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The budget-friendly HTC Windows Phone 8S

In addition to the high-end Windows Phone 8X device, HTC also announced its Windows Phone 8S handset at today’s New York press event. Targeted squarely at midrange consumers, the 8S will feature comparatively dialed-down components to HTC’s flagship WP8 handset. Even so, the device will run the same advanced operating system from Microsoft and sport a flashy Nokia Lumia-esque aesthetic. I was treated to a personal audience with the HTC Windows Phone 8S and admit I enjoyed the brief time I spent with the product.

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We can all agree that Microsoft’s Windows Phone hasn’t exactly taken the mobile world by storm. Nokia didn’t have much success with its Lumia 900 even with all the hype it invested in promoting the phone. Now HTC is the latest handset maker to commit to the Windows Phone 8 platform. Its new $199.99 Windows Phone 8X is expected to pack plenty of high-end parts and even sports a strikingly Lumia-style design, complete with multiple candy-coated colors. I was able to spend a few moments with the 8X ahead of HTC’s big press event in New York and was impressed with what I saw.

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Here are some comparisons of the three mentioned Windows 8 phones

Windows Phone 8X Samsung ATIV S Nokia Lumia 920
Pricing TBA TBA TBA
Known Dimensions 132.3 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7mm 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm
Weight 130 g 135 g 185 g
Screen size 4.3 inches 4.8 inches 4.5 inches
Screen resolution 1,280 x 720 (341 ppi) 1,280 x 720 (306ppi) 1,280 x 768 pixels (331ppi)
Screen type Super LCD 2 Super AMOLED HD PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD
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 cam 2.1MP, Ultra-Wide Angle 1.9MP 1.3MP
Video capture 1080p 1080p 1080p
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Radios GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 ; WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 ; HSDPA ; LTE (bands tba) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; HSPA+ 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900;HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100; LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 900 / 2100
Bluetooth v 2.1+EDR v3.0 v3.1
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8960
CPU 1.5GHz, dual-core 1.5GHz, dual-core 1.5GHz, dual-core
GPU Adreno 225 Adreno 225 Adreno 225
RAM 1GB 1GB 1GB
MHL No No TBA
WiFi Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-band 802.11 a/g/b/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Operating system Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8

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Video of the Lumia 920 taking pictures with very little light.

 

Here’ s the full press conference

Samsung ATIV S is a new smart phone for both work and entertainment, offering a premium Windows Phone 8 experience.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, August
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, Q4
BODY Dimensions 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 135 g
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 1.9 MP
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core Krait 1.5 GHz
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Gray
– SNS integration
– Document viewer/editor
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input

 

BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 2300 mAh
Stand-by
Talk time

The smartphone to match your life at work and play. Our unique design immediately sets you apart in a sea of smartphones with playful, brightly colored devices that look as if they’ve been dipped in a bucket of paint. Even better…enjoy a strong, long-lasting battery via the powerful dual-core performance.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Announced 2012, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, November
BODY Dimensions 120.5 x 63 x 10.3 mm
Weight 113 g
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Beats Audio sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary Yes
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue, High-Rise Gray
– MicroSIM card support only
– SNS integration
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1700 mAh
Stand-by No official data
Talk time No official data

8X features an ultra-wide-angle front camera lens that fits in every face in the group and the surrounding scenery. Share it all on the brilliant screen that is rich and vivid—even when viewed in bright sunlight.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, November
BODY Dimensions 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 mm
Weight 130 g
DISPLAY Type S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Beats Audio sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA; HSUPA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light
Secondary Yes, 2.1MP, 1080p video
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, Limelight Yellow
– MicroSIM card support only
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1800 mAh
Stand-by No official data
Talk time No official data

The world’s most innovative smartphones.

Unique camera technology, exclusive Live Tiles and design features. Powered by Windows Phone 8.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 2100/ 900
Announced 2012, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, Q4
BODY Dimensions 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, 83.5 cc
Weight 160 g
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, F2.2, dual LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Violet
– Wireless charging
– MicroSIM card support only
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS integration
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh (BP-5T)
Stand-by Up to 330 h (2G) / Up to 330 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)
Music play Up to 55 h

The world’s most innovative smartphones.

Unique camera technology, exclusive Live Tiles and design features. Powered by Windows Phone 8.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 900 / 2100
Announced 2012, September
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, Q4
BODY Dimensions 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm, 99 cc
Weight 185 g
DISPLAY Type IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~332 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– PureMotion HD+ display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features PureView technology, geo-tagging
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 1.3MP
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White
– Wireless charging
– MicroSIM card support only
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 2000 mAh
Stand-by Up to 400 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 17 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)
Music play Up to 67 h