HTC Windows Phone 8X – Hands On Experience

I just came back from the official launching of the HTC Windows Phone 8X here in Cebu, Philippines which happens to be the first certified Windows Phone 8 Smartphone coming out locally beating the likes of Nokia’s well advertised Lumia 920. Doesn’t the HTC Windows Phone 8X seem to be the long lost relative of the Lumia 920? That’s another story which I won’t be diving into unless a legal battle between the two is declared.

The HTC Windows Phone 8X comes with a Dual-Core 1.5GHz and 1GB of RAM jammed into a poly-carbonate body making it slim and sleek especially with the glass being built into its shell. Furthermore, the HTC Windows Phone 8X is available in two premium matte rear finishes – California Blue and Graphite Black, though the Blue finish sparkles with Windows 8 all over. Definitely my pick.

The HTC Windows Phone 8X

The HTC Windows Phone 8X

The matte rear finish of the HTC Windows Phone 8X

The matte rear finish of the HTC Windows Phone 8X

On another note, the HTC Windows Phone 8X sports a massive 2.1MP front facing camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and 88 degree ultra wide angle camera. That’s probably the latest in the smartphone industry. I have yet to see a phone with a wide front-facing 1080p camera on the market yet. On the other hand, the rear facing camera is the typical 8MP with an aperture f/2.0 and a 28mm lens. And yes, the device comes with a dedicated shutter button – finally!

HTC Philippines Representatives showcasing their latest HTC Windows Phone 8X and the HTC One X+

HTC Philippines Representatives showcasing their latest HTC Windows Phone 8X and the HTC One X+

The 4.3 inch screen on the HTC Windows Phone 8X is superb, it’s just right in terms of size. It’s not too big and not too small. The pixel density is impressive at 342ppi with a resolution 720 by 1280 pixels.

Richard Javier, Country Manager of HTC Philippines

Richard Javier, Country Manager of HTC Philippines

A Microsoft Rep giving us a tour of Windows Phone 8

A Microsoft Rep giving us a tour of Windows Phone 8

So how much does it cost you may ask? Unfortunately, you’re going to be shelling out P28,800 ($685) which is quite expensive especially with the new affordable Google Nexus tablets and smartphones being released. I expected the HTC Windows Phone 8X to be priced lower at around P20,000 or so in order to compete with the new Android phones. We just have to wait and see.

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Where’s the review, Jose? I hope to have it soon for you guys. It all depends on the folks at HTC who have promised me a review unit soon. So stay tuned and keep your eyes open on WiredMash.