HTC and Microsoft teamed up to release two smartphones for when Windows Phone 8 launched in late 2012. One of those handsets was the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, commonly called the HTC 8X. It launched and was generally well received by the public. It was one of two flagship devices available at launch for Windows Phone 8 – the other being the Nokia Lumia 920. In the United States the HTC 8X had the advantage of being on three carriers, whereas the Lumia 920 was only available on AT&T.

The HTC 8X is a svelte device. It has a 4.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1280p x 720p and weighed only 130 g. Inside you had a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB of memory and your choice of either 16GB or 32GB of storage. There is no microSD card slot for expanding the storage.

An 8MP camera could be found on the rear of the device, while a 2.1MP front-facing camera gives you the best selfies. Wireless charging through the Qi-standard was only available on the Verizon model of the HTC 8X. An 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery would get you through your day.