As the official release of the Windows Phone 8 OS is drawing closer, the tech world is witnessing the unveilings of the first wave of Windows powered smartphones.
Already, the Finnish handset vendor Nokia unwrapped its recent flagship smartphone – Lumia 920 alongside Lumia 820. At the same time, HTC unveiled the Windows Phone 8 based 8X and 8S on Wednesday in New York to give a stiff competition to Nokia's second generation Lumia handsets and Samsung Ativ S.
Dimensions & Weight: With a dimension of 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and weight of around 112 grams, the iPhone 5 is slightly on the thinner and lighter side as compared to the 8X measuring 132.35 x 66.2 x 10.12 mm in dimension and weighing in at 130 grams.
Display: When it comes to the display, iPhone 5 packs a 4 inch LED-backlit IPS capacitive touchscreen Retina display with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution while 8X houses a larger 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 HD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Further, both the displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
Processor: In this segment, the iPhone 5 is equipped with a new Apple A6 chipset while the 8X has a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
Operating System: The main distinguishing feature between the two smartphones is the operating system, as the iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6 while the 8X runs on Windows Phone 8.
Talking about the new features, iOS 6, the latest version of the Apple’s mobile OS is loaded with 200 new features including Apple Maps, improved Siri, new Safari browser, iCloud cloud storage, deeper integration to Facebook, new PassBook app, PhotoStream app and more.
In comparison, when it comes to the upcoming Windows Phone 8, the platform has enhancedfeatures like dynamic Live Tile Information, social network integration in the People hub, Skydrive and Office 365 documents synchronization, Facebook-events integrated calendar, visual voicemail, threaded email conversations support and many more.
Camera: Both the smartphones have an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection.
Further, iPhone 5 has a iSight camera which includes features like backside illumination, HDR, panorama support and faster aperture speed.
When it comes to the front camera, iPhone 5 has a 1.3MP camera while 8X has a better 2.1MP camera.
Storage: On the storage front, iPhone 5 comes in three configurations – 16GB/32GB/64GB and 1GB RAM. On the other hand, 8X has 16 GB internal memory and 512MB RAM.
However, both the handsets lack a micro SD card slot for expandable memory support.
Connectivity: When it comes to data connectivity, iPhone 5 has features like DC-HSDPA 42Mbps, HSDPA 21Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Plus Cellular, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP and micro USB 2.0.
In comparison, 8X also has NFC, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n features. It also comes integrated with the Beats Audio feature.
Battery: While iPhone 5 is claimed to have a Li-ion battery delivering 225 hours standby and 8 hours talk time, HTC 8X is loaded with a 1,800 mAh Li-Po battery.
While the HTC 8X and Apple iPhone 5 has unique software features that are restricted to their own operating systems, however the Beats Audio integration in the HTC handset is an added advantage.
When it comes to features, HTC surely it has the capability to defeat the Apple offering with its added features including NFC, Beats Audio, better front camera and a larger screen display.
Moreover, the Taiwanese tech giant offers the handset in a range of vivid color options including red, yellow, black and blue while the iPhone 5 comes only in black and white color variants.
While the iPhone 5 is released on Friday in some market, we will have to wait for the HTC 8X to be released to get some expert feedback on the same.