Windows Phone 8 handsets Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC Windows Phone 8S are going to fight for mid range smart-phones in the days to come
Microsoftâ€™s Windows Phone 8 is in the center of discussion today. With the firmware is set for sooner release, lots of handsets have just been announced for it. Nokia, along with a premium model, unveiled a mid-range model called the Lumia 820. In reply, HTC launched an average handset the HTC Windows Phone 8S along with its flagship model the Windows Phone 8X, which is to premier the firmware. Here we go for a comparison between the budget WP 8 handsets.
Form Factor and Display: Nokiaâ€™s midrange Windows Phone 8 phone is to come with a 4.3-inch AMOLED capacitive display. It will showcase a screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels at 217ppi. Nokia has deployed its advanced ClearBlack technology to make the screen clearly viewable even in direct sunlight. The handset has the dimensions of 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm and it weighs at 160 grams.
Meanwhile, HTCâ€™s Windows Phone 8S is to advance with a rather small 4-inch Super LCD display with WVGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixels at 233ppi. The device has the dimensions of 120.5 x 63 x 10.3mm and weight of just 113 grams. Well, it wins over the 820 in weight, but slightly fails to it when it comes to the body slimness.
Processor and other Innards: Lumia 820 is to draw its power from a dual core 1.5GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon CPU, which is the same setup inside its elder sibling the Lumia 920. It will get more strength from Adreno 225 graphical processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The handset also sports a microSD slot for 32GB of memory expansion.
HTCâ€™s Windows Phone 8S features a dual core 1GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, Adreno 225, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. MicroSD slot will let you upgrade the memory up to 32GB.
Firmware and Connectivity
Both the handsets are customized for Windows Phone 8, which is about to go official. The new Windows Phone 8 is to show off many attractive features like new enterprise package, better voice speech recognition, a great Metro-style interface with Live Tiles and more.
Going by connectivity aspects, both the midrange handsets have nice options for you. The Lumia 820 is to tout GPRS, EDGE, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.1, NFC and MicroUSB slot. The HTC handset is not that much wealthy in connectivity features. It has GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and MicroUSB slot, however.
Camera and Battery: The lower end WP 8 Lumia phone sports an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, F2.2 and dual LED flash. It can capture video at 1080p@30fps. The device has a VGA camera for making video calls. The HTC handset, on contrast, comes with a 5MP rear camera that can only record video at 720p. There is also an unspecified front camera for video chatting.
The Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery of Lumia 820 provides the device 330 hours of standby and up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G. The HTC phone is announced to get a bit more powerful Li-Ion 1700 mAh battery. But, there are no details about the deviceâ€™s battery life longevity.
Price and Availability: Both Nokia and HTC havenâ€™t revealed the price and exact release date of their handsets. The Lumia 820 and HTC 8S will hit the stores sometime early November. Well, these devices will be among the first line of handsets to go with WP 8. Of course, other firms like Huawei and ZTE may produce similar budget handsets in rivalry to the Nokia and HTC phone by then.