Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
To herald the arrival of WP8, HTC has been developing the Windows Phone 8X with the help of Microsoft for a year, and Nokia came out with the unique Lumia 920 flagship. Both handsets are the companies’ first Windows Phones with dual-core processors and HD screens, and both offer jolly and colorful shells.
Nokia, however, loaded a lot of the wow factors it has been brewing in the lab with the Lumia 920, like optical image stabilization, throwing the compact design paradigm out of the window. HTC followed the thin-and-light mantra of modern smartphones to the letter with the 8X, yet added a few smaller extras like wide-angle front camera, so which approach turns out better? Read on the comparison to find out...
The HTC 8X is much slimmer and lighter than the Lumia 920, making it more comfortable to carry around. It has a unibody design, too, with soft-touch shell, aiding your grip further.
The Lumia 920’s polycarbonate unibody feels quite chunky, but is ergonomic to handle due to the tapered sides, and feels extremely solid. The buttons on the right and the camera plate are made of durable zirconium, and are very well situated, with great tactile feedback.
The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right)
There is a 4.5” 768x1280 pixels LCD screen with Nokia’s ClearBlack filter on the Lumia 920, and a 4.3” 720x1280 display on the HTC 8X. Thus the Super LCD 2 screen HTC utilizes offers a bit higher pixel density - 342ppi vs 332ppi - which, of course, can’t really be perceived from a normal viewing distance.
Colors are more saturated on the Lumia 920, and its ClearBlack filter which lowers reflectance to aid outdoor visibility makes the screen looks a tad dimmer outdoors than the HTC 8X, despite the comparable high brightness levels. Viewing angles are very good on both handsets.
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1. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 May 2012)
There's no comparison, lumia hands down
25. Airforce (Posts: 61; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
Dude am not a nokia fan..i love Sony products a lot but if i was to choose a Windows phone it will be HTC
26. Airforce (Posts: 61; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
and i don't hate NOKIA ..i must confess the Lumia is the best version of Nokia catergories ever created but my allegiance goes all the way to SONY XPERIA...if i was ever going to buy a Windows phone i will go for the HTC..it my personal choice..but the lumia is great
27. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
I love how this monster LUMIA 920 is banging every other phones a**sss ;P
55. lumia920 (Posts: 101; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
no doubt... phonearena is comparing a king with a knight... it should be compared to lumia 620 type phones
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I don't have to read the whole article to know who wins!!
L920 is all about innovation, 8X is just about WP8.
L920 hands down!!!
5. Pedro0x (Posts: 270; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Can you tell me what is so innovative about lumia 920?
6. SIGPRO (Posts: 348; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
Damn you must live in a cave.....seriously dude????
10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Do you really not know?
Or are you a heart broken HTC??
Where have you been all of 2012??
14. Pedro0x (Posts: 270; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
I never said that I like HTC, so you should go check your eyes. The super sensitive touch screen is not new, my SGS 1 can also be operated by gloves or a spoon, I have tested it works. The camera on lumia 920 is taking very good videos but the pictures, when they reviewed lumia 920 vs iphone 5, iphone 5 took better pictures they were sharper. I never said that i like HTC 8X, it has way too much unused bezel and it takes worse pictures than lumia 920. Now can you tell me why lumia 920 is so innovative?
18. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
For one, nokia city lens is very innovative and futuristic-like
29. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
So you admit the 920 take good videos right??? Well, that's because there's an innovation behind it, namely the OIS...and there's the 'rich' sound recording. Learn to appreciate something new...
By the way, i never said you were an HTC 'FAN' (that was missing)...you have to know the know the usefulness of the word 'or' and the '?' question mark!
And stop bringing the Applet here...it has no business on this particular space.
31. Pedro0x (Posts: 270; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
I was just comparing, you can not just say that something is best withou compere it to something else. I am sorry I was unclear when I said that lumia 920 took good videos, I meant the audio, that is great, otherwise the video alone is almost the same as SGS3 or Iphone 5 , just with more vivid colors. I am not a fan of no-one. I am appreciating new stuff, if I wasn´t then I would not appreciate jelly bean on my SGS1. What is wrong with you, I am just saying that lumia 920 is not the greatest and the most innovative mobile. That is my opinion, you fanboys are really cruel, someone will say his/her opinion and you bash him/her for it.
35. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Because you talk like you know what you're talking about but you actually don't. The video is the same as GSIII and iP5 you say?
Again, where have you been this year? Go back to how the 920's video recording with the OIS technology reduced shakes and made the video much smoother than iP5 and GSIII. You know nothing! Don't kid yourself!
And yet again, i never said the 920 is the mobile phone with the best innovation...i just said "It's all about innovation" compared to HTC's 8X which has nothing to offer except for the raw OS.
Still don't get me? Then not my fault...
58. Pedro0x (Posts: 270; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
OIS is great on lumia but the video quality is not best. Otherwise I can not see another innovatition on lumia. And WP 8 ruins this mobile IMO, android is much better IMO, for example : did you see Note II:s USB on the go, you can almost use it as a computer. I think that WP 8 is a waste of time. Android is more organized
59. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Dude, what's wrong with you??
I cannot find a valid reason to make you understand!!
And now you're jumping to Android...
Forget it man...
61. Pedro0x (Posts: 270; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Oh no, I understand. Lumia´s OIS is a great thing that I have not seen in other devices, but this is the only real innovation about this phone.
65. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
havent you seen any comparisons? Lumia 920 has the best video quality, 2nd goes to HTC 8x and iphone 5, 3 and 4 GS3 and Note 2..
68. jameshoe (unregistered)
you wanna know what is so innovative about Lumia 920? buy Nokia, you will love it and share to everyone about your experience
83. mattypaul (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
No one seems to have fully explained to Pedro0x why the Lumia 920 is so innovative, well here we go:
1. The screen: PuremotionHD+ seems to be an umbrella term for a few technologies. The main one is the fact that the pixel refresh rate is the fastest and so the transition of anything on the screen is much better. It is the first device to be able to fully show 60fps without motion blur. It is 5.4x as fast as the IPhone 5 and 2.4x as fast as the Galaxy S3. Next is the fact that it uses Synaptic technology which means you can use it consistently, and perfectly accurately, with gloves on or with keys etc. Also, it has a higher PPI than the IPhone 5 with 332 compared to 326 and even despite the fact the screen is 4.5 inches compared to 4 inches big. On top of all this it has leading visibility outdoors with new optimisations and the usual Nokia CBD technology with a polarising light filter. It uses curved Gorilla Glass 2 to top it all off.
2. The camera: Pureview is in its second stage and it brings an 8.7 megapixel BSI Carl Zeiss snapper to the table. It has the famed OIS where the whole camera module is floated, which means photos are blur free and it has the best low light imaging capabilities. It also serves up by far and away the most stable video. (I saw your point about some reviewers highlighting an issue with fuzziness or softness in full daylight and it seems to be only an issue for preproduction review units or early adopters, but nevertheless Nokia is beginning to update all concerned with a software fix bundled into the Microsoft update). Along with the wide angle lens, and the new short pulse high power dual LED flash, and all the Nokia camera extras such as group shot and cinemagraph, it is considered to be the best camera on any phone bar the 808 Pureview, but in some ways it does even trump that.
3. Audio and sound recording: the Lumia 920 has Nokia’s Rich Recording technology and it includes innovative HAAC microphones which can record sounds up to 140dB and higher sound pressure levels without distortion. HAAC also provides full audio bandwidth capabilities to match human hearing. Normal microphones typically used in high end smartphones can record up to 120dB but with heavy distortion even at that level. Also, the Lumia 920 has Dolby software and Dolby Headphone for added quality with audio overall. Nearly forgot! As a general feature Nokia added a personal sound equaliser to Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices.
4. LTE: This is not just any 4G. It is the first phone to the market with pentaband 4G.
5. Wireless charging: coming out before the Nexus 4, it is one of the first phones to adopt QI wireless charging and it is a cool and handy feature worth mentioning.
6. NFC and Bluetooth 4: yes, lots of phones now have both, but that does not make them any less a pair of standout out features, especially when compared to the HTC 8X’s 3.1 and the IPhone 5’s lack of NFC. COUGH.
84. mattypaul (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
7. Materials: despite Nokia using polycarbonate in around 3 phones before the Lumia 920, it is still innovative. Here’s why: the material is sturdy and robust (good old Nokia style), it is signal transparent (why would you put metal covering over a transmitter, it is only going to help distort or diminish it), the colour is inherent to it (meaning it is coloured all the way through and scratches will not show, oh and btw you can’t say the same for the HTC’s material), and Nokia have made a distinct, iconic, unibody design out of it, with a new ergonomic shape. The Lumia 920 is also the first phone to have zirconium used in it. This is a strong, scratch proof, cool looking transition metal which Nokia have made use of in the side keys and camera detailing.
8. Nokia apps: my main example is City Lens which is an innovative augmented reality app but there are countless others, such as Nokia’s true map offering and other imaging additions.
Whilst I am at it the Lumia 920 compares favourably to the HTC 8x on basically every single account. So far I have not mentioned the Lumia 920 has more memory and a bigger battery than it. The Lumia 920 also has GLONASS which works with GPS to make pin pointing your location more accurate and faster. It can also step in when GPS is out of range or weaker.
Overall, it is definitely one of the most innovative phones, if not the most innovative phone of 2012. Then, you can take into account Nokia made it cheaper than the IPhone 5 16gb model and even the HTC 8X, so it is really a no brainer.
It is a shame Phone Arena will not let me post links to go along with the comments but oh well.
12. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1008; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Can you tell me reasons why 8x is better than 920? Don't say weight coz that is nonsense . You have the review to read. WE don't need to answer your question
9. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
not exactly innovative but if u see
they made screen with resistive + capacitive , they called it super sensitive bcoz u can handle with ur gloves on. n they r many disadvantages like unnessary touch inputs as its responsive to any shi*
n so called camara lesser than what we seen in n8 though with better image stabilisation like iphone. with too much show off. an iphone camara is almost same with all appecture but in lumia there is too much showoff
11. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Haven't had any accidental touch inputs yet. Amused that you would even call the image stabilization on the iPhone comparable. There is a drastic difference between the two. Check out the iPhone/Lumia 920 showdown.
13. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1008; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Who the hell told you that the screen is resistive +capacitive? Please educate yourself. I will gladly humiliate you with all your nonsense
30. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
educate urself bro. its kinda pro resistive touch. they called it super sensitive. if not wat else would it be ?? dont say super sensitive pls. this sensitive based on force not on sensitivity try loose cotton with dia 0.3cm with a very minute force or just place on it . i bet it doesnt work that way . sry for saying truth though !
54. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1008; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
im sorry to say this, but this is bulls**t! im dissapointed by your comment. i bet you never touched or used a real nokia 920.
they use the technology of Synaptics on 920
15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1008; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
It is purely glass screen. And NO accidental inputs will happen. Turn of sensitive touch mode if you just want your finger tips then..
33. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
There's nothing innovative about L920, mid-spec phone with a high price!
37. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
your back then, and still with your blind hate for other phones not using android
39. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
And there's nothing that makes sense in your comment.
Minimal words, maximum troll!!
40. ar2730 (Posts: 40; Member since: 24 May 2012)
The price is actually cheaper than I've ever seen for 32 gigs of internal memory plus all of the extras!
46. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
TROLL we're not talking about iPhone here
53. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)
lol troll, ive seen your comments on phonearena since i began to visit daily to check news, you are nothing but a pathetic loser :P with your lame profile pic
51. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
have you seen your doctor recently????
60. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Why would he???
Trolls are afraid of doctors...
They think Doctors scare the troll out of them!
66. jameshoe (unregistered)
to lovely PedroOx
Nokia Lumia 920,
the best DISPLAY in 2012
the best CAMERA in 2012
the best NOKIA PHONE in 2012
70. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
best camera in 2012 actually goes to the 808
but yeah the best all round nokia phone of 2012 is the 920
77. venkkr (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)
What's not innovative about the lumia 920?
Nokia city lens, Nokia maps (offers offline navigation and is superior to google maps)
Pureview floating lens technology (iPhone images are fake, with added colour. They look bad on a larger screen)
USB on the go is not only in android phones, Nokia had em since the n8 ... And it is present in the 920
SGS1 isn't meant to be mentioned at all here, but since it is brought about, it lags horribly, has a terrible camera without a flash and it's browser is the worst ever.
Moreover, Samsung phones feel of cheap plastic, despite having gorilla glass, due to poor framing, the glass has broken for many SGS 1 owners.
Lumia 920 is Rugged and highly resistive to external damages.
To sum up, the innovation
Rough and tough, feature filled phone with amazing interface, resolution, excellent software and hardware combo
79. AplhaMale (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)
Pedro0X asked the question of what makes the Lumia 920 so innovative then everyone got very emotional :) Fortunately Pedro I actually have a Lumia 920 and here is why I think it is innovative. 1. Wireless charging - Awesome feature. I charge my battery (without wires) whilst playing music from my L920 through my NFC JBL speakers. 2. It's quick - 100Mbits/s downloads and 50 Mbits/s uploads combine that with the best in class social integration and you realise how much fun social networking on your smartphone should be. 3. USB - no need for sofware as my pc reads my phone as an external drive - just drag and drop whatever you want onto it, create folders, whatevs. 4. Polycarbonate - I drop my phone a lot no marks at all. 5. Seemless integration between devices - I now own a windows 8 tab (Acer) & W8 Laptop also Acer. My Skydrive syncs everything and I can pick up on a different device where I left off on the last. 6. Mix Radio - Free streaming music and then it allows you to download the mix for free!! I choose the artists the genre everything. 7. OTA updates direct from the vendor. I dont wait for my service provider or Nokia to release anything, I update whatever whenever. 8. Skype integrated with video call - the app does not even have to be open to receive calls and i'm's. 9. Camera - much has been said already but my personal fav about the camera is I can take photos of fast moving objects and have NO blur at all. I'm into racing so nice to have. 10. Microsoft Office - My excell looks like it should and my very secure corporate mail integrates with mobile Outlook hassle free coz all the security certificates and policies are duplicated. Also access to my company sharefile and all the intranet services and custom apps we run. Lync is amazing on the L920. Before this I used the Samsung Galaxy S3 (I had a lot of software and hardware issues) and before that the iPhone 4 (loved it). This is by far the best SmartPhone I have used to date. Oh and #11: DLNA - I have a DLNA LED tv and using the "Play to" app I stream my multimedia to my home theatre system. i know Samsung has all share but this is more stable and much more user friendly. Buy 1 you wont be able to hate no matter how hard you try.
80. venkkr (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)
Points very well put up :)
I am thinking of getting a handset myself, waiting for the unlocked version to release in my place
Could u tell me about its Bluetooth and NFC based file transfers, whether it is restricted to wp8 to wp8 or supports cross platform transfer also...
3. Emily1985 (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
Nokia lumia 920 is 10.7 mm thick , htc 8x is 10.1 mm thick, so why are you saying that htc 8x is very slim(the difference between them is 0.6mm)??
62. ghanemsam (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
its not like that you should know that the 8x has a rounded edges which let you feel its slimmer than the lumia rectangual shape from all directions and the weight of the 8X is 130 grams and L920 is 185 grams what the hell????
85. mattypaul (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
The 920 is also curved and rounded on the back. But yes, the 8X is more so.
75. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I agreed with you at first until I actually held the 8X. I gotta say this phone is very nice in person and feels really thin. Just one of those things where specs don't tell the whole story.
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
Nice comparison pa, it shows the care for the wp users :)
8. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Haha the nokia city lens app makes it even compete to Android phones, I seriously doubted and hesitated before getting my note II, I finally gave in but still made think so much about getting a lumia 920 and a note II
16. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
I think you would have been pleased either way. The Note II and the Lumia 920 are both amazing.
19. Bernoulli (Posts: 1402; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
True hehe but the only reason I went Android was because my previous mobile was Android and also some apps I need that are not available in windows OS, such as tube mate and gtunes
23. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
That tends to be what it comes down to. For me, the Lumia has every app I need.
67. jameshoe (unregistered)
get Lumia, help Nokia
17. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1008; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
PA is annoyed why lock button of 8x is on top.I don't see them complain on iphone's lock placement..
24. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
but the iphone fit in the palm of the hand of anybody, and 8X is a big phone, so is hard to reach the top to lock/unlock the phone!
81. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Unless you have atrophied or small hands then it would an issue. I hold my HTC 8x in my left hand and my index finger fits nicely on the power button. I have no issues with turning the phone on or off, let alone unlocking or locking it.
20. lauremar (Posts: 180; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
Nokia Lumia 920 hands down!!! I have the Red Nokia Lumia 920 and also own an awesome LG Nexus 4... Best of both worlds baby!!! Had an iPhone/IOS and got sick and bored with it and the underwhelming iPhone 5 and IOS 6 launch did not help and put the nail on the coffin with the Apple ecosystem on my part...
21. Credo (Posts: 677; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
We need some cool apps, thats what wp needs very hard
22. Dastrix (Posts: 534; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I just happened to think about how disappointed 8X users would be if they were trying to take photos at night. *Should have gotten a Lumia.* I mean, it goes without saying that you'd feel pretty sad, regretting your awful decision, knowing there's a better phone out there, right? That alone, explains everything! L920 hands down!