We know we already did a brief hands-on of the Phone 8X by HTC a couple of days ago, but we felt that a deeper dive into HTC’s newest Windows powered phone was in order. It’s only fitting actually – as the new device sets the stage for a new era in both HTC and Microsoft’s history. That’s because this is the first ever Windows phone that holds the distinction as being called a Windows Phone. Yes, HTC made it, but the Taiwanese company created it under the guidance of the Redmond company, as it serves as a showcase of what the new OS is capable of.
The first thing that hits you when you see it is how it looks a lot like Nokia’s Lumia’s range of Windows devices. That feeling quickly dissappears when you pick it up though – the firm from Espoo may have started the unibody polycarbonate body craze, but HTC perfected it. The Windows Phone 8X is simply beautiful to look at and feels fantastic in the hand. You know that this particular device is solid and sturdy. HTC has managed to create this particular device in a body that’s only 10mm thin. While there are thinner devices out there, the Phone 8X doesn’t feel very thick at all, and that’s surprising especially when you consider the hardware running it. There’s a Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM inside it, and the 4.3-inch display is a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 that has a resolution of 1280×720.
Windows Phone 8 is an elegant OS, and that’s made abundantly clear by the Windows Phone 8X by HTC. The metro tiles display more information this time around, and are now more customizable. There’s also a few key features included in the new OS, which includes the ability to make private rooms and child-safe settings. We’ll get a more in-depth look at the device as soon as HTC sends their review unit to us.