HTC 8X

HTC 8X

Everything you need to know about the HTC 8X

The 8X was built from the ground up as a request to HTC by Microsoft to make a whole new experience and exciting design that builds off of the Windows Phone tile system. In that sense, the phone is the first of its type and brings and exciting new look to HTC’s Windows Phone 8 series.

 

Key features:  8MP BSI rear camera, 2MP front camera, Dedicated HTC ImageChip, 1080p HD video recording, 4.3 '' 1280 x 768 Super LCD 2 Display, Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB internal storage options, 1800 mAh battery, NFC, LTE, Windows Phone 8.

Pricing: 8GB version available for $99.99 / 16GB version available for $199.99. Both with carrier agreements

Availability: Nov. 9, 2012.

     

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File this under anecdotal, but we’re getting a few complaints that the recent GDR2 OS update for Windows Phone on the HTC 8X (mostly unbranded) is causing the device to lock up, irrecoverably.

From our forums, member Serdard notes “While listening to music, I got a message on WhatsApp and when I tried to open it, my phone froze”. Normally, if a Windows Phone device locks up either a simple battery pull or key combination (down volume + power) will restart the device. However, in this instance such a method is not working (plus you can’t do a battery pull on an 8X).

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It should be clear now that OEMs and partners have begun to roll out the second Windows Phone 8 OS update for the year, dubbed ‘GDR2’, to various devices. With the Samsung ATIV S and HTC 8X getting the update in the last 48 hours, it’s obvious that things are now moving.

Earlier, we told you that T-Mobile US was testing the GDR2 OS update for the Nokia Lumia 810. On that device we were unsure if it actually will be updated versus the carrier just testing it. However, we can now definitively say that another device, the HTC 8X will get the update and it is scheduled to happen within the next four days, on July 22nd.

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One issue that has been bugging some users for a while now is the inability to delete temporary files on their Windows Phone 8 devices.  Nokia got around this by building in their Storage Check app and even Huawei is reportedly making an app to do the same.

Now, after reports of the GDR2 (and firmware) update rolling out for unbranded HTC 8X owners today, the ability to delete temporary files is evidently built right into the OS.

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Windows Phone Central has begun to receive reports from users that their HTC 8X (UK Virgin Mobile and non-branded) are receiving updates today. The update, most likely a combo of firmware and the coveted GDR2 OS update (build 10327), will enable things like FM Radio, Data Sense (carrier dependent) and other improvements. This update follows Samsung's recent ATIV S update for unlocked devices.

We have not found an update for our AT&T-branded 8X, though we’ll update this article as more information comes in.

For those with the 8X, you may want to head into Settings > Phone Update and use the force-check to see if something is waiting for you. If you do get an update, please post your carrier (if any) and any new changes in comments. You can also find more information and discuss the update in our support forums: http://forums.wpcentral.com/htc-8x/

Thanks, Steffen S., Dennis A., and Plasmid, for the tips!

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Windows Phone 8 launched over half a year ago and the message was clear from both HTC and Nokia. Devices were going to be loud, colorful, and playful. They were to be an expression of the operating system they housed inside. The HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 led the charge of premium handsets we could choose from. Both OEMs have recently been recognized for their work by the industrial design community. They did it by taking top spots in the communication tools category at the International Design Excellence Awards.

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The Amzer Shellster ShellCase isn't a stranger to Windows Phones. We took a look at the Amzer ShellCase for the Nokia Lumia 900 and found it to be a nice shell/holster combo.  The Shellster recently landed in the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store for the HTC 8X and we recently took it out for a test drive to see how things translated to the HTC 8X.

The ShellCase is a two piece case that has a half-shell that wraps around the HTC 8X and a belt clip holster that the shell slides into. The case is made of hard plastic that has a rubbery, textured finish. As with the Lumia 900 model, the Amzer Shellster ShellCase isn't a bad option if you are looking for a belt case solution for your HTC 8X.

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The Amzer Shellster ShellCase isn't a stranger to Windows Phones. We took a look at the Amzer ShellCase for the Nokia Lumia 900 and found it to be a nice shell/holster combo.  The Shellster recently landed in the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store for the HTC 8X and we recently took it out for a test drive to see how things translated to the HTC 8X.

The ShellCase is a two piece case that has a half-shell that wraps around the HTC 8X and a belt clip holster that the shell slides into. The case is made of hard plastic that has a rubbery, textured finish. As with the Lumia 900 model, the Amzer Shellster ShellCase isn't a bad option if you are looking for a belt case solution for your HTC 8X.

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