Difference between Nokia Lumia 928 and HTC Windows 8X

Key Difference: Nokia has recently announced a new phone to its line-up; the Lumia 928. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive screen with broad back bezel. The phone is quite bulky and heavy, compared to other newer smartphones that are focusing on getting thinner and lighter. 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.

Nokia has recently announced a new phone to its line-up; the Lumia 928. This phone is considered as the flagship phone for Verizon (a US telecommunications company) but it is also available in an unlocked version. In terms of hardware, the phone is very similar to Nokia’s flagship 920 but has added on extra features and tweaks that can go either way. Although, the phone has been modified, there are no revisions to the Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 928 does not share the physical characteristics of the 920. It is in a bar from that has a slight bulge on the back that makes the phone comfortable to hold. Another small curve can be found on the bottom on which speaker grille is strategically placed that keeps volume from getting muffled when placed flat on the back. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive screen with broad back bezel. The phone is quite bulky and heavy, compared to other newer smartphones that are focusing on getting thinner and lighter.

The Nokia phones are known for the bright interactive colors, which are no longer an option in this model. The phone is available only in two options: matte black and glossy white. This is believed to be because it is a Verizon exclusive phone. The phone comes with the basic structure of the Nokia phones with the volume rocker, power button and a dedicated camera key on the right edge. The power button is very similar to volume rocker only slightly smaller, making it difficult to find it without looking. The volume rocker is also a little to access and hit during mid-call. The left side of the device is bare, while the top hosts a center-mounted Micro USB port, a pull-out SIM tray and a 3.5mm jack. The back stands out with a bigger Xenon flash and the camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with ~334 ppi pixel density and boasts excellent sunlight readability. The AMOLED screen is better for side viewing angles and sunlight visibility. The phone does have excellent resolution and the images are sharp, crisp and clear. The screen can also be configured for ‘high touch sensitivity’ known as ‘glove mode’. The phone also has amazing speakers but almost all reviewers said that when talking on the phone, the voice on the other end sounded hollow and unrealistic. The loud speaker also lacks bass and depth. However, the noise cancellation on the phone works exceptionally.

The phone is powered by 1.5 GHz Krait Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, making it fast. The phone does not lag or even slow down. As it is a windows phone obviously it is powered by the Windows Phone 8 OS. The Android vs. Windows Phone debate is always the same. Though, the OS is great, Android does have more apps to offer and is also more customizable. The phones offers 1 GB RAM and has 32 GB internal memory. For users looking to add more than 32GB of data will run out of luck, as it does not offer adding extra memory.

The device houses an 8.7 MP PureView rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera. The rear camera comes with the Carl Zeiss optics for sharper images. It also comes with the typical autofocus, image stabilization, flash etc. However, Nokia does proud itself for its low-light image technology and rightfully so. The low-light images are quite sharp and does not blur. In addition to that, the company also offers xenon flash that is bright and powerful. The xenon flash can only be used as flash and cannot be left lit, so the company has also added a secondary flash for videos and flashlight purposes. The camera does have slow shutter speed, which requires people to hold the camera still for long periods of time to avoid motion blur.

The device houses a non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV 4-NW) that boasts good power. The Verge could run the battery for approximately 27 hours, while Tech Hive got only 6.5 hours out of it. The power of the battery depends on running applications, usage and many other different factors. In all, the phone is okay but does not come close to its 920 cousin.

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.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Nokia website, theverge.com, HTC Website and GSMArena.com.

 

Nokia Lumia 928

HTC Windows 8X

Launch Date

May 2013

November 2012

Company

Nokia

HTC

Size

133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm

132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm

Display

4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.3-inches S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen

Screen

768 x 1280 pixels (~334 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

720 x 1280 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

162 grams

130 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - for AT&T

4G Network

LTE 700 MHz Class 13 / 1700 / 2100

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

GUI

Windows Phone UI

Windows Phone 8 UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Krait Dual-core

1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Krait

GPU

Adreno 225

Adreno 225

OS

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

RAM

1 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

32 GB

16 GB

Expandable Memory

N/A

No

Sensors

Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer

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

Connectivity

NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding,2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, USB and Bluetooth

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

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB

Speed

EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps; HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

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

WLAN

WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v3.0 Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1

Bluetooth v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

USB

microUSB 2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

8.7 MP PureView 3264 x 2448 Pixels

8MP 3264 x 2448 pixels rear camera

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, [email protected]

2.1 MP front camera

Video

[email protected], video stabilization, stereo sound rec.

[email protected]

Camera Features

  • Auto focus with two-stage capture key
  • Carl Zeiss Tessar lens
  • 4x digital zoom
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • Xenon flash
  • 1/3.2'' sensor size
  • 1.4 µm pixel size
  • Geo-tagging
  • Panorama
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Ultra-wide-angle front camera
  • F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip
  • Auto focus
  • LED flash
  • BSI sensor

Sound Enhancement

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Beats Audio

Built-in amp

Audio supported formats

ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

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

Video supported formats

MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV

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

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV 4-NW)

Non-removable Li-ion Polymer 1800 mAh

Talktime

2G: 11.8 hours

3G: 13 hours

No official data released

Standby Time

2G: 606 hours

3G: 513 hours

No official data released

Available Colors

Black, White

California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red, Limelight Yellow

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

N/A

No

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Internal GPS antenna with GLONASS

Java

N/A

No

Additional Features

  • Wireless Charging
  • PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
  • Brightness control
  • Orientation sensor
  • High brightness mode
  • Sunlight readability enhancements
  • Video light, Video zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Continuous autofocus
  • SNS integration
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Mac companion app
  • Windows 8 companion app
  • 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

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, htc.com

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