Windows Phone 8S by HTC arrives: Lumia 820 killer?
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is the company’s secondWindows Phone 8 handset launching today, the more affordable version to the top-of-the-range 8X. The Lumia 820 to the 8X’s 920, if you will.
But how does it stack up? Find out in our hands on.
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is lower specced than the 8X in almost every way. There’s a 4-inch 480×800 screen, 5-megapixel camera with no front-facer, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage (though it does support micro SD cards, unlike the 8X), and a dual-core processor. It has the same Beats audio software, but without the digital amplifiers of the 8X.
The two-tone colour scheme keeps things bright, and it feels sturdy and well built. It’s quite similar to the HTC Legend and One V.
The verdict? It’s solid, but again, I can’t see why you’d go for it over the Lumia 820, with its swappable covers and Nokia-made software. But then a lot will come down to price.
Like the 8X, it’ll be on sale in early November, only in a 3G version. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything about a 4G option. The US is getting them, so we don’t see why we should miss out.