Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 is a brand new OS for mobile devices brought to market very recently by Microsoft. Microsoft has been the most successful company in computer world for its Windows OS. But for mobile devices the company is yet to establish it somewhere close to that. Well, Nokia, the Finnish mobile and smartphone manufacturer has shown confidence in Windows Phone platform and so far has brought plenty of handsets under ‘Lumia’ brand. This time again, Nokia announced Lumia 920, Lumia 820 for the global market based on WP8. For US carrier T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless some other WP8 smartphones are releasing but these are not for the global market.

Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8

HTC, a highly successful Android smartphone manufacturer has also moved to Windows Phone 8 OS. HTC 8X is already awarded as the signature device for Windows Phone 8. Therefore, we can easily understand HTC has done a fabulous job in this platform. HTC 8S, a mid range Windows Phone 8 smartphone is coming soon as well.

Samsung, the leading smartphone manufacturer and arguably the best Android driven smartphone vendor has also announced ATIV S WP8 smartphone. Samsung is trying to balance Android and Windows Phone OS platform. We can expect more to follow from their house.

Huawei, a China based vendor already announced Huawei W1, the first WP8 smartphone from the company. Huawei is one of the promising smartphone vendors of recent times. Each time a Huawei smartphone pops up one thing they make sure pretty well is affordability. Possibly, Huawei W1 is the cheapest WP8 smartphone announced so far.

Well, in this post Let’s take a quick look at the highlighting features of above mentioned 6 Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Windows Phone 8 OS and dual core Snapdragon S4 are common features of all these handsets. The post may help you understanding the current trend in this all new platform. Let’s start with Nokia Lumia 920-

6 Brand New Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

1. Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920

It’s the best WP8 handset announced so far. Lumia 920 sports 4.5 inch IPS LCD PureMotion HD+ display with impressive 720×1280 pixels resolution at 326 ppi. It sports Nokia patented 8 MP PureView camera that shoots excellent low light images. Zoom up to 8X without degrading picture quality. Full HD video recording is enhanced by Optical Image Stabilization technology. Powerful Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery is supplied with this handset.

Impressive Features of Nokia Lumia 920

  • PureMotion HD+ display
  • 8 MP PureView Camera
  • LTE/HSPA+ speed
  • NFC support
  • 32 GB storage
  • 2000 mAh battery

Drawbacks of Nokia Lumia 920

  • Too heavy, 185 gm of weight is too much
  • No micro SD card slot

2. Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 820
Nokia Lumia 820

It’s a mid range Windows Phone 8 smartphone that boasts 4.3 inch AMOLED display. It sports 8 MP camera powered by Carl Ziess optics and dual LED flash. Imaging technology is brilliant. It’s a LTE supported handset that can meet up to 100 Mbps DL and 50 Mbps UL.

Impressive Features of Nokia Lumia 820

  • AMOLED display
  • 8 MP camera with Carl Ziess lens, dual LED flash
  • 8 GB storage, micro SD card
  • LTE/HSPA+ speed
  • NFC connectivity
  • 1650 mAh battery

Drawbacks of Nokia Lumia 820

  • Low ppi display
  • Low on-board storage
  • Heavy design, 160 gm weight

3. HTC 8X


It’s the signature device of Windows Phone 8. Best part of the handset is 8 MP BSI camera that takes impressive images. Low light capturing is simply brilliant. It comes straight after Lumia 920 in terms of features. Super-LCD 2 4.3 inch display with 720×1280 pixels HD resolution at 342 ppi needs to introduction. Beats Audio sound enhancement is used in this handset. Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery is supplied with this handset.

Impressive Features of HTC 8X

  • 4.3 inch HD display at 342 ppi
  • 8 MP camera with BSI sensor
  • 1800 mAh battery
  • Light weight design
  • NFC connectivity
  • Beats Audio Sound Enhancement

Drawbacks of HTC 8X

  • No micro SD card slot
  • No 32 GB storage model

4. HTC 8S


It’s a mid-range WP8 handset from Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. It features S-LCD 4 inch display with scratch resistant coating. Primary rear facing 5 MP camera is there with LED flash. Video recording is 720p HD. Micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB is there to meet extra memory requirements.

Impressive Features of HTC 8S

  • Affordable price tag
  • 4 inch S-LCD display
  • Light weight compact design
  • Beats Audio Sound Enhancement

Drawbacks of HTC 8S

  • Only 512 MB RAM is too few best processing speed
  • No front camera
  • On-board 4 GB storage required SDHC card support immediately

5. Samsung ATIV S

Samsung ATIV S
Samsung ATIV S

It’s a premium Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Samsung featuring 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution at 306 ppi. It comes with 16/32 GB on-board storage models and micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB. It connects to high-speed HSPA+ network for ultra-fast download. Rear facing 8 MP BSI sensor and front facing 1.9 MP camera is there as well.

Impressive Features of Samsung ATIV S

  • Iconic metallic design
  • Light weight compact design
  • 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display, HD resolution, 306 ppi
  • HSPA+ speed up to 42 Mbps
  • 8 MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front camera
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • NFC connectivity

Drawbacks of Samsung ATIV S

No drawback as of now

6. Huawei W1

Huawei W1
Huawei W1

Possible it’s the most affordable WP8 smartphone announced so far. It features 4.0 inch TFT Capacitive touch screen with WVGA resolution. Internal 4 GB storage can be increased up to 32 GB by inserting micro SD card. Rear facing 5 MP snapper is there with LED flash. Front camera is yet to be confirmed. Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery is supplied with this handset.

Impressive Features of Huawei W1

  • Affordability
  • 4 inch TFT Capacitive display
  • Micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP camera with HD 720p video recording

Drawbacks of Huawei W1

  • No HD resolution in display
  • 4 GB internal storage is too few
  • 512 MB RAM not enough for best performance

Bottom Line

Each of the above mentioned Windows Phone 8 handsets has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. We are yet to see how the OS performs in real world. In pen and paper it’s brilliant. One thing we can conclude without seeing the performance is apps. In comparison to Android or iOS Windows Phone app market has limited number of apps. Now if your device has poor hardware it may fail to run all apps available there. High end smartphones like Lumia 920, ATIV S or HTC 8X can run all apps with ease but HTC 8S or Huawei W1 may have considerably poor hardware to run HD applications. Before you buy any Windows Phone 8 smartphones consider everything for best user experience.

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