Whilst we wait for the rumoured HTC One with Windows Phone, the Taiwanese company has decided to take its current Windows Phone flagship and pump up the volume. The result is the HTC 8XT.
Based on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, or HTC 8X for simplicity’s sake, the new 8XT features the same design and much of the same internal specs, but with a couple of upgrades to improve the phone throughout.
For starters, the 8XT features HTC’s favourite new buzz-feature BoomSound has been added. Squeezed in underneath the phone’s three touch buttons is a second speaker, combining with the larger speaker above the display to create dual speakers and a more immersive sound for gaming and movies on the go.
The other main change is unfortunately a downgrade. Whilst the screen size remains the same as on the 8X – 4.3-inches, for those who can’t remember – it has a lower resolution of 800 x 480, dropping down from the HD resolution of 1280 x 720 on the 8X.
HTC is keeping the same 8 megapixel rear camera in the 8XT fortunately, although the front facing sensor has been downgraded slightly to a 1.6 megapixel one. Inside there’s a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor paired with 1GB of RAM, Beats Audio, 8GB of expandable internal storage, 4G LTE connectivity and a 1,800 mAh battery.
The HTC 8XT will launch this summer but it’s unclear just how many networks will support the phone. Currently the only provider to step forward is US network Sprint, who is already taking registrations.