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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spec showdown: HTC One M8 for Windows vs. Nokia Lumia 1520 vs. Nokia Lumia Icon

It's been two years since HTC made a Windows Phone, but now the company is back with the best phone it has to offer, the flagship HTC One M8. This time, the phone is running Windows Phone 8.1, but still includes well-known HTC features, including Blinkfeed.
This high-end device sports the same aluminum chassis you'll find on the Android One M8, the same dual camera lens on the back, and the same powerful specs under the hood. The only difference is the the phone is running the Windows Phone OS instead of Android.
HTC is coming back to a market that's been dominated by Nokia for the last several years. The HTC One M8 Windows Phone is going to have compete with the high-end Lumias, such as the Icon and 1520. All three phones are around the same size (though the 1520 is more phablet than phone) and they all sport high-end processors, cameras, and other hardware features.
If you're in the market for a Windows Phone, the HTC One M8, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520 are all great choices. It really comes down to which carrier you have, and which extra features are important you. Check out the chart below to see how the three phone's specs compare, and shout out in the comments which phone fits the bill for you.
HTC One Windows PhoneNokia Lumia 1520Nokia Lumia Icon
Size5.8 x 2.7 x 0.37 inches; 5.6 oz.6.4 x 3.4 x 0.34 inches; 7.4 oz.5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches; 5.9 oz.
Screen5.1 inches, 1,920x1,080 pixels; 431ppi6 inches, 1,920x1,080 pixels; 367ppi5 inches, 1,920x1,080 pixels; 441ppi
OSWindows Phone 8.1Windows Phone 8, Update 3Windows Phone 8, Update 3
4G LTEYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
Bluetooth444
Rear camera and recording4-"Ultrapixel"; 1080p HD video20-megapixel; 1080p HD video20-megapixel; 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera5-megapixel; 1080p HD1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video
Processor2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 8012.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 8002.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
BatteryEmbedded 2,600mAhEmbedded 3,400mAhEmbedded 2,420mAh
Capacity32GB32GB or 64GB32GB
RAM2GB2GB2GB
Expandable storageYesYesNo
Notable extrasDual cameras, Boom sound technologyWireless chargingWireless charging
CarriersVerizonAT&TVerizon
Color choicesGreyWhite, black, yellow and redBlack and white
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