Hands-on with the HTC 8X and 8S (video)


  • Steven

    If the HTC One S is priced right, it’ll be a great budget/mid-range model!

  • Dop

    I am definitely picking up a WP8 phone as my next device of choice. It just looks so polished, so fluid, and perfectly functional. I would like to give Android a nod here as well, but WP8 seems like an overall smoother OS.

    Nice HTC devices – sexy, playful, though I will be picking up a Lumia instead. Most likely the 920.

  • duw

    The 8X seems to make quite a nice mid-range phone, really; the 8S rounds out the lower end of the spectrum with the L820.

  • Kevin

    You have to be excited for all the hardware for the Window phones. HTC proves again that they have design. But will the full package be deserving of the W8 flagship phone over the Lumia 920 and Ativ S?

  • Jay

    Those look sexy.
    Lumia 920, HTC 8x, Samsung’s version

    looks like Windows phone fans should have some nice choices. 🙂

    Although htc and lumia kinda look similar to me :p

  • Vengefulspirit99

    nothing amazing spec wise. The screen seems better but tbh the difference is minimal. sorry but ill give wp a few more years to figure things out

    • George K

      The lumia 920 has some pretty decent specs. What more are you looking for (keep in mind that Windows Phone has historically been drastically more efficient than Android, with first gen WP7 devices running much smoother than my Gnex with Jelly Bean).

  • Miknitro

    No LTE on the 8X?

  • f0x

    i think he meant to say that the 8S does not have LTE. The 8X has 4G LTE.

  • Joe

    “the 8X and 8S, are great examples of HTC’s design evolution.”

    LOL! Yeah, their design evolution is to blatantly steal Nokia’s design, rather than come up with thier own. Still the 920 has the following features that the 8X doesn’t.

    – Qi wireless charging
    – Optical image stabilization
    – Bluetooth 4.0
    – Larger battery
    – PureMotion HD+ 60FPS screen(no blur)
    – Super Sensitive screen(use with gloves)
    – Better low light camera performance
    – 3 High Amplitude microphones
    – Better fit and finish

    Do I need to go on?

    • til-bar

      Better fit and finish?

      Honestly, before these devices hit market the comparisons between the 8x and 920 are purely speculative.

  • Christian

    What? No love for Telus?!

  • Piff

    If this comes to Wind then I am all in.

  • Vengefulspirit99

    and HTC… No sd slot again? did they not learn their lesson?

  • Hooligan

    They look like nice phones, now if only fido would carry a wp.

  • bala

    look at the design its a copy of Nokia Lumia’s designs

  • rain55

    Again HTC given your new phone to only two Carriers good job because you are up from one maybe next New phone you would be up to 3 carriers . Take a look at Samsung being exclusive to everybody all 3 carriers but good looking phone

  • Jer

    Yea, more choice for the consumer. A little extra competition is always good. Samsung will have to step up it’s game if it wants to stay on top.

    I’m curious to try out that Windows OS!

  • Keith

    They did a pretty descent job on their design. But putting a 4.3″ screen in a body that is wider than the Titan which had a georgeous 4.7″ screen is a step backwords. I have 4.3″ now and I’m not all excitived about screens that small anymore.

  • nathan

    I really like that I’m having a tough choice choosing between nokia and htc phones here for my first windows 8 phone.

  • Swizzlerz

    Its down to price for me and which phone is on telus. Is it the Lumia 920 or Htc 8x 16gig “as its not exclusive” it may come to telus.. who knows???? Someone tell – us lol which one telus is getting ?????

  • thepeddle

    These phones look amazing, I just don’t understand why android can’t get the same look and feel. I love samsung and android and I really hope they are paying attention to this build quality.

    • Blake

      Love the design of the Lumia 920 and 8X, no way I’m buying the plastic crap that Samsung makes. I would also prefer if these phones came with Android, not sold on WP8 just yet, although I’m willing to give it a go.

  • stylinred

    they’re nice looking phones a little toooooo Nokia Lumiaish though but still nice

  • Cavemeron

    Nokia lumias are still better. No questions asked. Htc do make good phones, but they should stick to android where they can apply the sense magic they do.

  • watership

    “Update: Looks like the 8X will not have LTE capabilities. That definitely makes the decision a lot easier for prospective buyers.”

    Not according to a bunch of other tech sites. They say it’s both LTE and HSPA+, depending on the carrier.

  • No BBM

    This phone looks sick!

  • nekkidtruth

    Nokia files suit in 3…2….

  • Glenn

    I want the 8X with the 8S case.

  • Eluder

    I’m pretty sure the 8X phone is LTE.

  • Bilal

    The way I rank current gen Windows Phone handsets…

    Premium: Lumia 920

    High-medium: HTC 8X & Ativ-S

    Medium: Lumia 820

    Low-Medium: HTC 8S

  • Blas

    Well WP8 is certainly going to have a strong line up.

    Nokia is coming out the strongest, but I really feel they missed the mark by going past the 4.3 inch mark and neglecting the microSD slot for the 920.
    Samsungs ATIV S looks great, but the flimsy aluminum brushed plastic backing is less than stellar. I’d prefer not to have a case if I can avoid it.
    HTC’s look great and are probably pretty sturdy, although the 8X is lacking a microSD slot which isn’t ideal either.
    Guess we’ll see how it goes.

  • Billy Flanigan

    Wide apertures and wide angles of view are completely unrelated. The front-facing camera is both bright and wide, which is awesome.
    Wide angle lenses tend to be a bit darker, typically 2.5-4X darker than 2.0, with apertures of 3.5-4.5 (f/2.0 is twice as bright as f/2.8 is twice as bright as 4.0, etc…)

  • rikin

    what navigation software does this phone have?