With the release of the Windows Phone 8 operating system comes an array of new Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is one of them. Here are the top 10 facts you need to know about the HTC Windows Phone 8X.
1. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is One of the First Windows Phone 8 Phones
The new Windows Phone 8 operating system is here to compete with Android and Apple and alone with it a variety of new smartphones to show off its capabilities. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is one of them along with the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, the HTC Windows Phone 8S and the Samsung Galaxy Ativ S
2. California Blue and Limelight (Yellow) Versions Exclusive to AT&T
AT&T is the only carrier to offer the HTC Windows Phone 8X in the bright Calfornia blue and Limelight yellow colors. The colors for the other carriers are black and red.
3. It Has a Stunning HD Display and Camera
The HTC 8X has a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display with a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution. The high resolution really makes the live tiles feature pop on the home screen. The rear camera is 8 megapixels with a 2.1-megapixel, 88 degree, ultra-wide front-facing camera.
4. It’s Thin, but Not Flimsy
When you hold an HTC 8X for the first time you’ll notice that it is incredibly thin, but it’s not flimsy at all. The thickest part of the phone measures 10.12 millimeters with a pillow-shaped contoured back topped with a soft finish. Needless to say, it feels nice in the palm of your hand.
5. It’s the First Windows Phone 8 Smartphone With Built-In Beats Audio
Beats Audio is a high quality sound system made by Dr. Dre and the HTC phones are the only ones that come with it built in.
6. It’s Biggest Competition is the Nokia Lumina 920
Another Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920, is the biggest competition for the HTC 8X. The two even look similar. Both have the same curved display surrounded by a frame of color and rectangular shape with fairly sharp corners and rounded edges.
7. Awkward Lock Button Placement
A minor, but reoccurring complaint is that the lock button is placed in an awkward position. One reviewer at TechTree notes that it is placed on the top right part of the phone, making it uncomfortable for single-handed use.
8. The HTC Windows Phone 8X Has a Decent Battery Life
The battery lasts a full day as long as your not browsing the internet or playing games too much, which is like any smartphone around. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either.
9. Pricing Starts at $99.99
The 8GB starts at $99.99 and the 16GB at $199.99, with a two-year contract of course. Pretty standard.
10. The HTC Wndows Phone 8X is Available to AT&T on Nov. 9