HTC launched two WP8 based smartphones 8X and 8S yesterday and tried to suggest that somehow 8X has become the hero device of Windows Phone 8 eco-system !!

“It will be a joint marketing campaign where our devices will be the signature devices, almost the face of Windows Phone 8 in the marketing collateral with Microsoft.

So, the comparison of 8X with two WP8 Lumias become inevitable. Why both, because if you have a look at the specs and extras that 8X has to offer, it frankly speaking doesn’t feel like a competition to Lumia 920. It has 4.3 inch HD screen but only 16 GB storage without microSD card slot. In terms of highlights it has “Beats audio” and a FFC which captures 1080P video, first time for a smartphone. But it doesn’t look like a match to amazing innovative features that Lumia 920 brings along with itself.

  • Puremotion HD+ display, first time a refresh rate of more than 60 Hz.
  • Super sensitive touch which is workable even with gloves on, nails, cloth and what not.
  • PureView Camera with OIS and amazing low-light performance
  • Wireless Charging
  • Rich-recording
  • Dolby Surround sound

Lumia 920 looks too power-packed for a comparison with 8X. So, HTC still has to get the “Hero” device it seems 🙂

Now coming to comparison with Lumia 820. These two devices look evenly matched and just have a look at where one of them has got upper hand on the other and where are they matched.

Lumia 820 over HTC 8X:

  • Wireless charging
  • MicroSD slot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 8 MP Carl-Zeiss lens
  • CBD display with great outdoor visibility

HTC 8X over Lumia 820:

  • Screen resolution of 1280 x 720 with 342 PPI
  • FFC, 2.0 MP and 1080p video capture

Where both are evenly matched:

  • Beats Audio vs Dolby Surround sound
  • Screen size
  • 1.5 GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB RAM

Just pondering, if Nokia could have packed Lumia 820 with a CBD AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution, it could have changed the game completely. Now it matches or rather overodoes HTC’s WP8 flagship in many ways. With a HD display, it was an out and out killer device if Nokia keeps its price mid-range as has been expected :).

We know a variant of Lumia 820, Lumia 822 is coming to Verizon. Hope it packs a HD screen, because if it does that then tough times are ahead for Lumia’s competition. If, not Nokia must consider bringing a Lumia 820 variant with HD display.