Recently, we saw the launch of the next installment of HTC smart phones. Both the phones, HTC 8X and HTC 8S, are based upon the next generation Windows Phone 8 operating system and received a positive response from all the spectators. But what this launch brought is a tough competition for Nokia. Also, the phones have an expected release in November quite close to what Nokia has planned for its Lumia series. Though we haven’t tested their on-ground strength yet, still a look at the nos. can predict a lot of what the situation will be in the upcoming days. Here, we are comparing the big guns: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC 8X.
DESIGN AND OUTLOOK:
It is quite obvious that if you are spending around 500-600 bucks for just a phone, then it’s ‘not’ just a phone rather a multi-task calculator popping appealing looks that matter to the high profile you belong to. While both the smart phones deliver the same with a nice build and sharp design and offer a variety of colors offered including Black, Yellow, Blue and Red, Nokia lags behind due to its heavy weight and bulky size. The Lumia 920 weight 6.5 ounces with a thickness of o.42 inch in comparison with 4.6 ounces and 3.9 inch thickness for HTC 8X.
This is the field where finally we have a challenger to Nokia. While HTC supports a 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 HD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and pixel density 342 pixels per inch, Nokia offers a bigger 4.5 inch AMOLED display with PureMotion HD+ technology, at a resolution of 1,280×768 pixels with a pixel density of 332 pixels per inch, which is even better than the HD display available otherwise. . Also, Nokia Lumia 920 has its ClearBlack technology which is an automatically activating system for adjusting brightness, color and contrast details by using a polarizing filter to cut off the reflections, to compensate for lighting and intended to deliver a clear display in the bright sun. No such technology has yet been mentioned by HTC but can’t be speculated as a negative point with due regards for the previous versions of the smart phone.
HTC 8X offers an 8MP camera with image chip that is similar to the one available in previous models like HTC ONE X but bears some modifications like the minimized shutter lag and very high photo quality. On the other hand, Nokia takes out its PureView technology once again with Lumia 920 similar to the one we saw in Nokia 808 PureView, but with an 8.7MP camera accompanied with real optical image stabilization system and high-quality Carl Zeiss optics. Specs are favored for Nokia but a disappointing performance from Nokia 900 makes it difficult to take it as it is. We will have to wait and watch after the actual launch of the phone.
With both the phones having the same Windows Phone 8 OS and the same 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, Nokia is a step ahead with 32GB internal memory with 1GB RAM against the 16 GB memory with 512 MB RAM for HTC 8X. Still, the final decision can only be carried out when we check out the real-time performance of both the phones.
On the connectivity counterpart, Nokia Lumia 920 has features like NFC, Bluetooth 3.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi Channel Bonding which are quite similar to what HTC offers with NFC, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n features. The only major difference is the Qi Wireless Charging by Nokia, with Lumia becoming the first ever flagship to feature such technology in the market.
While previously there was no confirmation of the LTE carrier for Nokia other than AT&T, recently there have been some rumors regarding Verizon to be including both Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X in their network for the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform releasing in November. If the rumors come to be true, then it will be a huge gift for the Windows Phone users. Additionally, HTC 8X also includes T-Mobile in its list of carriers.
Nokia Lumia 920 is equipped with a 2,000 mAh battery promised to give a good playback time with Windows operating system being economical in the past as well. On the other hand, 8X is loaded with a 1,800 mAh Li-Po battery expected to give about same results.
While Nokia is yet to announce its on-road price, HTC has announced its price tag for HTC 8X to be $199 for a 2 year contract.
Both the phones are promising and are the front runners for their respective manufacturers. While HTC 8X has little new to the concept but strong basics, Nokia Lumia 920 is a complete new package with uncertain reliability. Right now, Lumia 920 seems to take the battle on the edge but remember, “A trailer doesn’t decide the success of the movie”.