Posts tagged with: 8XT
  • by | March 15, 2014 1:44 AM

    The Sprint HTC 8XT is a "midrange phone in flagship clothing"; that's the tagline of our full review, but even as a midrange, it is a smartphone by definition, running on Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform. Sprint apparently doesn't agree with that assessment and has demoted the HTC 8XT, as seen in the image above. Placed under "basic phones", right next to a Samsung, three Kyocera, and an LG device, the Sprint HTC 8XT is undoubtedly the highest end among them, when it comes to the user experience. Is this Sprint's way of saying "nobody buys this phone" or is the Now Network trying, ...

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  • by | August 28, 2013 12:15 PM

    We've reviewed the HTC 8XT and unboxed the Samsung ATIV S Neo - so even the occasional Pocketnow reader will know what comes next. That's right: as we continue to put our ATIV S Neo through the review ringer, we need to throw it head-to-head against the device that beat it to Big Yellow. In the below video, the new Samsung "high-ender" meets HTC's budget-phone-in-flagship-clothing for a showdown the likes of which you're not likely to see anywhere else. Why, you ask? Well, we'd like to believe it's because of our hard-hitting, incisive comparison style and sweet, slick cinematography ... ...

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  • by | August 19, 2013 1:24 PM

    For the last four years, save for a few different models, practically every smartphone started to look the same and came in a very limited choice in color (or lack thereof, technically): black or white. And in the last year or so, several OEMs have started to "revolutionize" the industry by offering a marginally broader selection of colors. Nokia has introduced a handful of different models with some standardized color options: candy red, yellow, cyan, white, and black. HTC also jumped on the colored bandwagon with its Windows Phone models, offering red, yellow, blue, purple, black, and ...

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  • by | August 15, 2013 3:41 PM

    The last Windows Phone to make an appearance on Sprint retail shelves was also the company's first - and it also hailed from HTC. The Arrive, a side-sliding QWERTY smartphone that made up part of the original Windows Phone 7 rollout back in 2011, has for the past two-and-a-half years represented Sprint's only modern Microsoft offering - a sad state of affairs for fans of Live Tiles on America's third-largest network. So the HTC 8XT, with its modern build, BoomSound speakers, and up-to-date Windows Phone 8 operating system, is a sight for sore eyes. It's bound to be an improvement over the ...

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  • by | August 15, 2013 1:14 PM

    If you thought the Palm commercials of 2009 were as weird as mobile tech advertising would ever get, HTC and Robert Downey Jr. have something to show you. That's the conversation that kicks off this week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and it's followed by some heartening news about this year's IFA in Berlin. If the rumors hold true, we should be in for some powerfully geeky, if unconventional, tech in Germany this year - and even if they don't, we've got plenty to talk about in the way of chipsets, Nexii, smartwatches, and phablets. If none of those terms make sense to you, ...

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  • by | August 15, 2013 10:50 AM

    HTC sure likes bringing some color to its Windows Phone offerings; whether we're looking at the solid hues on the 8X or the two-tone action on the 8S, HTC's WP8 models give even Nokia a run for its money when it comes to vibrant, fun designs. More recently, we've seen that trend continue with the 8XT on Sprint. Now, a new rumor suggests that HTC was once planning even more elaborate color options for its phones, and was working on a very Moto-X-like system for personalized designs. Supposedly, the phone that eventually became the 8XT on Sprint would have customizable through an online ...

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  • by | July 31, 2013 2:41 PM

    We're on the eve of the launch of a most significant (if not spec-packed) smartphone, the Moto X. We're hot on the heels of the industry's latest benchmark-juicing scandal with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 tweaking. We're only a week away from seeing what LG has to offer with its G2 (though we already know what accessories it's launching with). And we're not even a week out from the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, but we're already in full-on fretting mode about our favorite Finns. That roster would be enough to fuel two podcast episodes this size, to say nothing of listener mail! But thanks to ...

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  • by | July 31, 2013 7:01 AM

    The HTC 8XT. It's Sprint's first Windows Phone in literally years, and it's one of the only HTC devices in the carrier's lineup. So say you're stuck choosing between this and the much-ballyhooed HTC One. Besides software, are there really that many differences between the high-end offerings from Microsoft and Google on the Now Network? Is there really enough disparity here to justify a video expedition titled "HTC 8XT vs HTC One?" In a word: yes. Because despite its flagship-esque model number, the 8XT actually more resembles a midrange phone than a high-end halo device. Think HTC 8S meets ...

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  • by | July 26, 2013 12:10 PM

    Normally, the launch of a carrier-specific variant of an HTC 8X wouldn't merit much in the way of celebration. It certainly wouldn't ordinarily be enough to rearrange our schedule, especially if it meant delaying the recording of the already-late Pocketnow Weekly podcast for another hour, or putting the on-time publication of our Nokia Lumia 1020 review in serious jeopardy. If this were a less-notable device, we'd have pushed it off until Monday. But the HTC 8XT is no ordinary WP8 smartphone. It's Sprint's first Windows Phone 8 device, and only the second Windows Phone the carrier has ever ...

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  • by | July 9, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sprint's official dates and price tag for the HTC 8XT, which promises to bring a good Windows Phone offering to the carrier. The Galaxy Note III is next as rumors have Samsung working on as many as 8 variants of the phone to satisfy carriers. Google is next as the company has fixed the security exploit found on Android, but still, the patch was only sent to partners and not end-users. New images of the iPhone 5S and budget iPhone surface and show us all the color options that will be available. We end today's show talking about rumors of a ...

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  • by | July 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    Sprint users have been waiting the better part of forever for their carrier to get around to offering some Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Several months back, we at least learned that Sprint would indeed be adding a couple WP8 models to its lineup, and just last month we finally got confirmation of both, with the announcements of the HTC 8XT and the Samsung ATIV S Neo. Even after waiting this long, though, that news arrived without any hard dates for when we could actually expect sales of either phone to begin. Today we get half of the answers we've been looking for, learning that sales of ...

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  • by | July 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    Update 2: We have us a winner! Please join us in congratulating Julian BrecevicĀ of Australia, who'll be taking home this giveaway's LG Optimus G! Thanks to all those who helped propel our review count to stratospheric levels, almost tripling it from 29 to 89! We know some of you were upset about the iTunes-only qualifier, but we'll have more giveaways in the future, and some of them will be broader. Again, thanks so much for listening - and stay tuned for much more in the weeks and months ahead. Update: We're still waiting to hear back from our prospective winner, folks - once he replies ...

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  • by | June 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with LTE-Advanced which was recently announced for the Korean market. We later talk about LG and the recently leaked photos of the Optimus G2. HTC follows with a new 8XT smartphone that borrows some Boom Sound love for Windows Phone, aside from the launch rumors of the HTC One mini. Motorola is next as we have a new logo, new leaks of a phone, and a new series of smartphones that will be called the Droid ULTRA. We end today's show talking Google's launch of their Google Edition HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4. All this ...

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  • by | June 26, 2013 10:36 AM

    We've known for a few months now that Sprint has finally decided to stop watching Windows Phone 8 from the sidelines and get itself involved with the platform through the release of a pair of smartphones. We've also known to expect those guys to launch sometime this summer, and rumors had pegged the pair as the Samsung ATIV S and the long-rumored HTC Tiara. Well, rather than tease up some launch event and drag things out, Sprint has gone ahead and surprised us all this morning with the announcement of the Samsung ATIV S Neo and the HTC 8XT. The 8XT nearly aligns with those rumored Tiara ...

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