Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Introduction

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...


Design

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 Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Windows Phone keys - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Windows Phone keys

Front cameras - The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Front cameras

The Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right)


HTC 8X, on the other hand, has the lock/power key at the top, so you have to stretch your finger each time to reach it, which on a larger handset is annoying. On top of that the button is too small and flush with the surface, so you have to fiddle with it quite a bit or look down each time. The same goes for the volume rocker on the right - too thin and flush with the side, plus a shallow feedback.

Bottom sides - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Bottom sides

Left - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Left

Top - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Top

Right - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Right

Backs - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Backs

Rear cameras - The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Rear cameras

The sides of the Nokia Lumia 920 (bottom, left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (top, right)



Display

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.

Viewing angles - Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Viewing angles - Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Viewing angles - Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X
Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right) - Nokia Lumia 920 vs HTC Windows Phone 8X

Color production of the Nokia Lumia 920 (left) and the HTC Windows Phone 8X (right)


Lumia 920 has the advantage to use a supersensitive touch layer, which allows you to answer a call, or start an app with gloves on, which can be very handy at times.



Nokia Lumia 920 360-degrees View:



HTC Windows Phone 8X 360-degrees View:



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81 Comments

1. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 196; Member since: May 03, 2012

There's no comparison, lumia hands down

25. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 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: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 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: Nov 04, 2012

I love how this monster LUMIA 920 is banging every other phones a**sss ;P

55. lumia920

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

no doubt... phonearena is comparing a king with a knight... it should be compared to lumia 620 type phones

76. Gopaljoshi9977

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2012

Lumia rocks....

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Can you tell me what is so innovative about lumia 920?

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Damn you must live in a cave.....seriously dude????

7. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

No really, tell me?

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Do you really not know? Or are you a heart broken HTC?? Where have you been all of 2012??

14. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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?

29. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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: Nov 14, 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..

87. keygenpro1980

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

haha... cortana now is in beta but you can compare now to siri & google now what more when cortana officially made? windows phone 8.1 is a lot better now soo..just wait!!!

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: 17; Member since: Mar 03, 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. 7. Materials...

84. mattypaul

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

CONTINUED! 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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: Nov 10, 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: Oct 13, 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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: Nov 10, 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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..

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