HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 10, 2013

Is the HTC Windows Phone 8S a smarter mobile phone than the HTC Windows Phone 8X? Is the 4.0-inch display on the Windows Phone 8S better than the Windows Phone 8X’s? Which one has access to the most apps? How does the Windows Phone 8X’s 10.1mm-thick build compare? Find out which phone is the best below.

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HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it.

HTC Windows Phone 8S VS HTC Windows Phone 8X
Display 4.0-inch S-LCD 4.3-inch S-LCD2
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(341.628 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 2.1MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR 3.1 with A2DP/EDR
Size 63.0 x 120.5 x 10.3mm 66.2 x 132.4 x 10.1mm
Weight 113g 130g
Talktime TBC TBC
Standby TBC TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage and Beats Audio

 

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X fight plays out…

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The Windows Phone 8S boasts 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR. Looking for 4G? There isn’t any in this phone. The Windows Phone 8X packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. And 4G? Yes, that’s in there too.
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (0-1)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Size/Weight

As for size and weight, let’s look at the numbers. The Windows Phone 8S and the Windows Phone 8X measure 120.5 x 63.0 x 10.3mm and 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1mm respectively. The Windows Phone 8X is the thinner of the two. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the HTC Windows Phone 8S weighs 113g, while the Windows Phone 8X is 130g.
— The Windows Phone 8S wins (1-1)

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HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Camera/Video

The Windows Phone 8S’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. It has a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Windows Phone 8X is an improvement on the Windows Phone 8S’s lens and also includes autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. A second 2.1MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (1-2)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Display

The Windows Phone 8S incorporates a touch-sensitive S-LCD display, 4.0 inches in size and with a resolution of 480 x 800. With its 4.0-inch display and overall pixel count of 384000, the Windows Phone 8S has a pixels per inch rating of 233.25.

XXXX pointy arrow The HTC Windows Phone 8S features a 4.0-inch S-LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.25.

Windows Phone 8X’s touch-sensitive S-LCD2 display is roomier at 4.3 inches. The pixel density of 341.628 here beats the 233.25 rating given to the Windows Phone 8S.
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (1-3)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Processor

Next up is processing power – the Windows Phone 8S boasts a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The Windows Phone 8X, meanwhile, has a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chip, rated at 1.5GHz.
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (1-4)

Half-time: HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X

After five rounds, the Windows Phone 8X leads by 4-1. Can the Windows Phone 8S fight back? The next round is software…

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (2-5)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (3-6)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-7)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Windows Phone 8S and the Windows Phone 8X share the points (5-8)

HTC Windows Phone 8S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Extras

Finally, the Windows Phone 8S also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Windows Phone 8X features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage and Beats Audio.

— The Windows Phone 8X wins (5-9)

BPF Verdict: The HTC Windows Phone 8X wins! (5-9)

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