Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 4, 2013

Is the Samsung Ativ S a classier phone than the HTC Windows Phone 8X? Does the 4.8-inch screen on the Ativ S, trump the Windows Phone 8X’s display? Can the Windows Phone 8X take stunning photographs? Shoot HD Video? Read on to find the answers to these questions…

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Samsung Ativ S 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. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Ativ S VS HTC Windows Phone 8X
Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.3-inch S-LCD 2
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(341.628 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16 or 32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 2.1MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP/EDR
Size 70.5 x 137.2 x 8.7mm 66.2 x 132.4 x 10.1mm
Weight 135g 130g
Talktime 15.0 hours TBC
Standby 218 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage and Beats Audio

 

Samsung Ativ S 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 Samsung Ativ S vs. HTC Windows Phone 8X fight plays out…

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

The Ativ S is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA chipset, along with NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G in this phone, however. The Windows Phone 8X, meanwhile, boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR. 4G networking is also supported. See that mobile data go whoosh!
— The Windows Phone 8X wins (0-1)

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

How big do you like your phones? The Windows Phone 8X is slightly fatter than the Ativ S with dimensions of 10.1mm versus 8.7mm. The Ativ S is broader, measuring 70.5mm to the Windows Phone 8X’s 66.2mm. Neither the Ativ S or the Windows Phone 8X is unwieldy, however. The former weighs 135g; the latter weighs a mere 130g. There’s only 5g difference.
— The Ativ S wins (1-1)

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

Samsung has opted for an 8.0 Megapixel camera in its phone, which boasts autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. It supports a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. There’s also a front-facing 1.9MP camera for video calls.

The two phones match each other for megapixels – the Windows Phone 8X also packs an 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 2.1MP.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-2)

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

Headlining the Samsung Ativ S is a 4.8-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The screen has 921600 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 306.042 pixels per inch – number.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Ativ S features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 306.042.

The 4.3-inch touch-sensitive S-LCD 2 screen on the Windows Phone 8X is smaller. The 720 by 1280 resolution matches the Ativ S. The pixel density of 341.628 here beats the 306.042 rating given to the Ativ S.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-3)

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

— It’s a tie, one point each (4-4)

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

With five rounds gone, the Ativ S and the Windows Phone 8X both have 4 points each. With five rounds still to go, this fight could go either way…

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

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

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

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

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

And storage? Glad you asked. With the Samsung Ativ S, you can choose between 16 or 32GB storage options. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is only available in a 16GB version. Plug a 32GB memory card into the 32GB Ativ S’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 64GB. HTC didn’t build an expansion slot into the Windows Phone 8X, so 16GB is all the storage you get.
— The Ativ S wins (7-6)

Samsung Ativ S 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 Ativ S and the Windows Phone 8X share the points (8-7)

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

Finally, the Ativ S also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the Windows Phone 8X features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, 7GB of free SkyDrive storage and Beats Audio support.

— It’s a tie! (9-8)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Ativ S wins! (9-8)

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