Windows Phone 8 Battle: Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATIV S vs HTC 8X


29.09.2012

Windows Phone 8 Battle: Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATIV S vs HTC 8X

Samsung brought ATIV S at IFA Berlin 2012, Nokia waited until September 5th to present two new Windows Phone 8 models, Lumia 820 and, the flagship, Lumia 920. On September 19th HTC introduced HTC Windows Phone 8S and HTC Windows Phone 8X. I wasn’t expecting the Taiwanese to use Winodws Phone in the smartphones’ official name.

These are the first Windows Phone 8 smartphones that were officially announced, and since they are running on the same mobile operating system you should get ready for the Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATV S vs HTC 8X battle.

But before seeing the similarities and differences between the three Windows Phone 8 high-end smartphones let’s have a look at their technical specifications.

Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a 4.5-inch IPS TFT display (768 x 1,280 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 2, plus a Snapdragon S4 CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (microSD not supported) and an 8 megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, and dual-LED flash. The device is kept alive by a 2,000 mAh battery.

Samsung ATIV S packs the same dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Krait CPU as Lumia 920, 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of storage expandable via microSD card (up to 32 GB supported) and an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and image stabilization. The Samsung WP8 smartphone has a 4.8-inch display with HD Super AMOLED technology, the same as the one installed on the more popular Galaxy S3.

Least, but not last, HTC 8X boasts a Snapdragon S4 Krait processor with two cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 4.3-inch S-LCD2 display with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. HTC 8X sports an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and continuous autofocus while recording videos.

All three Windows Phone 8 smartphones are powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5 GHz. They all have 1 GB of RAM, the same display resolution and they are all running on Windows Phone 8 with the same user interface, sharing the same GPU: Adreno 225.

Therefore Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung ATIV S and HTC 8X should bring a similar experience. The differences come when it comes to shape, size, design language, display performance and camera.

In terms of connectivity, Nokia Lumia 920 has an ace up the sleeve, courtesy of the 4G LTE support, but since this standard is not too widespread outside US, the Finnish smartphone is not so far ahead of its competitors.

The biggest difference between the three Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones is the display. S-LCD 2 sized 4.3 inches (diagonally) for the HTC model vs Lumia 920′s 4.5-inch IPS packing some proprietary Nokia technology vs a huge 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED for the South Korean flagship.

In my opinion HTC 8X has the least competitive display, one that will not stand out with any of its features. On the other hand Nokia Lumia 920 might actually amaze us. The Finns proved they know how to calibrate a display back in 2011 when they took an AMOLED display and added Nokia ClearBlack, making it better than Samsung’s. Well at least when it came to the glare effect caused by the direct sunlight.

Samsung brought a Super AMOLED on its ATIV S, borrowed from Galaxy S3. It doesn’t amaze us with its quality, but it’s a great display overall which does a good job. ATIV S has the biggest display, while HTC bets on a screen size that, nowadays, you can only find on some mid-end Android smartphones. Still it’s bigger than iPhone 5′s 4-inch display. HTC might become a good acquisition for those who don’t wish for a huge display and for dose in search of a well-proportioned smartphone.

In terms of storage we have a battle between 16 GB (no microSD support) for HTC 8X, 32 GB (no microSD support) for Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung ATIV S’ 16 or 32 GB + microSD. ATIV S (the 32 GB version) is obviously the winner, with HTC losing this battle, and Nokia somewhere between the two.

Camera. Nokia created a lot of buzz around Lumia 920′s sensor with PureView technology, but also disappointed when it was proved that the commercial was fake. Still, its the most accessorized camera of the three.

The primary 8 megapixel camera used by ATIV S seems the same as the one installed on SGS3, a good one, but not something to make you say “wow.” HTC seems to have the same approach, bringing the camera of its Android flagship.

I’d be tempted to say that the camera battle was won by Nokia, and I truly hope that the PureView sensor is not all about makreting.

The battery size grows directly proportional with the size of the display. I won’t rush into conclusions before some real life tests. Hat tip to Samsung, because they managed to bring a 2,300 mAh and keep the terminal skinny.

I know it’s premature, but I have the feeling that Samsung and Nokia have beaten HTC in the Windows Phone 8 game before the kick off. HTC disappointed a bit, but maybe the Taiwanese company will list the best price.

What we know for sure is that Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung ATIV S and HTC 8X will represent Microsoft’s mobile operatin system with pride. So, what is your opinion? Which one is the best?

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