Windows Phone 8 smartphone round-up

Windows Phone 8 smartphone round-up

Summary: Here is the first wave of Windows Phone 8 smartphones, from Microsoft's launch partners Nokia, Samsung and HTC.

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  • Samsung ATIV S

    ProductSamsung ATIV S
    Announced29 August 2012
    AvailabilityUK: O2, Phones 4U
    PriceTBA
    2G networksGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
    2.5GGPRS, EDGE
    3G networksHSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
    3.xGHSPA+
    4G networks
    SIM typeMini-SIM
    Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)70.5 x 8.7 x 137.2
    Weight (g)135
    Screen typemulti-touch Super AMOLED touchscreen
    Screen size (in.)4.8
    Screen resolution (pixels)1280 x 720
    Pixel density (ppi)306
    CPUQualcomm Snapdragon S4 (dual-core, 1.5GHz)
    GPUAdreno 225
    RAM (GB)1
    Internal storage (GB)16, 32
    Storage expansionMicroSD
    Cloud storageSkyDrive (7GB)
    Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n
    Bluetooth3.0
    NFCyes
    GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
    FM radio
    Rear camera resolution (Mpixels)8
    Front camera resolution (Mpixels)1.9
    Camera featuresautofocus, LED flash (rear camera)
    PortsMicro-USB, audio out
    Security featureson-device encryption
    Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity, compass, ambient light, gyroscope
    Battery capacity (mAh)2300
    Removable battery
    Talk time (3G, h)
    Standby time (3G, h)
    Special featuresSamsung Family Story, Samsung ChatOn
    Accessories
  • Windows Phone 8X by HTC

    ProductWindows Phone 8X by HTC
    Announced19 September 2012
    AvailabilityUK: EE, O2, Three, Vodafone, Phones 4U, Carphone Warehouse. US: AT&T
    PriceTBA
    2G networksGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
    2.5GGPRS, EDGE
    3G networksHSPA, WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
    3.xG
    4G networks
    SIM typeMicro-SIM
    Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)66.2 x 10.12 x 132.35
    Weight (g)130
    Screen typemulti-touch Super LCD 2 touchscreen
    Screen size (in.)4.3
    Screen resolution (pixels)1280 x 720
    Pixel density (ppi)342
    CPUQualcomm Snapdragon S4 (dual-core, 1.5GHz)
    GPUAdreno 225
    RAM (GB)1
    Internal storage (GB)16
    Storage expansion
    Cloud storageSkyDrive (7GB)
    Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n
    Bluetooth3.1
    NFCyes
    GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
    FM radiono
    Rear camera resolution (Mpixels)8
    Front camera resolution (Mpixels)2.1
    Camera featuresautofocus, LED flash, BSI sensor
    PortsMicro-USB, audio out
    Security features
    Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity, compass, ambient light
    Battery capacity (mAh)1800
    Removable batteryno
    Talk time (3G, h)
    Standby time (3G, h)
    Special featuresBeats Audio, 1080p front camera recording
    Accessories
  • Windows Phone 8S by HTC

    ProductWindows Phone 8S by HTC
    Announced19 September 2012
    AvailabilityUK: EE, O2, Three, Vodafone, Phones 4U, Carphone Warehouse
    PriceTBA
    2G networksGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
    2.5GGPRS, EDGE
    3G networksHSPA, WCDMA 900, 2100
    3.xG
    4G networks
    SIM typeMicro-SIM
    Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)63 x 10.28 x 120.5
    Weight (g)113
    Screen typemulti-touch Super LCD touchscreen
    Screen size (in.)4
    Screen resolution (pixels)480 x 800
    Pixel density (ppi)233
    CPUQualcomm Snapdragon S4 (dual-core, 1.5GHz)
    GPUAdreno 225
    RAM (GB)0.5
    Internal storage (GB)4
    Storage expansionMicroSD
    Cloud storageSkyDrive (7GB)
    Wi-Fi802.11b/g/n
    Bluetooth3.1
    NFCno
    GPSA-GPS, GLONASS
    FM radiono
    Rear camera resolution (Mpixels)5
    Front camera resolution (Mpixels)
    Camera featuresautofocus, LED flash
    PortsMicro-USB, audio out
    Security features
    Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity, ambient light
    Battery capacity (mAh)1700
    Removable battery
    Talk time (3G, h)
    Standby time (3G, h)
    Special featuresBeats Audio
    Accessories
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  • Decisions are hard

    With the Lumia 920 do I want the camera with currently the best camera (yes it trashes the iPhone) It also has Nokia turn by turn, wireless charging and I can use it with gloves. It's also the heaviest and widest, so uncomfortable for people with small hands. Does a big screen beat the pixel density of the HTC?

    Samsung offers top of the line Android hardware with Win 8 installed. Frankly I think it looks a little cheap and nasty and a little too much like an Android or iPhone. Really don't like that metallic edge. Otherwise it's on a par with the others.

    The HTC is the thinnest and the smallest with with a smaller 4.3" screen but the highest pixel density but only 16GB and no microSD slot.

    I have 4 WP7 HTC Mozarts for my business and they've given no trouble and my partner prefers a phone that fits her smaller hand. I don't have a music collection, nor do I watch movies on my phone so my need for storage is low (still haven't filled up the Mozarts) and SkyDrive is always there anyway. Wireless charging sounds nice, but there's no guarantee the Qi model will become standard and placing it on a pillow means little difference to me than plugging it in. I don't really need to wear gloves (Aussie).

    As for screen size, the 4.5 may be better for my failing eyes, but the pixel density of the 4.3 is also attractive.

    I think I'm going for the HTC 8x. I prefer the design and form factor and it will fit in my pocket a little easier (without the chunky, strange cases the Apple aficionados seem to believe are required) The 16G is more than adequate and I don't need expansion.

    Of course your requirements may be different, so it's fantastic to be able to have a choice ;-)
    Tony_McS
    • ZDNET !@#$%^@#$% posting software

      I meant the phone with the best camera.

      Really WTB editing here.
      Tony_McS
  • Meh!

    There all pretty bland if ya ask me. About the only one I would even consider is the Samsung but even it is to small. Call me when ASUS puts WP8 on there Padfone2. Now that's a real device!!!
    Rod-Iron