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  • HTC 8X vs Nokia Lumia 920 - Brothers from different mothers!

    In June this year, Microsoft just upped the ante with the announcement of windows phone 8. Since then, a lot of windows phone lovers and enthusiasts had been waiting for a line up of new windows phone 8 handsets.
    This September, was a delight for all of them as all the major manufacturers joined the windows phone 8 bandwagon and announced their range of handsets for Microsoft's mobile OS.

    Hands down, the two hottest phones for the platform right now are the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X. Don't be shocked if you are unable to spot the difference in the physical appearance of both the flagship smartphones at the first look! Let the initial shock settle down , and then you'll begin to notice the little differences that exist between the two.

    The Lumia 920 has a slightly larger 4.5-inch pure motion HD+ display as compared to the HTC 8X's 4.3-inch super LCD 2 display. The resolution on both the screens is almost the same, with the 8X having a slight advantage with 342 pixels per inch as compared to Lumia's 332 ppi. Theoretically, the 8X's screen should be a bit more crisp, but both the phones have quite high pixel density nonetheless.

    Coming to what could be the major deciding factor between the two, the Camera, the 8X boasts of a 8-megapixel shooter that includes HTC's image chip, that's been seen on it's previous One X and One S smartphones. The image quality is very high with virtually zero shutter lag. The lumia 920 on the other hand has a 8.7 megapixel camera with Nokia's pure view technology with optical image stabilization. However, the practical performance needs to be seen.

    The front facing camera however is a one sided battle with the 8X's 2.1 megapixel camera having a clear advantage over the Lumia 920's 1 megapixel.
    Comparing Bluetooth connectivity on the phones, HTC seems to have missed a trick by giving the 8X the old Bluetooth 2.1 while Lumia has Bluetooth 3.1.

    With both the phones having the same 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, they seem to be running neck to neck on performance.

    The Lumia 920 has gained another big advantage over the 8X in terms of it's 32GB of on-board memory, plus 7GB of free Microsoft skydrive storage. The 8X comes with 16 GB of inbulit storage. Both of them come with 1 GB of RAM. Though, both the phones don't have a microSD card slot, which is a big let down.

    The Lumia 920 has a 2000mAh battery which is slightly bigger than the 8X's 1800mAh battery while both of them are non-removable. The important factor here is the Lumia's bigger screen which means that the bigger battery might not necessarily translate to more running time.

    With the phones running so close in looks and performance, the pricing of both of these smartphones will be the major determining factor in their success. While the price of the phones in India isn't available, the online retailer Expansys has the HTC 8X up for pre-order at 399.99, while another retailer, has listed the Lumia 920 for 469.99.

    What will you choose if given a choice between the two? Do let us know!