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HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATIV S specs comparison

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HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATIV S specs comparison
Excitement is building up around Windows Phone 8, and Nokia is largely to blame with the mighty innovative Lumia 920 with its OIS PureView camera and gloves-on screen. WP8 finally ushered Microsoft in the era of big-screen phones with HD resolution and dual-core processors, equating the fledgling mobile OS with the Android and iOS juggernauts.

Finally Windows Phone 8 has if not the apps, then the hardware to boast against those two. With the announcement of the Windows Phone 8X by HTC just minutes ago, the Samsung ATIV S and especially the Lumia 920, we now have a truly flagship WP8 device from each of the major phone manufacturers, but LG and Sony. Here are the words of Steve Ballmer and Peter Chou from HTC, which best describe what is happening with Windows Phone this holiday season:

Pairing HTC’s beautiful new Windows Phone 8X and 8S with our brand is a big milestone for both companies,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “Together we are offering customers a clear choice and a truly unique experience. I’m thrilled to take our longstanding partnership to the next level.”

“We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that give the platform the iconic design and personality it deserves,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Windows Phone has clearly emerged as one of the top mobile ecosystems and is competitive against any other smartphone platform in the world.”


Those three - HTC, Nokia and Samsung - will be duking it out for the potential WP8 customer's attention this holiday season, so we are stacking up the three Windows Phone amigos against each other to see how do they compare on paper. 

Of course, the full reviews will be the ones that will determine the final winner, but in the meantime our imagination can fill in the gaps, until Windows Phone 8 is readied for prime time by Microsoft at the end of next month, and we have those three handsets in our possession shortly after. Check out the table below, and chime in the comments which one is your favorite.

HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATIV S specs comparison



DESIGNHTC Windows Phone 8XNokia Lumia 920Samsung ATIV S
Dimensions5.21 x 2.61 x 0.40 (132.3 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm)5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 (130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm)5.40 x 2.78 x 0.34 (137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm)
Weight4.59 oz (130 g)
the average is 4.2 oz (119 g)
6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 4.2 oz (119 g)
4.76 oz (135 g)
the average is 4.2 oz (119 g)
ColorsBlack, Yellow, Blue, RedBlack, Yellow, Red, White, Gray 
DISPLAY
Physical size4.30 inches4.5 inches4.8 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
342 ppi332 ppi306 ppi
Technology
S-LCD 2IPS LCDSuper AMOLED
BATTERY

Capacity1800 mAh2000 mAh2300 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - IonLi - Ion
HARDWARE
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor
Dual core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, KraitDual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processorAdreno 225Adreno 225Adreno 225
System memory
1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR2 (500 MHz)1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR2 (500 MHz)1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / DDR2 (500 MHz)
Built-in storage16 GB32 GB16 GB
Storage expansion no nomicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
CAMERA
Camera8 megapixels, Immobile8.7 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
FlashLEDDual LEDLED
Aperture sizeF2.0F2.0 
Focal length (35mm equivalent)28mm26mm 
FeaturesBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Geo taggingBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Exposure compensation, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo taggingAuto focus, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD)
Recording format MPEG4, H.264 
FeaturesVideo callingVideo calling, Optical image stabilizationVideo calling
Front-facing camera2 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.9 megapixels
Video capture  1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps) yes
TECHNOLOGY
CDMA
800, 1900 MHz  
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz 
DataLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.ALTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSHSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Micro SIMYesYes 
Global RoamingYesYesYes
Positioning
GPS, A-GPS, GlonassGPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioningA-GPS, Glonass
NavigationTurn-by-turn navigationTurn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigationYes

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:32 41

1. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Unfournatly the HTC has the smallest screen and alot of people will prefer the other two for just that reason. THe samsung lacking COLOR and Premium Materials will take a hit in sales aswell. I see the Lumia outselling them all.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:41 14

7. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


thanks for the douche who thumbs down for no reason.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:53 25

10. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


samsung lacks colours, yes, but it has premium metal build.
Its almost like microsoft warned them not to use cheap plastic like they do on android. lol

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 13:35 1

24. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 322; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Sadly it isnt. It is plastic construction. Check out this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5Cv2TPSNRM its in russian but check out when they remove the back cover and bend it. It flexes the same way as the plastic back on the galaxy s2 and s3. Sadly that aint metal :(

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 16:17

29. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


the metal bends too... what do you think? they put metal make it bullet proff? no! just the feel and wont get schratched

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 23:43 1

33. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


aaron is right, metal isnt unbendable. what do you think wires are made up of? lol. if you want the phone to be slim, lightweight, pocketable and also have a big battery, you cant have a bulletproof metal.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:41 8

21. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


And there are many people who prefers a 4.3 screen or smaller. Not everyone wants to carry a small tablet around. Just a thought.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 16:28 7

30. Leo_MC (Posts: 556; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Nokia is smaller in size although it has a bigger screen.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 19:21 3

31. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


Nokia is slightly shorter than the HTC, but it is wider and deeper (to accomodate the larger battery and wireless charging). The thing about the Lumia is that it feels good in the hand, with its pillow back and smooth curves. Oh my...that almost sounds X rated.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 16:01 2

28. designdivalq (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Need Win8 with 5+ screen to compete with the GalaxyNoteII...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:34 4

2. yowanvista (Posts: 307; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Small correction, the HTC 8X features a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:44

8. Ueliton (Posts: 34; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Seriously?? That would be great!

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:52 7

9. acwalt (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Nope. The HTC 8S features a microSD, but the X does not. Read this articlehttp://techcrunch.com/2012/09/19/hands-on-with-the-htc-windows-phone-8x-yet-another-flagship-windows-phone-8-device/

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:10 1

14. mjgnn6 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Not True based off the Engadge review...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:35 9

3. nikhil.agrawal88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


definitely nokia..i got lumia 800 the day it was released in UK and after the initial glitches with battery life and camera which were sorted out by updates, it was really good..nokia has made an impact with lumia series..

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:36 3

4. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


gsmarena states that 8x has storage expansion, but even so, that'll be the only thing that favours htc. otherwise, its nokia all the way...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:38 11

5. MikeG77 (Posts: 373; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


There all nice devices but i think that HTC really hurt themselves by not havng a larger battery and SD card slot. I don't understand why they continue to do this especially when Samung made a thinner phone WITH a bigger batter and an SD card slot. Sorry HTC there is no exscuse you can make to why those 2 things were not included.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:38 2

6. kunal2609 (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


according to me,it will be a question of pocketability and memory,with htc u get only 16 gb memory( conflicting reports as of now regarding sd card,cant see a slot in the video as well) whereas with ativ s it might not be easy to hold for everyone considering its 4.8 inches of display,in either cases lumia 920 could be the safer option...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:57 4

11. TheCellX (Posts: 49; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


No big differences among them.. you can pick any of them... and you will get the same. Probably.. this will be a pure eye oriented decision. The beauty one will win.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:00 6

12. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


I'm going to have to say the Nokia. They are all very good but without touching them, the Lumia with a bigger screen is a better buy for me and with the polycarbonite shell makes me lean toward Nokia instead of Samsung. But I would be happy with either of these handsets. This is going to be an awesome holiday season.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:01 2

13. cdgoin (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


None of the above.. I want a QWERTY keyboard.. without it, its a deal killer for me. My DVP has been great so far, and once I get 7.8 I really wont need a new phone for a while. Until they do something RADICALLY different (Colors are not RADICALLY different) I am not interested. I either want a DVP style replacement, OR something like the HTC Trophy prototype we saw a few years back.

I so want this phone to be reality >>>>>

http://techcrunch.com/2010/02/03/htc-trophy-specs/

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:18 5

15. savezo007 (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)


i would get or will get the nokia lumia i dont really care if its heavy but the highlight for me is wireless charging!!! better than that stupid "lightning" cable iphone has

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:25

16. bigmikememe2012 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Its a windows filled yuletide season :)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:31 4

17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lumia wins here no doubt.
Samsung's built might be good but it's just plain boring! And HTC, well, i've always wanted to say this WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU PHONE MANUFACTURERS GIVING CUSTOMERS A L'LE EXTRA JUICE?? Motorola excluded!!!

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:33 1

18. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I don't downgrade the HTC 8X, it's a very good phone, but its specs are similar to the Lumia 820, which is Nokia's mid-range phone, except for the screen quality.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:34 2

19. Veigald (Posts: 240; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


“We’ve been inspired by Windows Phone 8 to create new smartphones that shamelessly copy the iconic design and personality of Nokia's Lumia phones,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.

Or should have, anyway.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 15:20

27. ngo2dd (Posts: 787; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


It look nothing like the lumia are you blind or just a raging fanboy?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:41 1

20. rsiders (Posts: 278; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Very nice devices. The Samsung Ativ S is the only flagship with the inclusion of memory expansion which is a plus, but Samsung failed to really show us the device. The HTC 8X has killer design but just a little elongated while not as bad as the iPhone 5. 16gb of storage is actually a nice spot for me so memory expansion is not a deal breaker. The Lumia 920 is set to have the best features and camera. This is shaping up to be a very exciting fall season for Windows Phone. HTC wins for me by announcing availability to T-Mobile. So for now it looks like I'll be getting to know the 8X.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:44 1

22. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


it will come down to exclusive stuff from all of their offerings since base is the same

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 13:30 1

23. KLikePhones (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


Where is the ATIV? It came and then went away.
I want to see a hands-on video of the thing, ACTUALLY WORKING!
Until then, it's the Lumia 920 for me. I don't care for what HTC just put out.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 14:38 1

25. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


lumia has this all wrapped up. I wonder why no WP8 flagship took an SD card

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 14:41 1

26. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I like Lumia 920 more than the HTC 8X and samsung Ativ; but I still couldn't understand that how can Nokia make the phone so heavy, when every competition out there is making so light weight phones with same specs.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 21:25

32. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


htc's design looks like a s h i t, samsung ativ s design is the best and the most elegant of all wp 8 devices

ativ s > lumia > htc

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 03:35

34. Crossblade (Posts: 190; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


Lumia 920 :)

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:25

35. Marcus73 (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


I can live with the heaviest phone here. OIS, PureMotion HD+ and wireless charging are my main buying attraction. :)

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 08:03

36. wackypandas (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


how i wish nokia would also make android products :( they would be as good as lumias :]

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 07:21

37. DP777 (Posts: 15; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Nokia has the best camera, screen, policarbonate body is better than plastic, Nokia has great exclusive apps, wireless charging, better accessories (JBL system, Monster...). And from my experiance much beeter quality. Look at old Nokia phones: they look good, they work great. Look at Android competitors devices. Even if it's 1 year old it looks cheap.(Even bueautiful plastic is cheap).
If you need the great smartphone with the best camera - Nokia the only option!

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 08:24

38. andrew1953 (Posts: 175; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


I have an N9 and love the Drive as well as the utility apps. That said the ATIV SMART impresses me with its larger,removable battery,FM radio and lighter slimmer design versus the 920. I also like the way you can pair the Ativ S up with the hybrid tablet,the ATIV SMART PC. I would make sure I bought a decent case for the ATIV S like the Seidio I've had on my 9800 for the last two years. I hope the ATIV S has a really good in car navigation system like the Nokia. I very much like fact you can put a micro SD card into the ATIV for expandable memory. Extra memory is very important on a 2 year contract phone. A great camera or music is not as important to me as good,sensible utility apps. The other phone I am looking at is the BB10 Aristo.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 09:15

39. Topleft73 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


This is a hard one, the Htc comes with beats (Which I really want :3) But the storage is just too small. The Nokia has a bigger screen but i've seen both and it is unnoticeable Htc-Better front camera Nokia-Better back Camera, Battery life isn't big enough to make a difference (About 1 hour extra on nokia) Htc has better Ppi which to me is pretty important, I'm not a photographer, so I don't need all the camera features included in the nokia. So in the end all I really have to do is pick Better Storage (Nokia) or Better Audio, free beats, better Ppi and nicer looking design (Htc).... What would you pick?

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