Announced back in September, the HTC 8X is HTC's first high-end Windows Phone 8 which becomes available anytime soon around the world. Running Microsoft's brand new and latest Windows Phone version, the 8X is powered by a Qualcomm S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5 GHz. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quadband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 42 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mpbs) at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 3.1, WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz, NFC and comes with support for GPS and Glonass. Furthermore onboard are a G-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor. The 4.3" LCD 2 Gorilla Glass 2 protected touchscreen has a HD 720p resolution which means it shows 1280×720 pixel; while optical lamination reduces reflections and glare.
The 8 megapixel main camera with auto focus, LED flash and its BSI sensor (for better low-light captures) is already well known from the HTC One X and One S. It comes with an F2.0 aperture and a 28 mm lens which allows to record 1080p HD videos. Like the front facing camera, the main camera is supported by a dedicated HTC ImageChip (see a couple of test photos at our Facebook page). The front camera is something special since it allows to capture more with the ultra-wide-angle lens, which even supports 2.1 megapixel, also has a F2.0 aperture and allows to record 1080p HD videos too.
But the 8X isn't only good for photos and videos but also features great studio-quality sound with Beats Audio built in, by even having stronger superior fidelity with exclusive built-in amplifier chip for the Headphone connection.
Not a surprise at all is HTC's high-quality soft matte-finished, polycarbonate body of the 8X which makes the device as light and as durable as possible. At a size of 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm, the 8X weights 130 g only, including the 1800 mAh Li-ion Polymer battery. The Windows Phone typical menu keys are backlight iluminted and fur sure is the 8X also sporting the required dedicated camera key.
The HTC 8X comes with 16 GB memory which is, unfortunately, not expandable. However, like all Windows Phone 8 devices, the 8X has also access to Microsoft's exclusive 7 GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage. This helps to upload photos and videos to the cloud without carrying all of them on the device and occupying valuable memory.
The black, blue, limelight yellow and red Windows Phone 8X by HTC is now or soon available across the world and retails for around 549 Euro without a contract.
Cheers ~ Arne