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HTC 8X in the flesh, first impressions

HTC’s flagship handset under the Windows Phone 8 line-up is the HTC Windows Phone 8X. HTC claims Microsoft liked the line-up so much they asked HTC if they could just name it like WP8, which they did.

HTC introduced the 8X and the 8S with some very funky colors although the design signature is still very familiar to their previous line-up. The HTC ue.8X that we were able to check out was the one in deep blue (almost purple-ish). It has that smooth, matte finish and a black bezel that almost cut to the edge.

The tapered edge gives it that really thin impression and helps make it better on the grip. The middle portion is a little ticker though at a little over 10mm.


The glass panel at the front reminds us of the one they did with the HTC One X (only less curvy) and with the somewhat embossed corner. The display looks stunning, bright, very crisp and you can really appreciate the high pixel density.

HTC 8X C625e specs:
4.3 SLCD2 @ 1280x720p, 341ppi
Gorilla Glass 2
Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 Krait 1.5GHz dual-core
Adreno 225 Graphics
16GB internal storage
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Beats Audio
Bluetooth 3.1
8MP rear AF camera, f/2.0 with LED flash
2.1MP front-facing camera
1080p video recording
1800mAh Li-Po battery
Windows Phone 8

The integrated Beats Audio does the job really well then hooked up to a Beats headphones although the speakers at the back sounded pretty crisp and loud even if you put down the phone on its back. The 8X uses a micro-SIM card which is inserted via a hidden slot on the side.

If you’re familiar with Windows Phone 7 or 7.5, then WP8 is almost similar in terms of UI layout and behavior. In fact, aside from the smaller tiles, it would be a bit hard to distinguish it from the old OS (it’s because most of the improvements were done on the back-end and not really in the UI). As expected, the system feels pretty spiffy — smooth transition, responsive UI and much improved performance compared to the previous WP7 handsets we’ve tried before.

The HTC 8X is supposed to be available in stores in the Philippines today but we don’t have any idea on the suggested retail price yet. We’ll update this once we get those details.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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12 Responses

  1. hason says:

    i like the HTC One X+..

  2. hatch says:

    Hi Yuga

    I find your every article about windows phone a bit biased!!! #engadgetStyle
    Just saying!!!

  3. John says:

    Don’t buy this ‘flagship’. It DOESN’T have a gyroscope. You can’t play games on it and the orientation only works at portrait !! If you want a Windows Phone, you’re better off with the Lumia 920/820 or the Samsung Ativ S.

    • Darren says:

      oh really? thank you forthis info. i hope yugatech includes issues/infos like this in their reviews. (if they already got a sample)hihi.
      and is it 4g/LTE able?

  4. Ronald says:

    Hi Yuga. Has Windows Phone 8 adressed the wifi-disconnect issue?? On WP7, the phone disconnects from wifi when locked/put on sleep, which is a giant flaw.

    Is the same still true for these WP8 devices?

  5. doggydog says:

    sana ayusin ng htc android nila. panget ang windows phone 8. gusto ko to mag fail para next yr focus na lang sila sa android at galingan na nila pag gawa

    hoy HTC gawa kayo ng oneXXX yun quad core s4, 4 gb ram, 4000mAh batt, 1080p true HD IPS display, 13 MP with dedicated camera button, USB port (hnd micro), HDMI port, lahat na

    pag gumawa kayo ng ganyan ang base specs sure ako mabuburaot no ang samsung!! at sure ako buy ako cp nyo

  6. doggydog says:

    remember nyo htc kaya kayo ng flop sa one x nyo kasi wala micro SD slot, tae kayo ganda ng design nyo pero pupu ang kulang dagdag memory!!

    makinig kayo sa advise ko gawin nyo ang OneXXX na gusto with micro sd slot. pasok nyo na din android 4.2 at

    balik kayo sa kasikatan, o hire nyo ako madali lang ako i email. ako mag dedesign ng cp nyo

    • Ukin Inau Amin says:

      Di huwag ikaw bili ng HTC; bakit may pera ka ba pambili ng HTC. Doon ikaw sa myphone; yabang mo akala mo naman may pambili ka kahit isang kilong mani.

  7. wiz says:

    Beautiful. So xcitd for wp8

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  9. Joshua Mir De Vera says:

    just wanna ask if ano mas ok
    lumia 920
    or htc 8x?

    nauupgrade ba sa pilipinas ang win 8 to win 8.1?

    ok po ba connection ng htc 8x and ang cam niya po kamusta
    ano mas ok lumia or ito

  10. Joshua Mir De Vera says:

    just wanna ask if ano mas ok
    lumia 920
    or htc 8x?

    nauupgrade ba sa pilipinas ang win 8 to win 8.1?

    bibili ako dis week d ako makapag decide 10 k budget ko

    ok po ba connection ng htc 8x and ang cam niya po kamusta
    ano mas ok lumia or ito

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