the Lumia 920 and Android phones like the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III, though it does much better at the Sunspider Javascript test where it sits at the top of the heap with the Lumia 920 and iPhone 5. Windows Phone has always felt extremely responsive, even in the old single core Windows Phone 7 days, and the 8X is responsive to the max.


The HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920.

The phone has dual band WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and a GPS. HTC doesn't have their own navigation solution like Nokia, so if you want spoken turn-by-turn directions you'll have to pay for your carrier's bundled solution (TeleNav, AT&T Navigator or VZNavigator) or go with TeleNav's Scout. Bing Maps does provide good maps with extensive POI's and on-screen navigation directions, though it lacks spoken directions.



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The HTC is unique looking, absolutely stunning and we love the color selection. It's a quality piece of hardware with an excellent HD display, Beats audio and it's plenty fast. Windows Phone 8's app selection is gaining steam and the OS is now robust enough that it's a good time to try Windows Phone. The HTC 8X's biggest problem in the US is the bargain priced yet high end Nokia Lumia 920 that sells for less and doubles storage while adding excellent free navigation.

Price: varies with carrier, typically $199 with contract for 16 gig model.



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Display: 4.3" Super LCD 2 with Gorilla Glass 2. Resolution: 1280 x 720. Has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor and gyro.

Battery: 1800 mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable.

Performance: 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core CPU with Adreno 225 graphics. 1 gig RAM and 8 or 16 gigs storage.

Size: 5.2 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches. Weight: 4.58 ounces.

GPS: Has GPS with GLONASS and digital compass.

Phone: GSM quad band with 3G/4G HSPA+ on AT&T and T-Mobile (AT&T adds 4G LTE). Verizon: CDMA dual band digital with 3G EV-DO Rev. A and 4G LTE. Has mobile hotspot feature.

Camera: 2.1MP from camera and rear 8MP camera with BSI, f/2.0 lens, HTC ImageChip and LED flash.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack. Beats Audio.

Networking: Integrated dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and NFC.

Software: Windows Phone 8.

Expansion: None.


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