Microsoft has just recently revealed its newest phone operating system the Windows Phone Apollo or Windows Phone 8. The new mobile OS is designed to catch up with the established platforms of iOS and Android.
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October 29, 2012 was the date Windows 8 was launched in San Francisco. Nokia, Samsung, and HTC have also released their handset models running on the new mobile OS platform. Huawei was also granted permission by Microsoft to incorporate their OS in their [rumoured] slightly budget smartphone possible named Ascend W1.
At the moment only Nokia, Samsung, Huawei, and HTC have confirmed their team up with Microsoft. However, it has been rumoured that ZTE will also be releasing Windows Phone 8 mobiles in the upcoming year.
Samsung Ativ S is the first Samsung Windows Phone 8 handset unveiled by the company in Berlin during the IFA 2012. The phone is packed with a 1.5GHZ processor. The handset is quite similar to that of the Galaxy S3 appearance, but is a little bit longer in length. It has the physical Windows button on it and the capacitive back and search keys, common in all Windows 8 devices. The phone is slightly slimmer than the Galaxy S3 and has a Snapdragon S$ dual-core processor.
It sports 1G of Ram, 16 or 32GB of storage, with MicroSD memory expansion option. It also runs on a 2300 mAh battery. Although no official reviews have yet come out for the battery performance, it is expected to work splendid given that the phone runs on a dual-core processor. Among all other Windows Mobile Phone devices, it has the potential to have the best battery life. In addition, the Samsung Ativ S is the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device yet that also has the largest screen.
The handset comes in a big 4.8 inch AMOLED screen with a sharp display. Just like Galaxy S3, it also has an 8-megapixel camera plus a LED flash at the back and a 1.2-megapixel camera located in the front.
Nokia Lumia 920
Among the Windows Phone 8 line up of devices, Lumia 920 is the most feature-packed. The device is designed similarly to that of Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. The phone’s weight and size is pretty comparable with other phones in its line. It measures 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm with a weight of 185g. The weigh and size may not be a huge issue, since it is pretty easy to get accustomed to it. However, people with smaller palms may have real problems about it.
The physical keys located on the right side of the handset are easy to hit. The buttons follow the design of a typical smartphone that has the volume rocker switch at the top, power or lock button in the middle, and a camera button at the lower part near the base of the phone.
The phone’s bright display and HD resolution of 768 x 1280 is accounted to the 4.5-inch IPS TFT screen. The 2,000 mAh battery is housed inside the handset’s body. In addition, it does not provide the option for an expansion of to the 32GB internal storage. The only features you will be seeing at its back is the 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera and the dual LED flash.
Nokia Lumia 820
Lumia 820 comes in a very attractive design, offers quite a number of features, and costs less than Lumia 920. This funkier version of the Lumia 920 has a removal rear case that can be replaced with removable plastic back covers sporting different colours.
Apparently, the handset sports smaller dimensions of 124 x 69 x 10mm and is lighter than Lumia 920. It also comes in a 4.3 inch AMOLED screen. The colours and the smooth rounded dimensions of the phone help give it a real friendly look. The volume rocker, power or lock, and camera buttons are still located on the right side of the handset.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
The HTC 8X has dimensions of 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1mm. The entire front portion of the phone is used up mostly by the screen with an HD display at 720×1280. Next to the coloured earpiece located at the top of the screen is a front-facing wide-angled camera. At the bottom part are the back, search, and menu buttons.
The left hand side of the phone has no buttons, only a micro USB charging and syncing port. On the right hand side are the volume rocker switch and camera shutter button.
HTC Windows Phone 8S
The handset’s polycarbonate casing offer a rubbery and grippy feel. It has a 4 inch 720p screen and runs on a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It also supports 1GB of RAM and 4GB internal storage, and offers an option for 32GB memory expansion. Additionally, it supports Beats Audio and an HTC software