Difference between HTC Windows 8X and Sony Xperia SP

Key Difference: The HTC Windows 8X sports a 4.3- inch S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen that provides a pixel density of 342ppi. The screen is protected using gorilla glass 2, which makes it pretty durable and less prone to scratches. The phone is pretty slick and slim, weighing only 130 grams with the battery. Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor.

HTC originally made many phones with Windows OS, before shifting its products to Android for drawing in more customers and profits. Recently, HTC has put focus on helping Windows boost its product range with the new HTC Windows 8X and the 8S phones. The phones are set to give direct competition to the Androids and the iPhones. The company has set out to prove that Windows can be just as stylish and productive as the other phones in the market. HTC has incorporated some of its best technologies on the Windows 8X. The phone was released in November 2012 and has been proven a success with many people.

The HTC Windows 8X sports a 4.3- inch S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen that provides a pixel density of 342ppi. The screen is protected using gorilla glass 2, which makes it pretty durable and less prone to scratches. The screen itself has an excellent resolution and provides more ppi than the iPhone, giving the users a crisp, clear and sharp display screen. The phone is pretty slick and slim, weighing only 130 grams with the battery. The phone is encased in a polycarbonate chassis that is also durable and does not scratch easy. The matte finish on the back provides a firmer grip on the phone. The power/lock key is located on the top of the phone, while the tray with pin release hole, a volume rocker, and a camera button is placed on the right side of the device. The left side is bare and the bottom holds the charging socket and the primary mic. The buttons are said to be a little too flush, making it difficult to locate them on the screen by touch and even harder to press them.

Under the hood, the device is powered by 1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm processor. It offers the Windows 8 OS, with the live tiles that are customizable based on the user’s preferences. The device offers 1 GB RAM and an internal storage capacity of 16 GB. This is one of the downfalls of the phone, as the 16 GB (minus the space required for internal software) is all the user gets for storage, as the device does not support SD cards. The device supports 2G and 3G networks in all areas of the world, while 4G is only available in certain countries such as the US.

The device houses an 8 MP rear camera for taking pictures and a 2.1 MP front camera for video calls. The rear camera comes with autofocus, BSI sensor and LED Flash, while the front camera has unlta-wide angle for allow more details to fit in the picture. The Ultra-wide angle is one of the newest features that is being offered in very few phones. Similar to other HTC phones the device comes with Beats Audio enhancement to make listening to movies and audio an unbelievable experience. In addition to Beats Audio, the device also comes with a built-in amp. The device has a non-removable 1800 mAh battery, a little less than the other phones available on the market. The major downfall with a Windows phone for many people is the lack of apps. However, the number of apps available in the Windows Store is growing slowly and should not be a problem for a long time.

Sony announced the launch of its most anticipated smart phone the Xperia Z in January. In March, it also announced its revamped cell phone line up. In addition to the high and mighty Z, the company has also announced the launch of the mid-range cell phone Xperia SP. The SP model combines features from the Sony’s 2012 models S and P as well retains some features from flagship.

The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. The phone is available with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with no word on if it is upgradeable to the 4.2 version. The phone has 8 GB worth of internal space, of which only 5.8 GB is available to the users; however, fret not Sony also offers a SD card slot that is expandable up to 32 GB.

For all the camera shutterbugs, the SP houses the 8MP Exmor RS camera that gives brilliant and sharp images in low-lighting, back-lighting and snaps shots with low noise. The camera also has features such as Superior Auto that uses Scene Recognition to automatically adjust the photo setting. Additionally, it also offers 16x digital zoom, autofocus and pulsed LED flash. One of the old features that have been revamped is the notification light from the Xperia P. The notification light has been added as a see through strip on the bottom of the handset. The notification light is customizable and the user can add different lights to different callers. The lights also changes pulse rate during songs. The notification light is visible on the both sides of the phone, making it easier to determine the caller through the light when the phone is placed faced down. The phone also offers aluminum power button the right panel and has also brought back the physical camera button. However, the phone isn’t able to record HDR video. Sony has not yet announced the prices and the launch dates for the phone.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from HTC website, guardian.co.uk, Sony Mobile website and GSMArena.com.

 

HTC Windows 8X

Sony Xperia SP

Launch Date

November 2012

Q2 of 2013

Company

HTC

Sony Mobile

Size

132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm

Display

4.3-inches S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Gorilla Glass 2

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass

Weight

130 grams

155 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - for AT&T

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

LTE availability depends on the market.

GUI

Windows Phone 8 UI

Sony unified UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Krait

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core

GPU

Adreno 225

Adreno 320

OS

Windows Phone 8

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon

RAM

1 GB

1GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

Expandable Memory

No

Expandable up to 32 GB

Sensors

G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Connectivity

3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC capable, Bluetooth® 3.1, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, USB tethering, USB charging and USB High speed

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL (LTE only for AT&T version)

HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

8MP 3264 x 2448 pixels rear camera

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

Secondary Camera

2.1 MP front camera

VGA

Video

[email protected]

[email protected] HD video recording, video stabilization

Camera Features

  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Ultra-wide-angle front camera
  • F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip
  • Auto focus
  • LED flash
  • BSI sensor
  • Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection
  • HDR for picture
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Flash - pulsed LED and photo light
  • Image stabilization
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

Beats Audio

Built-in amp

xLoud Experience, 3D surround sound, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

Audio supported formats

.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .asf, .wma (verison 9 and 10)

MP3, AVI, 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG-TS, SMF, WAV, Ogg vorbis, FLAC

Video supported formats

.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, m4v, asf, .wmv (version 9 and 10)

3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-ion Polymer 1800 mAh

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

Talktime

No official data released

18 hours and 53 mins

Standby Time

No official data released

734 hours

Available Colors

California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, Limelight Yellow

Black, White and Red

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5

HTML

Radio

No

FM Radio with RDS

GPS

Internal GPS antenna with GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

No

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Live Tiles
  • 25 GB of Dropbox space for two years
  • SNS integration
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Glove mode
  • Light effects
  • Transparent / Aluminum frame
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • TV launcher
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Pre-loaded applications
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration

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