HTC’s offers a thin, lightweight device with a matte back that gives good grip, Beats-enhanced audio and, according to the Taiwanese smartphone maker, the cameras on the 8X received special attention.
Both the front and rear cameras have F2.0 lenses, and HTC boasts about its dedicated ImageChip image signal processor every chance it gets. The 2.1 megapixel (MP) front-facing camera on HTC 8X sports a wide-angle lens, which the Taiwanese smartphone maker said is for fitting more into your self-shots.
While HTC’s challenge to Nokia in the smartphone camera space is not to be sneered at, the Finnish phone maker has not been idle when it comes to imaging technology.
|Specifications||Windows Phone 8X by HTC||Nokia Lumia 920|
|Dimensions||132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12mm||130.2 x 70.8 x 10.7mm|
|Operating system||Windows Phone 8||Windows Phone 8|
|Display||4.3″ 720p (720×1280) S-LCD2||4.5″ (768×1280) IPS|
|Rear camera||8MP||8.7MP “PureView”|
|Processor||1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4||1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4|
|Cellular data||HSPA 850/900/1900/2100||42Mbps HSPA+, pentaband LTE|
|SIM type||Micro SIM||Micro SIM|
The Nokia Lumia 920’s 8.7MP “PureView” camera offers spring-mounted floating lens technology. This lets optical image stabilisation take in 5 times more light than competing smartphones, while also compensating for hand movement, Nokia said.
Other hardware features offered by the Lumia 920 include built-in support for wireless charging and pentaband LTE.
According to the Nokia spec sheet, the device supports the 800, 900, 1800, 2100, and 2600MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) bands.
This bodes well for South African users, as Vodacom and MTN are both rolling out LTE networks on refarmed 1800MHz spectrum, while Cell C has announced plans to trial LTE on 2100MHz.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has also earmarked the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands for mobile broadband.
While both the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X are available on MTN and Vodacom, both manufacturers expect the other operators to also offer their devices. In particular, Nokia said that it expects Cell C to offer the devices by year-end.
The table below compares the pricing of the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X on Vodacom and MTN:
|Windows Phone 8 deals||Nokia Lumia 920 price||Windows Phone 8X price||Airtime||SMSes||Data|
|Nokia: Vodacom World||R7,799||N/A||0||0||0|
|Vodacom 4U: Vodacom World||R9,699||R7,129||0||0||0|
|Vodacom Smart Plans|
|Smart Light||R429||R329||75 off-peak||100.0||100MB|
|Smart Standard 229: Vodacom World||R459||R279||75 anytime, 20 More weekend||150||150MB (1GBx3 months for Lumia 920)|
|Smart Standard 229||R459||R369||75 anytime, 20 More weekend||150||150MB|
|Smart Standard||R589||R499||130 anytime, 60 More weekend||300||300MB|
|Vodacom voice contracts|
|Everyday Off-peak 120||R439||R349||120 off-peak||0||0|
|Talk 75s||R489||R399||75 anytime; 20 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 120s||R529||R429||120 anytime; 20 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 130||R539||R449||130 anytime; 20 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 200s||R689||R539||200 anytime; 60 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 240||R629||R539||240 anytime; 60 More weekend||0||0|
|Talk 350s||R779||R679||350 anytime; 60 More weekend||0||0|
|Vodacom Top-up contracts|
|Top Up 99 Vodacom 4 Less||R499||R399||R99||0||0|
|Top Up 135s||R369||R379||R135||0||0|