updated 11:45 pm EDT, Sun October 7, 2012
HTC's Windows Phone flagship gets a brief look over
Electronista recently got to spend a bit of time checking out the new smartphones due out this fall from HTC. The Taiwanese manufacturer had both Android and Windows Phone 8 devices on hand, but we took a special interest in the Windows Phone 8X, HTC's flagship model for Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Phone 8. Admittedly, we took such an interest due in part to the fact that we hadn't had much luck poking around WP8 with other manufacturers' models, and we were hoping HTC might be a bit more forthcoming. No such luck, but we did get to check out the build quality of the device.
Compared to the other big name Windows Phone device, Nokia's Lumia 920, the 8X is physically a featherweight; that's not a bad thing. Whereas the Lumia 920 almost overwhelms the hand, the 8X fits nicely into the palm, and is pleasantly light to boot. Despite these features, the 8X has a sturdy build quality, and its minimalist unibody design actually looks better in person than it does in pictures.
As we said in the intro, we were hoping to get a closer peek at the workings of Windows Phone 8. Our readers might remember from our hands-on with the Lumia 920 that we were politely but firmly rebuffed when we tried to move past the 920's home screen. We asked if the same would be the case with the Windows Phone 8X and were informed that, yes, this phone too was for home screen display only.
"Just what is Microsoft hiding?" we asked the HTC rep.
He smiled at us, his eye stopping just short of a wink. "I have no idea what you're talking about," he said.
So it appears we'll have to wait a while longer to see the full capabilities of Windows Phone 8, or perhaps to see a completed version of the software. Microsoft and its hardware partners are mum on the operating system's features beyond revealing only a few. While we're waiting for the Windows Phone 8 launch, believed to be scheduled alongside the Windows 8 launch, we can at least rest assured that HTC, along with others, will be providing solid devices for the OS, even if we know little else about it.