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HTC Windows Phone 8X review

The HTC 8X is the signature Windows Phone 8 device, but is it any good?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Elegant, latest WP8 OS
  • Unibody polycarbonate design
  • Fantastic contacts integration

Against

  • No removable battery
  • No expandable memory
  • Rubbish multiple calendar support
  • Mediocre battery life

Battery life

The battery in the HTC 8X isn't the largest you'll come across at a pretty-measly-by-modern-standards 1800mAh. Plus, it's sealed in, so even if you do manage to get your hands on a spare, you'll be able to do no more than look wistfully at it.

HTC 8X review

At the time of writing this review, even HTC wasn't giving estimates of talk time on its website. So we can't call their claims into question but that's fine since so much power on modern phones is used up through other things that don't involve phone calls anyway.

Our impression of the battery on the HTC Windows Phone 8X is that it's standard HTC fare. Which means that it's OK if you use it frugally, but as soon as you approach anything near real-world use, forget it! The sad thing is that even after all these years, HTC can't make a decent battery.

We took our unit off charge at 8am. We had Wi-Fi on and Bluetooth connected for about 20 mins to the car stereo. We sent about 25 text messages over the course of the day, a handful of emails, took 13 photos, one video and browsed the web for 40 mins or so. By just after 5pm, the battery was down to 10%.

If you turn off all your syncing, you may do better. But the issue here is that this is a phone that is meant to be connected – that's the whole point in Windows Phone.

It's a shame that HTC can't reflect that. There is also a battery saver option which you can engage in times of emergency. But that disables services when the screen is off and makes your email revert to manual fetch. It's functional, but not ideal.

Connectivity

As for connectivity, you have all of the usual suspects here from Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (which explains our fast surf speeds) to Bluetooth and GLONASS GPS.

You've also got NFC support though that doesn't appear to be the most exciting technology right now, but Windows Phone 8 is the first Microsoft OS to support the contactless tech, so it's at least a positive step.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyWindows Phone 8X
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 700, LTE 850, LTE 1700, LTE 1900, LTE 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 8
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density342 ppi
Height132.4 mm
Width66.2 mm
Depth10.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameWindows Phone 8X Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineWindows Phone 8X
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number99HSK020-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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