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

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:

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.

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 
Physical size4.30 inches4.5 inches4.8 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density
342 ppi332 ppi306 ppi

Capacity1800 mAh2000 mAh2300 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - IonLi - Ion
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
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
Camera8 megapixels, Immobile8.7 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
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
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
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



1. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 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.

7. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

thanks for the douche who thumbs down for no reason.

10. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 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

24. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Sadly it isnt. It is plastic construction. Check out this clip 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 :(

29. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

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

33. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 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.

21. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

31. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

28. designdivalq

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

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

2. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

8. Ueliton

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Seriously?? That would be great!

9. acwalt

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

14. mjgnn6

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Not True based off the Engadge review...

3. nikhil.agrawal88

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 01, 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 has made an impact with lumia series..

4. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 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...

5. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 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.

6. kunal2609

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 22, 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...

11. TheCellX

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 08, 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.

12. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

13. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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 >>>>>

15. savezo007

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 12, 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

16. bigmikememe2012

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Its a windows filled yuletide season :)

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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!!!

18. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 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.

19. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

27. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

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

20. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

22. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

23. KLikePhones

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 24, 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.

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