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HTC Windows Phone 8X review

We see whether HTC's first Windows Phone 8 handset is worthy of stealing Nokia's crown
Mon Oct 29 2012, 19:00

Product HTC Windows Phone 8X
Website Windows Phone 8X by HTC
Specifications 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, 4.3in 720x1280 S-LCD2 touchscreen, 16GB storage, 8MP rear-facing and 2.1MP front-facing cameras, HD 1080p video, Beats Audio, Windows Phone 8, GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, 1800mAh battery, 132x66x10.1mm, 130g
Price £400 


WINDOWS PHONE 8 is finally here, and the HTC Windows Phone 8X handset is HTC's flagship device running Microsoft's latest mobile operating system.

Designed to frame Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system, the HTC handset features a quirky, vibrant albeit Lumia-like body, and takes advantage of the Microsoft mobile operating system's support for multi-core processors, high screen resolution and NFC support.

However, Windows Phone 8 is still struggling to fight off IOS and Android due to its lack of apps and unfamiliar interface, so can the HTC Windows Phone 8X really hack it in the competitive smartphone market?

Design
HTC has been keen to talk up the design of its Windows Phone 8X handset, thanks to the way its unique design mimics the look and feel of the newly launched mobile operating system.

We couldn't agree more. The design of the HTC Windows Phone 8X is gorgeous and reflects the quirky user interface of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. Sure, Nokia's Lumia handsets are beautifully designed too, but there's something special about the design of the HTC Windows Phone 8X handset.

HTC Windows Phone 8X Blue Design

We got our hands on the "blue" but quite clearly purple version of the HTC Windows Phone 8X handset, and it immediately wowed us with its striking design. Although unlikely to appeal to a male audience, the phone's vibrant casing will no doubt turn heads on the street, a task that Apple and Samsung now struggle to do with their continual stream of lookalike handsets. Not so keen on the "blue" version? The HTC Windows Phone 8X will also be available in Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow flavours.

It's one of the most comfortable handsets we've used too. Don't get us wrong, it's by no means tiny at 132x66x10.1mm, but the handset's tapered edges make it feel a lot slimmer than it actually is, while its toughened plastic chassis means it feels like it can withstand a bit of rough and tumble, despite weighing just 130g.

Our only issue with the handset's design is that it picks up greasy fingerprints quite easily, but its plastic casing means these are easily wiped off.

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