DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.


HTC’s 8X is the company’s flagship Windows Phone handset, following the Titan II which was announced over a year ago. Nokia and HTC are the biggest players in the Windows Phone space, but the Finnish giant controls the lion’s share: some estimates show three-quarters of Windows phones in use are Nokias.

Is the 8X enough to win HTC more Windows territory? It’s a distinct step up from the Titan II, with a higher resolution screen, faster dual-core processor and Windows Phone 8 vs the Titan's 7.5 'Mango'. The 8-megapixel camera has half the pixel count of the Titan II’s sensor, but we suspect that’s a good thing. Jamming 16 megapixels onto then-available sensor technology delivered pixel-level results that certainly weren’t pretty (HTC’s recently announced Android flagship phone One reverses the Titan II’s excess, stepping down to a 4MP camera).

Read on to decide if the 8X can cover your mobile photography needs.   

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • 8-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor
  • F2.0 28mm-equivalent lens
  • Two-stage (half press/full press) dedicated shutter button
  • 4.3-inch 1280x720 display (342 ppi)
  • LED flash
  • 1080p 30fps video recording with both main and front cameras
  • Manual ISO setting
  • Face Detection
  • 4 filter effects

Our six-page review

We've considered every aspect of the HTC 8X, with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features. We experimented with the camera's performance when taking stills and video. Click any of the links below for more information of specific functions and continue to our conclusion for a final summary of our findings.