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HTC's Windows Phone 8X flagship strikes a pose (pictures)

The HTC Windows Phone 8X goes big on style without sacrificing features or a slender, pocket-friendly design.

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HTC's Windows Phone 8X marches out

The HTC Windows Phone 8X is the company's colorful stab at Windows phone. Red, bright yellow, black, and blue shades come to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, starting at $199.
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Top view

The phone's shape is interesting: rounded on the back, but with thin corners around the face. A soft-touch finish lends a firm, contoured handhold, but buttons are too flush to push by feel.
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Live tile design

Microsoft's resizable, movable, and color-customizable live tiles define Windows phones.
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Its got the Beats

HTC's Beats Audio cranks up the volume and adds a little extra richness to your songs, movies, and video.
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Windows phone versus Windows phone

Both Windows Phone 8 devices, the 8X (left) is smaller, slimmer, lighter, and more grippable than Nokia's Lumia 920. But the Lumia has double the storage and wireless charging.
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Thick versus thin

The view from the top accentuates each phone's dimensions.

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