Journalists lined a New York venue in much the same fashion at the start of September when Nokia took to the stage to announce their new entries into the Windows Phone 8 space, the Lumias 820 and 920. It’s HTC’s turn to set the bar as they reveal another duo of Windows Phone 8 goodness into the mix along with Nokia and Samsung.
Heavily rumoured ahead of release as the Accord, the HTC 8X or ‘Windows Phone 8X by HTC’ as it’s officially known, is the new flagship WP8 handset from the Taiwanese manufacturer. It arrived on stage accompanied by its smaller sibling the new HTC 8S, but holds a distinctive styling all its own.
What’s more it, along with the 8S, mimics the structure of HTC’s latest Android One Series devices, with the ‘X’ denoting flagship status and the ‘S’ falling to the second in command. But what does HTC bring to the table to help its Windows Phone 8 flagship stand out.
What are its main features?
In contrast to Nokia’s approach, where they bolster a phone’s hardware prowess with Nokia-specific Windows Phone apps, HTC have opted to push the merits of the 8X into its design and hardware capabilities above all else. The 8X has a unique look hard edges and soft curves, blended together. HTC told us during our encounter with the 8X the company didn’t want to bring across the aesthetic of their previous Windows Phone devices and as such, brought a fresh sheet of paper to the table. The 8X’s main features are its large display, capable camera and Beats audio integration.
- 4.3-inch HD 1280×720 LCD 2 w/ Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB non-removable storage
- 8-megapixel camera with BSI sensor (improves low-light)
- 1080p HD video recording w/ stereo sound
- 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera w/ f/2.0 wide-angle lens
- Dual-band WiFi with hotspot functionality
- 3G connectivity
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Enlarged speakerphone and headphone amplifiers with Beats Audio
- 130 grams
- 1800 mAh battery
What operating system does the HTC 8X run?
As with the new Nokia Lumias and the Samsung Ativ S, the HTC 8X is part of the new breed of Windows Phone 8 handsets, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s mobile operating system to grace the market.
What are the alternatives?
The Samsung Ativ S was announced during IFA 2012 in Berlin, whilst the new flagship Nokia, the Lumia 920 was announced two weeks ago exactly, also in New York. As both of these handsets take flagship Windows Phone 8 status, they’re logical rivals to the 8X. Meanwhile, the forthcoming iPhone 5 should also enter the ring along with the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Sony Xperia T from the Android camp, all boast powerful processors and imaging prowess, much like the 8X.
How much will the HTC 8X cost?
Unlocked-Mobiles.com have been the first to share their SIM free pricing for both the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and its smaller brother the 8S. Whilst the the 8S clocks in at under £225 off contract, the more powerful 8X offers flagship specs and services for under £400, priced on the site at £398.98.
Now Three UK are joining the fray, albeit involuntarily as pricing information has been leaked to GSM Arena regarding both the handset’s PAYG and contract pricing. The 8X will be on offer from the UK carrier for £349.99 on PAYG and looks set to feature across nine of their most significant plans including The One Plan, with the cheapest handset cost standing at £29 on a 24 month contract at £30 a month.
Where will the HTC 8X be available?
Based on our initial encounter with the 8X ahead of its official announcement, HTC told us that they weren’t actively looking for carrier exclusives, so expect all the major UK carriers to offer the HTC 8X not long after launch. Three has also confirmed it will be selling the HTC 8X.
When will the HTC 8X be available?
Initial availability was slated for early November, now Unlocked-Mobiles.com have confirmed that the new HTC Windows Phone flagship will be available from November 5th, with pre-orders available now. Meanwhile November the 15th is the date to place in your calendars if you’re waiting for it on Three.