It’s been sometime since we heard from HTC.  But today the company announced what looks like their newest flagship phone running Windows Mobile 8, the 8X.

The 4.3-inch display, covered in Gorilla Glass, is of the Super LCD 2 ilk, and supports a 720p resolution.  The phone itself measures 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm and weighs 130g.    Compared to the soon to be released iPhone 5 it is longer, wider, and fatter (both in girth and weight).

The Window 8 Mobile platform is powered by a Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.  There is 16GB of built-in storage, which is not expandable via microSD card slot.  Despite the presence of NFC support, HTC skimped on the Bluetooth chip by only installing a 2.1 compatible version.

Optically the company is pushing their front facing, wide angle 2.1-megapixel camera, which supposedly captures triple the amount of info compared to other “leading smartphones”.  That said, the rear camera is an 8-megapixel shooter with an F2.0 aperture, 28mm lens and LED flash.  Yes, both cameras can capture 1080p video and is further supported by a dedicated HTC ImageChip.  As expected the HTC 8x includes Beats by Dre audio processing, though this is the first we’ve seen it in a Windows phone. Lastly, there is an 1800mAh battery, which with normal use will probably require a recharge once a day, though your mileage will vary with how aggressively you use apps.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."