HTC announces the 8X with Windows Phone 8

Today, September 19th, HTC finally took the veil of their 8X device featuring Windows Phone 8. The device features an array of various technologies, including a 4.3” Super LCD2 display with Gorilla Glass2 at 720P resolution. In addition, the 8X features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage.

But perhaps the most interesting feature besides the included NFC and 8MP BSI camera, is the Beats audio software and hardware. The software features some advanced DSP and signal correction technology but the 8X also features a 2.55v amplifier to greatly increase sound output.

And just as important, the HTC 8X will be coming to AT&T (US) for an estimated price of $199...

Likewise, the phone features a 2MP front-facing camera with an F2 aperture and 88 degree wide-angle view, geared for better self-shots when out with friends. The camera also features HTC’s dedicated image processor for fast image rendering.

In addition to the new internal hardware, the 8X comes in four vibrant colors including California Blue, Limelight Yellow, Charcoal Black and Fire Red.

HTC 8X Red

The 8X was built from the ground up as a request to HTC by Microsoft to make a whole new experience and exciting design that builds off of the Windows Phone tile system. In that sense, the phone is the first of its type and brings and exciting new look to HTC’s Windows Phone 8 series.

Full specifications:

  • SIZE: 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12mm
  • WEIGHT:  130 grams with battery
  • DISPLAY: 341ppi super LCD 2 display, with Gorilla® Glass for greater durability. Optical lamination for superior sharpness & clarity plus reduced light reflection
  • SCREEN: 4.3-inch touch screen with HD 720p (1280x720) resolution
  • CPU SPEED - Qualcomm® S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • PLATFORM - Windows® Phone 8
  • SIM - Micro SIM
  • Total storage: 16 GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • NETWORK  - HSPA/WCDM ( 850/900/1900/2100 MHz); GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)


  • Proximity sensor
  •  Ambient light sensor
  • Digital compass
  • G-Sensor


  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack: plug any headphones with a standard-sized 3.5mm connector
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz)
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
  • NFC capable


  • 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
  •  f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChipTM for fast focus speed and clearer, sharper shots
  • Dedicated camera button


  • 2.1 megapixel camera
  •  f/2.0 aperture and ultra-wide-angle lens
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChipTM for fast focus speed and clearer, sharper shots


  • Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™ built in
  •  Enjoy bigger sound and superior fidelity with exclusive built-in Amplifiers

BATTERY - Capacity: 1,800 mAh

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.