6.8/10
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The HTC 8XT currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows Phone
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Trends

The HTC 8XT doesn't seem designed to tempt customers to the platform nor is it likely to tempt Windows Phone lovers...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
Pocketnow

We want to like the 8XT as much as any other midrange Windows Phone – we really do. Its hardware is beautiful, its camera software is fun, and its BoomSound implementation is even better than the One’s. But its software just doesn’t measure up. Now, is the 8XT the first phone we&rs...

- Michael Fisher, Pocketnow
Phone Scoop

As far as Windows Phones go, the HTC 8XT is a decent effort. I dislike that it dialed down the display compared to the 8X, but most other hardware features remain the same, as do the software options given the Windows Phone 8 platform. The hardware is solid and certainly usable. The signal performa...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Tech Advisor

I don't know why HTC even bothered to make this phone. The 8XT is such a step backward from the 8X that calling it a successor is almost a joke. The screen is grainy, the camera is terrible, and you have next to no storage on the device. Combine all of that with a $100 price tag (and a two-year cont...

- Armando Rodriguez, Tech Advisor
Laptop Magazine

Although it looks much the same as the 8X, HTC cut some sharp corners getting the 8XT into the sub-$100 price range, such as equipping it with a subpar display. That it's exclusively paired with Sprint, the nation's smallest LTE carrier, doesn't help either. Still, we like that the 8XT has expa...

- Joe Osborne, Laptop Magazine


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Common Questions


HTC released the 8XT on September 19, 2013.


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HTC backs up the 8XT with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The HTC 8XT's screen size is 4.3 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8930 Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 17.3 days standby time, 403 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

HTC 8XT Specs

Overview
Release date September 19, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
LTE:
1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8930 Dual core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.517 W/kg
Body: 0.426 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 403 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 17.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 6.6 x 13.2 x 1.0 cm (2.6 x 5.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 140 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 217 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, MSN, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Digital Trends

Almost everything about the 8XT is so-so

from Digital Trends

The HTC 8XT is going to get a lot of attention for the design, just as the Windows Phone 8X did. Unfortunately, once customers get past the pretty exterior they’re not going to be as impressed with what’s under the hood. Almost everything about the 8XT is so-so: the display, the camer...More

The HTC 8XT is going to get a lot of attention for the design, just as the Windows Phone 8X did. Unfortunately, once customers get past the pretty exterior they’re not going to be as impressed with what’s under the hood. Almost everything about the 8XT is so-so: the display, the camera, the performance. The audio quality is above average, we grant you. Sill, we’re not sure why Sprint held off on bringing Windows Phone 8 devices to its network if the debut phone was going to be so underwhelming.

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Pocketnow

Its hardware is beautiful, its camera software is fun, but its software just doesn’t measure up

from Pocketnow

We want to like the 8XT as much as any other midrange Windows Phone – we really do. Its hardware is beautiful, its camera software is fun, and its BoomSound implementation is even better than the One’s. But its software just doesn’t measure up. Now, is the 8XT the first phone we...More

We want to like the 8XT as much as any other midrange Windows Phone – we really do. Its hardware is beautiful, its camera software is fun, and its BoomSound implementation is even better than the One’s. But its software just doesn’t measure up. Now, is the 8XT the first phone we’ve encountered with a laggy or buggy UI? Absolutely not. But as we said on the most recent Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we’ve come to expect a minimum standard from Windows Phone; if nothing else, you can usually count on phones running the platform to be snappy and reliable, regardless of their specs. So the 8XT’s failure to deliver in that area is jarring.

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Phone Scoop

For the Windows Phone fans, the HTC 8XT is a choice with compromises

from Phone Scoop

As far as Windows Phones go, the HTC 8XT is a decent effort. I dislike that it dialed down the display compared to the 8X, but most other hardware features remain the same, as do the software options given the Windows Phone 8 platform.

The hardware is solid and certainly usable. The signa...More

As far as Windows Phones go, the HTC 8XT is a decent effort. I dislike that it dialed down the display compared to the 8X, but most other hardware features remain the same, as do the software options given the Windows Phone 8 platform.

The hardware is solid and certainly usable. The signal performance and voice quality are both above average for a Sprint phone. Battery life was acceptable, but demands that you pay attention to your usage. The operating system and applications are more or less identical to other Windows Phone 8 smartphones, with little variance. 

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Tech Advisor

Even the most hard-core Windows Phone fan should stay away from it

from Tech Advisor

I don't know why HTC even bothered to make this phone. The 8XT is such a step backward from the 8X that calling it a successor is almost a joke. The screen is grainy, the camera is terrible, and you have next to no storage on the device. Combine all of that with a $100 price tag (and a two-year c...More

I don't know why HTC even bothered to make this phone. The 8XT is such a step backward from the 8X that calling it a successor is almost a joke. The screen is grainy, the camera is terrible, and you have next to no storage on the device. Combine all of that with a $100 price tag (and a two-year contract), and you have a phone that's going nowhere fast. Even the most hard-core Windows Phone fans should do their best to avoid this one.

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Laptop Magazine

Offers dual speakers and improved camera features for Windows Phone fans

from Laptop Magazine

Although it looks much the same as the 8X, HTC cut some sharp corners getting the 8XT into the sub-$100 price range, such as equipping it with a subpar display. That it's exclusively paired with Sprint, the nation's smallest LTE carrier, doesn't help either. Still, we like that the 8XT has e...More

Although it looks much the same as the 8X, HTC cut some sharp corners getting the 8XT into the sub-$100 price range, such as equipping it with a subpar display. That it's exclusively paired with Sprint, the nation's smallest LTE carrier, doesn't help either. Still, we like that the 8XT has expandable memory -- a rarity for Windows Phones -- good battery life and above-average audio. The 8XT is a solid choice for the audiophile on a budget and is certainly the best Windows Phone option on Sprint

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PhoneArena

Well designed, good looking device, good call quality

from PhoneArena

In the end we found ourselves enjoying the HTC 8XT, and are glad to see Windows Phone 8 finally make its way to all four major carriers. We once again are impressed with HTC’s ability to design a phone, but the device is not without compromises such as the decreased display resolution. What...More

In the end we found ourselves enjoying the HTC 8XT, and are glad to see Windows Phone 8 finally make its way to all four major carriers. We once again are impressed with HTC’s ability to design a phone, but the device is not without compromises such as the decreased display resolution. What it really comes down to is your affinity for the Windows Phone OS; as pretty and smooth as it is the ecosystem just isn’t there and market share shows that. If you’re looking for a good mid-range Windows Phone device the 8XT gets our blessing, but in the end we’d imagine most users will look to a different OS, something the phone has no control over.

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WMExperts

The 8XT makes a solid first impression

from WMExperts

It's easy to compare the Sprint HTC 8XT to the HTC 8X. They are cut from the same cloth and are both quality Windows Phones. While the 8XT tries to build upon the 8X, there is room for improvement but nothing detrimental to the overall experience. It's strength has to be the audio quality and it...More

It's easy to compare the Sprint HTC 8XT to the HTC 8X. They are cut from the same cloth and are both quality Windows Phones. While the 8XT tries to build upon the 8X, there is room for improvement but nothing detrimental to the overall experience. It's strength has to be the audio quality and it can hold it's own in other areas (camera performance, screen quality, battery life, etc.). Sprint customers should be pleased with the 8XT.

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Cnet

Sprint's first Windows Phone solid not superb

from Cnet

When it’s all said and done, the HTC 8XT is a capable and compact smartphone able to tackle all the basics. The speakers are great and its camera is a trooper too, snapping images quickly and with pleasing quality. I just wish that Sprint and HTC put more oomph behind the carrier's first Wi...More

When it’s all said and done, the HTC 8XT is a capable and compact smartphone able to tackle all the basics. The speakers are great and its camera is a trooper too, snapping images quickly and with pleasing quality. I just wish that Sprint and HTC put more oomph behind the carrier's first Windows Phone. Yes, it's slim and sexy, but it lacks the power and features of many Nokia Lumia phones and the sharp display of the HTC 8X.

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