The HTC Windows Phone 8X runs the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system, allowing you to sync your phone with your PC. It hit late last year on Verizon’s 4G LTE system in the United States after launching originally on AT&T. The Verizon 4G LTE system in the US is the largest of all the major wireless service providers, covering more than 440 markets. HTC last year purchased a controlling interest in the popular Beats by Dr. Dre music entity, and the 8X is the first Windows Phone to deliver this sound boosting application.
Beats works by boosting your audio signal for better sound, and works whether you are playing an HD game, watching a video or movie, or listening to music. The technology employed is dedicated speaker and audio amplifiers, and the Verizon Windows Phone 8X price tag begins at FREE. The Verizon version of the handset offers Data Sense, which effectively helps you monitor and manage your data usage, while also compressing web pages for quicker access.
Verizon has included their exclusive NFL Mobile application, and the Windows Phone 8X will appeal to social networkers with its People Hub app. Most smartphones require a third-party application to collect all of your favorite social networks in one place, but the phone’s People Hub puts applications like Facebook, Twitter and other popular online social hangouts in one central location, so you can “see and respond to everyone’s updates, chats, calls, messages, even photo uploads, all in one place.”
While the Windows Phone 8X for Verizon can obviously access that company’s LTE network in the US, the device also delivers quad band HSPA+ and quad band GSM / EDGE radio access. Verizon has also very generously left the Windows Phone 8X open for global roamers, and even customers on GSM networks in the US (AT&T and T-Mobile for instance). HTC designed the Windows-capable handset with a 4.30 inch Super LCD 2 display, and the typical multitouch, capacitive gestures are used for navigation.
The True HD display offers an overall resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, using more than 16 million independent colors to render visual displays. A layer of scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2 offers protection against everyday abuse, and the handset can run for up to 15.0 hours on the Verizon network after a full charge. A 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 plus dual core processor is on board, as is 1.0 GB of RAM memory. Wide angle 88 degree lenses grace both the front and back cameras, with the rear facing 8.0 megapixel camcorder providing 1,080P HD video capture.