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A Windows Phone 8 hot rod

Hues a plenty

Another 8X view

Power and headphones

A plain left side

Smooth on back

Controls in a row

Left of limelight yellow

USB on bottom

An all-yellow back

HTC's new Windows Phone 8X represents a big new commitment to Microsoft's upcoming mobile operating system. The phone boasts a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 screen, 1.6GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, and NFC technology.
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The HTC Windows Phone 8X comes in a myriad of colors including Flame Red and Limelight Yellow shown here. Other hues available are California Blue and Graphite Black.
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We placed the HTC Windows Phone 8X in the light box HTC provided and snapped another shot of the Flame Red version.
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On top of the HTC Windows Phone 8X are a power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.
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The HTC Windows Phone 8X is rather plain with no controls or buttons.
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The HTC Windows Phone 8X has a back side that's smooth and featureless save the 8-megapixel camera and LED flash.
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Unlike the HTC Windows Phone 8X's left side, which is barren of buttons, the phone's right side has controls for volume and a dedicated camera key.
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Here's a look at the left side of the Limelight Yellow version of the HTC Windows Phone 8X.
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On the bottom edge of the HTC Windows Phone 8X is its micro-USB port.
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The back side of the HTC Windows Phone 8X is all the same hue. Here's a view of the Limelight Yellow model. Also here is the 8-megapixel camera and LED flash.
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