In the market where most smartphones come with Android operating system, a phone with Windows is still somewhat of a rarity. If you do not want to be one of the millions of folks who flash their phones with the “little green guy” inside, then AT&T has just the right thing for you – the new HTC Windows Phone 8X.
The HTC 8X running the latest Windows 8 software is available in two colors: California Blue and Limelight, and two storage options: 8 GB and 16 GB. Note that the 16 GB model comes only in Blue. The new HTC Windows Phone 8X will set you back $99.99 for the 8 GB model or $199.99 for the 16 GB version. Of course, this is the price you will pay if you sign a new service agreement.
Still having doubts? Keep on reading. As we already mentioned, what makes the phone stand out in the crowd is its operating system – Windows 8, which offers entirely new experience. The system is easy to use and intuitive and provides quick access to Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Live Messanger. You can change the size and color of the tiles, so they fit your preferences best.
HTC Windows Phone 8X – Overview
As for the smartphone itself, HTC Windows Phone 8X is no ordinary device. It features a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 touch screen made scratch-resistant with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The display has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution (HD 720p), support for 16 million colors and 16:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood you will find a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz with Adreno 225 GPU for graphics, which cooperates perfectly with 1 GB of RAM. The storage capacity is of 8 GB or 16 GB and unfortunately is not expandable so you may want to give some thought on the issue to choose the version, which suits your needs best.
The HTC Windows Phone 8X packs two cameras. The front one offers 2.1 megapixel still images with HD 1080p video capture. The 8 megapixel rear shooter has auto focus, LED flash enhanced to perform better in low light conditions, 4x zoom, HD 1080p video capture and works with HTC Image Chip with 88° wide angle image field.
As far as connectivity is concerned, you will enjoy impressive 4G LTE speeds, Bluetooth version 3.1 for wireless communication with headsets or car kits, DLNA and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot capability, so you will be able to share your 4G LTE connection with up to 4 devices.
The phone comes pre-loaded with a number of useful apps, for example Photo Enhancer, Converter, Attentive Phone, HTC Hub, Windows Live, Xbox Games, AT&T Navigator, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T U-verse Live TV, YPmobile, AT&T Code Scanner, and AT&T Radio.
The device is also equipped with a music player with Xbox Music and Beats Audio compatible with numerous music formats, for instance MP3, WMA 9.2, WMA Pro, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, QCELP, WAV, ADPCM, G.711, 3GP, AMR-NB, MPEG-4, H.263 Profile 0, H.264, and M4A.