Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has lengthy been largely the only territory of Nokia, however now it has managed to persuade HTC to return to the fold with a revamped model of the HTC One M8. Previously operating Android, the HTC One M8 For Windows does what it says on the tin, and comes loaded with Microsoft’s software program. Does it train the now-Microsoft owned Lumia 930 a factor or two? Let’s take a look.
HTC One M8 For Windows
Screen: H inch Super LCD3 1080×1920 pixels at 441 ppi
Material: Machined aluminum
Colors: Gunmetal Grey (in all probability extra coming)
Weight: one hundred sixty grams
Dimensions: 146.A x 70.S x N.A mm
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB quad-core Krait four hundred at P.3GHz, Adreno 330 GPU
OS: Windows Phone H.1.1
Storage: 32GB, microSD as much as 128GB
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer
Battery: P,600mAh non-detachable
Cameras: A Megapixel rear digital camera with twin-tone twin-LED flash, Depth sensor, 1/A” sensor measurement, 1080p video, H Megapixel entrance digital camera
Connectivity: 3G, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth A.zero
Screen: H inch AMOLED with ClearBlack 1080×1920 pixels at 441 ppi
Material: Composite aluminium and polycarbonate
Colors: Orange, Green, White, Black
Weight: 167 grams
Dimensions: 137 x seventy one x N.H mm
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 quad-core Krait four hundred at P.2GHz, Adreno 330 GPU
OS: Windows Phone H.1
Storage: 32 GB
Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Cameras: 20 Megapixel PureView rear digital camera, Carl Zeiss lens, twin-LED flash,optical stabilisation, 1/P.H” sensor measurement, 1080p video, 1.P Megapixel entrance digital camera
Connectivity: 3G, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth A.zero
Design & Build
Market tendencies are humorous issues, and simply these days one such development seems to contain metallic, particularly aluminium, which is quick turning into the should-have materials for top-finish smartphones. The HTC One M8 For Windows absolutely embraces the metallic revolution and the entire handset is fabricated from rigorously machined aluminium with a brushed texture. Meanwhile, the Lumia 930 sports activities an aluminium encompass with a matte end, however the rear panel is excessive-grade matte polycarbonate.
The two handsets are very totally different visually. HTC has gone for a particularly elegant and extremely contoured form, with tapered edges, rounded corners, a curved again, and the corporate’s now-signature “capped” design to both finish of the system. This distinctive function additionally homes a pair of entrance-dealing with audio system. The construct high quality is extraordinarily excessive with no flex or give to talk of within the bodywork, whereas the metallic end is opulent to deal with, if a bit slippery. Currently the HTC One M8 For Windows is simply obtainable in Gunmetal Grey, however because it’s based mostly on the One M8 (Android) which got here in a variety of metallic tones it's attainable extra color decisions will come later - HTC appears somewhat keen on this apply.
Conversely, Microsoft (Nokia) has gone down its normal blockier route, which is nothing if not visually putting. Particularly together with its choice of loud color choices, which embrace luminous orange and inexperienced, or extra conservative black or white. The telephone is a bit of thicker than many different flagships however this appears to be deliberate as the edges have been given flat design which could be very straightforward to grip. Again, construct high quality is prime notch as we’ve come to anticipate from Nokia. This is a premium-grade telephone and feels as such within the hand.
It’s value mentioning that neither handset has adopted current developments of waterproofing they usually’re each sealed unibody designs with out detachable battery cells. While metallic builds are proving common it needs to be stated that though it gives a premium really feel it may be missing in sturdiness. HTC’s system is probably extra vulnerable to wreck, being totally tender aluminium, whereas the Lumia 930’s composite design mixes the perfect of each worlds.
Both handsets function the identical measurement of touchscreen at H-inches, however the strategy to show know-how is sort of totally different.
The Lumia 930 packs an AMOLED display utilizing Nokia’s ClearBlack know-how. AMOLED’s are sometimes color wealthy with nice distinction, plus deep blacks and darkish tones. However, add ClearBlack to the combination and you've got an much more spectacular show with wonderful usability in a variety of circumstances, together with brilliant daylight.
HTC has opted for its typical most popular display tech: Super LCD. This is a SLCD3 show and hues are good and vibrant whereas brightness and white purity are each nice. It fares properly on distinction however isn't fairly up there with the Lumia 930 as blacks will seem comparatively greyish. It additionally doesn’t do as properly in sunny circumstances, though this efficiency is cheap.
Both telephones have full HD 1080p resolutions with excessive 440ppi pixel densities, so all the things is properly sharp and clear.
Processor, Storage & RAM
There are a couple of variations within the processor know-how aboard every handset, however on the entire most customers are unlikely to see or really feel a lot distinction in operation, notably contemplating Windows Phone H.1 is so nicely-optimised. There’s loads of energy from each the Lumia 930’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and the HTC One M8 For Windows’ Snapdragon 801. Both have the identical Krait four hundred structure, GPUs and 2GB of RAM, and there’s hardly any distinction within the clockspeed (100MHz).
On storage, each have the identical single choice of 32GB internally, which is respectable sufficient for telephones at this finish of the market. The HTC One M8 For Windows has a bonus for multimedia followers although, as you should use microSD playing cards as much as 128GB in capability - that’s numerous movies, movies, footage, or music!
Connectivity & Battery
Naturally being excessive-finish fashions every gadget is extra-or-much less absolutely outfitted by present requirements with boat-load of connectivity choices. This consists of full twin-band Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and 3G (HSPA+), Bluetooth A.zero, NFC, DLNA and microUSB. The HTC additionally options an infrared blaster in the event you fancy controlling your TV out of your telephone.
On the battery entrance the HTC has an honest setup with a P,600mAh cell, however the Lumia 930 manages phenomenal efficiency from a decrease rated P,420 unit. Admittedly we haven’t examined the HTC but, however the Lumia delivered a number of the greatest battery life in video testing we’ve seen at KYM - 70% cost remaining after a P.forty five hour movie on full brightness.
HTC has tried some unconventional digital camera know-how within the One M8 For Windows and whereas the outcomes are respectable it's completely outgunned by Nokia’s PureView know-how. The Lumia 930 makes use of the identical 20MP PureView sensor discovered within the Lumia 1520 and the outcomes are staggeringly good. It is definitely the most effective digital camera telephones available on the market, second solely to the 41MP Lumia 1020.
Unquestionably, the HTC One M8 design and spec stays a competetive and extremely interesting handset, and that is no much less the case now that it carries Windows Phone. However, I do not assume it is fairly stolen Nokia's crown, because the Lumia 930 nonetheless has a couple of tips up its sleeve which make it very troublesome to topple - specifically the superb battery life, implausible display and unrivalled digital camera.