Windows Phone 8 Smartphone Variations

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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 8XSamsung ATIV SNokia Lumia 920
Screen Size4.3″4.8″4.5″
Resolution1,280 x 720 (341 ppi)1,280 x 720 (306ppi)1,280 x 768 pixels (331ppi)
DisplaySuper LCD 2Super AMOLED HDPureMotion HD+ IPS LCD
ScreenGorilla Glass 2Gorilla Glass 2Gorilla Glass
Internal storage16GB16/32GB32GB
External storageNonemicroSDXC to 64GBNone
Rear Camera8 MP, AF, LED Flash, f/2.08MP, AF, LED Flash8.7MP, AF, LED flash, OIS f/2.0
Front-facing Camera2.1MP, Ultra-Wide Angle1.9MP1.3MP
Video Capture1080p
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960
CPU1.5GHz, dual-core
GPUAdreno 225
Wi-FiDual-band 802.11 a/b/g/nDual-band 802.11 a/g/b/n802.11 a/b/g/n
OSWindows Phone 8
Final Score131611

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