Windows Phone 8 Smartphone Variations

Windows Phone 8 Variations - Header

The official launch date for Windows Phone 8 (codename Apollo) is scheduled for 29th October 2012. The new OS, however, will not be compatible with the current line-up of Windows Phone devices, including those from Nokia, HTC and Samsung. This, then, means that Windows Phone 8 is not labelled as an update on Windows Phone 7, but rather a line altogether. Despite the unreleased OS, the 3 biggest OEMs sporting Microsoft’s mobile OS, have all unveiled their new range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones; Samsung with their ATIV S, Nokia’s Lumia 920 and HTC’s Windows Phone 8X. These are the 3 flagship smartphones for the representative OEMs. Huawei has also announced their intention to move into the Windows Phone space with their Ascend W1, which hasn’t been officially launched yet.

Windows Phone 8 Variations - Phones

If you’re a fan of Windows Phone and don’t pledge allegiance to any of the 3 OEMs, you may find it a tough choice when choosing a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Besides the obvious exactness that lies in the OS, there’s no difference at all in the choice of CPU and GPU. But the similarities don’t end there, as many of the other internals have similar specs.

Windows Phone 8X Samsung ATIV S Nokia Lumia 920
Dimensions 132.3×66.2×10.1mm 137.2×70.5×8.7mm 130.3×70.8×10.7mm
Weight 130g 135g 185g
Screen Size 4.3″ 4.8″ 4.5″
Resolution 1,280 x 720 (341 ppi) 1,280 x 720 (306ppi) 1,280 x 768 pixels (331ppi)
Display Super LCD 2 Super AMOLED HD PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD
Screen Gorilla Glass 2 Gorilla Glass 2 Gorilla Glass
Battery 1,800mAh 2,300mAh 2,000mAh
Internal storage 16GB 16/32GB 32GB
External storage None microSDXC to 64GB None
Rear Camera 8 MP, AF, LED Flash, f/2.0 8MP, AF, LED Flash 8.7MP, AF, LED flash, OIS f/2.0
Front-facing Camera 2.1MP, Ultra-Wide Angle 1.9MP 1.3MP
Video Capture 1080p
Bluetooth v2.1+EDR v3.0 v3.1
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960
CPU 1.5GHz, dual-core
GPU Adreno 225
Wi-Fi Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-band 802.11 a/g/b/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
OS Windows Phone 8
Final Score 13 16 11

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