Quick demo of the HTC 8X with audio amplifier
As you may have noticed, the new HTC 8X for Windows Phone 8 features a nice little hardware amplifier (2.55v) to boost audio output.
We got to sample it today in New York and you’ll see as I try to narrate over the audio, I simply cannot compete. While it’s hard to get the “real feel” via video, from our limited experience we can say it does indeed make a difference. Audio is noticeably louder and just as sharp without distortion. Running a line-out to some speakers or other media device should ensure some pumping tunes, perfect for the media-savvy consumer out there.
While boosted audio is not everyone’s selling point for a new phone, we can certainly see many folks considering this the icing on the cake for the stellar looking 8X.
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I do have to say though that the phone was cleaner than the mic he was using. :)
The Engadget article is here, http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/19/windows-phone-8-fight and it's been fixed, but the weave feed still shows, "External storage microSD up to 32GB"
Its bordering stupid.
Where do they say that? Besides that you can't trust engadget with anything these days. The journalist who had the hands on with the 8X even thinks that 16GB is the current limitation of WP8.
So that said i think it wouldn't be impossible for nokia to include something like what the 8X has in their lumias. So maybe it could happen in the near future.
You pretty much described my use case for my first gen Focus. Listening to podcasts while I'm cooking, cleaning, playing video games, and in the car (have an older system without an audio in jack). So having a phone that is loud without distortion is important for me. I also use the headphones while I'm at work quite often too.
I hate that the 8X is making me reconsider my decision to get the L920. I just don't want to regret giving up Nokia's support and apps. Argh! Good problems to have though :)
Does it have any bass to it ? Even the HTC Surround sounded like I was listening to a radio from a tin can (tho better than other phones at that time). Having more juice to power internal speakers is cool but, if it sounds like crap, what's the point ?
I've never heard a phone speaker sound even close to decent...
Can anyone who acutally heard this phone live answer this ?
I bet this uses the same snapdragon S4 combined audio like all the other S4 devices, and the "beats setting" will just be an equalizer preset for boosted lows and highs instead of linear response (which is what you would want, because you want the headphone to make the difference).