HTC's Windows Phone 8X is, along with the 8S, one of the company's first Windows Phone 8 handsets. The 8X runs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC, has a 4.3-inch 720p display, and has 16GB of flash storage.
by Anton D. Nagy | October 13, 2012 3:32 AM
Microsoft is set to unveil its Windows Phone 8 mobile platform on October 29 and we already have a couple of devices to choose from: Samsung ATIV S, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, HTC Windows Phone 8X, and HTC Windows Phone 8S and their carrier equivalents, to name a few. A recent Changewave research unveils that nine percent of those interviewed are inclined to purchase a Windows Phone 8. Two percent out of those find it very likely and seven percent somewhat likely. As far as the preferred OEM is concerned Samsung is leading the pack with 51% followed by Nokia's 35%; HTC is third ...
by Michael Fisher | October 11, 2012 3:37 PM
It's the biggest deal in phablets, and one of the hottest things in smartphones as a whole. We've been covering it in editorial and video pieces for a solid week, and now we get to talk about it on the air. On this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, we're talking Galaxy Note II. Of course, that's not all we're chatting about on this episode of the podcast. Join us for discussion about last week's AT&T event in NYC, Samsung's new Galaxy S III Mini and weird little Galaxy Music, HTC's future prospects and the Windows Phone 8X versus the Nokia Lumia 920, and the iPhone's continuing Maps ...
by Jaime Rivera | October 1, 2012 7:00 PM
Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the recent rumors of a probable Nexus launch date from Google. Then we go through AT&T's launch of the Sony Xperia TL, which by the way, is also the new James Bond phone for the movie Skyfall. Then we talk about iCloud and Apple's recent move to grant some additional benefits to past MobileMe subscribers. Then we talk about the Windows Phone 8X and 8S by HTC, which recently showed just how great their front-facing camera is with a sample. We end today's show talking about the recent Carrier Settings Update that Apple sent to Verizon ...
by Michael Fisher | October 1, 2012 1:44 PM
A few months back, I wrote a piece where I suggested everyone stop whining about nonremovable batteries. Everyone hated it, so I figured I'd write another one just like it. We're not talking about milliamp-hours this time around, though; the topic of the day is gigabytes. Specifically, whether your mobile phone's onboard storage should or shouldn't be removable. The common thinking in more technologically-savvy circles is that devices featuring removable memory are superior. For the uninitiated, this means smartphones or tablets which include an expansion slot that accommodates a memory ...
by Jaime Rivera | October 1, 2012 10:06 AM
If you've never, ever taken a bathroom portrait photo for Facebook using your front-facing camera, then you most likely don't own a Facebook account. The funny thing is that no OEM had ever considered using that camera for anything other than video calls for the last five years or so. The camera was there, but due to its terrible image quality, many of us preferred to dribble with a mirror in order to get the right shot. HTC's launch of their signature Windows Phone 8X and 8S are a different story. They decided to feature a wide-angle lens with F2.0 aperture on the 2.1 megapixel ...
by Michael Fisher | September 27, 2012 1:41 PM
As autumn creeps in, the frantic pace of summer succumbs to the sluggish chill of the fall, and the world slows down to catch its breath. Unless, of course, you're talking mobile technology. This back-to-school season has been one of the most exciting and dynamic in memory, with smartphones and tablets from a huge array of manufacturers vying for our strained -but infinite- attention. Tune in to this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast for in-depth discussion of the iPhone 5, iOS 6, Apple's Maps problems; Jelly Bean, Samsung, and LG phablets; Windows Phone's lawsuits, colors, and cameras; ...
by Michael Fisher | September 24, 2012 1:00 PM
Last week, in the midst of a Microsoft news explosion, I posted a piece on why you might consider the HTC Windows Phone 8S over its bigger, more-advanced counterpart, the 8X. My principal argument was centered around the fact that though the 8X offers more headline-worthy features and a much more robust spec sheet, the 8S features attributes some might find even more compelling. That's not a condition limited to HTC's new "signature Windows Phone 8 devices," though. There's evidence of this trend all across the smartphone landscape, with manufacturers delivering more and more ...
by Anton D. Nagy | September 23, 2012 2:59 AM
The camera on the HTC Windows Phone 8X, according to the manufacturer, is one of eight-megapixels and features a backside illuminated sensor, f/2.0 at 28mm, and has a dedicated image chip to help with image processing. All of these should play nicely together in generating great images. Until we can lay our hands on the phone and check for ourselves (and definitely compare to the Nokia Lumia 920), we're left with images taken by others. Below are just two of what appear the be the first images (and a video) captured by the HTC Windows Phone 8X. You can check out more (and larger ...
by Anton D. Nagy | September 21, 2012 4:35 AM
HTC was the third OEM to unveil its Windows Phone line-up after Samsung (who kind of silently pushed the ATIV S in the spotlight at IFA) and Nokia with its joint Microsoft-Nokia event where they unveiled the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 devices. Steve Ballmer was there in New York for the HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S unveiling. HTC CEO Peter Chou didn't miss any opportunity to emphasize on the "iconic" design of the the phones in the company's Windows Phone line-up. In a recent BBC interview he reiterated the fact that these devices will be treated by Microsoft and HTC as "hero" devices (and ...
by Michael Fisher | September 20, 2012 1:13 PM
This time on the Pocketnow Weekly: SO MANY NEWS. "It's been quite a week" is something of a tired phrase when it comes to mobile technology, and we've used it, verbatim, for the past month or so -- because it's true. From Windows Phone 8 to Android to iOS 6 to ... heck, even BlackBerry had some news this week. We did our best to get to most of it on the podcast, but there's only so much time in a morning, especially when some of the news is so finely detailed. Tune in to this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast for in-depth discussion of HTC's new Windows Phone 8 handsets, new Android phones ...
by Jaime Rivera | September 20, 2012 1:09 PM
Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S launch in New York city, along with our hands-on coverage. We later talk about the recently leaked video of the iPad Mini dummy unit being compared with the original iPad. Facebook later made the news with their auto-upload feature for photos going private at the moment. Then we go through the Samsung Galaxy Note II and it's US availability being announced. We end today's show by talking about Samsung's Anti-iPhone ads and some thoughts regarding the practice. All this and more after the break.
by Brandon Miniman | September 19, 2012 3:58 PM
Today Adam and I got to spend some time with the new Windows Phone 8x and Windows Phone 8S. No, those aren't new versions of Microsoft's mobile operating system, they are names of HTC's newest Windows Phone devices. And yes, Nokia is still Microsoft's closest partner in their endeavor to sell as many Windows Phones as possible. Setting the newly announced hardware to the side for a moment (I'll come back to that), today was a very confusing day for those of us that have been following the Windows Phone story. Specifically, we became confused when HTC CEO Peter Chou and Microsoft CEO Steve ...
by Jaime Rivera | September 19, 2012 1:43 PM
HTC has made a couple of bold moves today with their launch of the Windows Phone 8X and 8S. Surely this isn't an easy market for them with the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 just around the corner, but I must admit that these new HTC smartphones do deserve your attention. HTC made a lot of talk about how they pushed design in their press event today. Now even though design may not be much for many of you, in a platform like Windows Phone where differentiation is tough, design is everything. Nokia has done a great job in making the Lumia a gorgeous phone, but I must admit that both the One X and ...