Microsoft's (potentially) last-ditch effort to carve out space for Windows Phone among a smartphone universe dominated by Apple and Android, comes down to several flagship phones, one of them being HTC's 8x.
You're looking at a 4.3-inch HD display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, NFC, and a Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The main camera boasts an 8-megapixel sensor for stills and 1080p HD video recording and the lens, interestingly, is 28mm - providing a wider-angle than most other smartphone camera lenses. The front-facing camera offers 2-megapixel resolution for video calls. It includes Beats Audio for enhanced sound quality.
As far as hardware and design, reviewers were quite pleased with the 8X. It was Windows Phone 8 that came in for a beating. Some reviewers don't believe the operating system boasts the features to really compete with Android or iOS and all of them bemoaned the lack of apps - a product of Microsoft's small market share (and something the company has promised to aggressively address).
Ultimately, the 8X is either a gamble that the apps will come or a statement of defiance in the face of the Android/iOS duopoly.
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