There’s no mistaking it: the Windows Phone 8 battle is heating up. HTC just announced its high-end HTC Windows Phone 8X for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, two weeks after Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920. The resemblance between the two phones is readily apparent, and more than skin deep. Like the Lumia 920, the HTC Windows Phone 8X drops the phone screen into a richly colored slablike unibody design. Like the Lumia 920, it also shares the same processor, LTE and NFC capability, and high-definition screens.
Yet, there are important differences between the two, and these go beyond the specs. I unfortunately don’t have the phones in-house to compare side by side, but we gotten hands on both devices, and we know a lot about HTC and Nokia’s strengths and weaknesses firsthand. While this analysis certainly isn’t final, it is based on knowledge and experience. I’ll update this post when we get the phones in for review.
One look at the two phones and you wonder if HTC will have a lawsuit on its hands. They’re eerily similar, and HTC’s apparent mimicry doesn’t make a strong case for the originality of its flagship Windows phone. It’s a bizarre move for HTC, and one that doesn’t fit into its typical design philosophy. At least the HTC Windows Phone 8X seems to be well-crafted.
HTC’s phone is significantly smaller, lighter, and thinner than the Lumia 920, which may give it a leg up for those who prefer more pocketable devices. We’ll have fun comparing the two devices side by side.
The Lumia 920 has the slightly larger display, 4.5 inches as opposed to the Windows Phone 8X’s 4.3 inches.
Resolution on both HD screens will be similar, with HTC gaining the theoretical advantage with higher pixel density, 342 pixels per inch versus the Lumia’s 332 ppi. HTC’s 8X should look slightly sharper, but both phones’ pixel density is quite high. Both use similar LCD screen technology with IPS, or in-plane switching. Nokia claims that its screen technology will offer the smoothest viewing experience, especially for video playback.
Processor and performance:
With the same 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, the same Windows Phone 8 OS, and the same 4G LTE speeds, the 8X and the Lumia 920 are neck and neck for performance.
On the Bluetooth front, HTC made the strange decision to give the 8X Bluetooth 2.1, whereas the Lumia 920 follows Bluetooth 3.1 standards. The best-case scenario would see both phones with Bluetooth 4.0 for easy tapping and pairing. At least with NFC on both handsets, there’s room to pair with third-party accessories using the near field communication standard.
There are significant differences in the storage department, as each Nokia device provides twice the built-in capacity of its respective HTC rival. With expandable microSD as an option in both cases, that might not matter much to you. The 8S does have a slight disadvantage in terms of RAM, offering only 512MB in contrast to the 1GB found in the Lumia 820. That could play a role if you’re frequently playing demanding games, but shouldn’t impact day to day usage.
( Source Cnet )