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HTC 8X: Nokia Lumia 920 Doppelganger?

by Range

It looks like all the big companies now have got an 8 megapixel camera in their smartphones, and although I’ve had one for almost a year on my iPhone, I am somewhat disappointed that no one has released a smartphone with a better camera, except that PureView craziness Nokia released. Nevertheless, HTC comes right back at Nokia with their own brightly-colored Windows 8 Phone, complete with 8MP camera.

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Ever since HTC admitted that they had way too many phones and that most of them were too big, I had to reconsider my opinion of them. The HTC 8X is the company’s new signature handset, with a 4.3-inch HD LCD screen (720 × 1280), with a Gorilla Glass 2 covering, Beats Audio for be a better headphone experience, a 2.1 MP front facing camera and a 8MP backside-illuminated camera.

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The phone has full quad-band support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WSPA/WCDMA networks, as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. It’s also got built-in GPS, compass, motion sensors, and is NFC capable. There’s even a dedicated headphone amp, which is kind of an interesting feature. The 1,800 mAh battery isn’t bad, but I would have liked something bigger, given what Samsung puts in their phones these days.

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Under the hood, the HTC 8X runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It will be available this November in blue, black, red and yellow.

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Comments (2):

  1. john says:

    Megapixels has nothing to do with image quality. Just because two phones have 8MP does not mean they are in anyway comparable. There are other elements like backside illumination (BSI), lens size, aperture size (lower is better), optical image stabilization (OIS). You can have 13MP camera with frontside illumination, and an f2.8 aperture with no image stabilization and it will take much worse photos than an 8MP camera with BSI, f2.0 aperture, and OIS. Megapixels just means large photos. You can have a large photo that is blurry and grainy or you can have a large photo that is sharp and clear. The reason why they’re not going past 8MP is because these are already poster sized images and going any larger just wastes storage space with every snapshot.

    • Range says:

      I’m well aware of the difference between MP and image sensors. Since smartphones are tied to a form factor, it will take time before better image senors and optics are included into these devices.

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