Since we’ve been seeing a lot of leaks in the past week or two regarding Windows Phone 8 devices, we’ve decided to gather up the rumors, leaks and releases and give you a full picture of what’s been announced, leaked and rumored.
First, let’s start with Nokia. The two rumored devices from Nokia are the Lumia 920 with Pureview and the Lumia 820 with Pureview, obviously, these are going to be moving along the lines of their predecessors, the Lumia 900 and 800 in terms of device size, features and performance. The addition of the Pureview branding acknowledges a trickle down from Nokia’s 808 Pureview which was a test case phone that featured a 41 megapixel sensor with down sampling for improved image quality. The 808 Pureview, however, ran on Nokia’s Symbian operating system unlike the Lumia series of phones which feature Microsoft Windows Phone.
Looking at the Lumia 920, we are seeing from Evleaks’ Twitter that it will be even bigger than its predecessor, the 900. The 920 is rumored to be a 4.5" phone instead of 4.3" like the Lumia 900. In addition to that, it looks like the 920 will be getting an upgraded camera sensor from the 900 with the Pureview branding addition. Hopefully, Nokia has not simply stamped these two phones with the Pureview naming just to get people excited about camera software without any hardware improvements. They’ve also expanded the colors that their flagship phones will be offered in. On Nokia’s site right now they show a Pink, Black, White and Cyan while the actual spec page just shows cyan and black. Now, the Lumia 920 is being shown in Red, Yellow and Silver. Based upon this, we can only assume that the more exciting colors will once again be limited editions or have limited availability post launch.
Taking a look at the Lumia 820, though, is a different story since it appears to have a visibly bigger camera sensor and is shown as coming in many more colors than the 920. In the picture, the 820 is detailed as a 4.3" screen phone coming in Red, Yellow, White, Black, Grey, Cyan and Purple colors. No details have emerged whether these displays will be 720P nor whether they will be LCD or OLED displays. So, at this phase, we’re mostly looking at some pretty cloudy, but beautiful looking rumors. We also expect the Lumia 920 and 820 to feature camera buttons as their predecessors did, there appear to be visible camera buttons in the pictures as well. Not to mention, this is a required feature of Windows Phone set by Microsoft.
Moving onto HTC, we see that HTC’s new phone codenamed Accord. This leak comes to us from yet another Russian Twitter member with a purple version of the HTC Accord. He claims that there is a possibility that the marketing name for the HTC Accord could be the 720P LCD display, 8MP camera and NFC. Also, he states that it will have MicroSD card support which means that Microsoft is supporting external media with Windows Phone 8 and manufacturers are making use of it. What is interesting is that HTC has mostly done away with SD cards in their flagship Android devices, however, they’re introducing them in their Windows Phone 8 devices. There is also a rumor that HTC will be building in Beats Audio into the phones for improved audio quality, which should further improve the profile of their devices.
Moving onto the third and final Windows Phone manufacturer, Samsung. Samsung has actually gone out and openly announced their Windows Phone 8 device called the ATIV S. This ATIV line of product branding is also present in their newly announced Windows 8 tablet and Windows 8 convertible laptop. The ATIV branding is simply a series of devices for Windows 8. Now, the ATIV S has some pretty impressive specifications. First, it will feature a 4.8" Super AMOLED display running at a 720P resolution (1280×720). Second, it will follow the rest of the Windows Phone manufacturers in also sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chips running at 1.5GHz. The expectation is that all devices running Windows Phone 8 will all be running Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 dual-core processors. This also enables built-in LTE and long battery life while connected to 4G LTE.
Getting back to the specs, the ATIV S will also feature a massive 2300 mAh battery which should help in powering that gigantic 4.8" display. However, since the display is SAMOLED (super AMOLED) the screen should not have much of an impact on battery life, which means that this phone should have some pretty stellar battery life, especially when you consider how great Windows Phone battery life is already. Another awesome trend that Samsung appears to be following is that their phones will also sport 16GB (possibly a 32GB option) of built-in storage in addition to having an SD card slot that supports MicroSD, MicroSDHC, and MicroSDXC meaning that you could fit up to 64GB of additional memory into your phone simply by popping a memory card into your phone. The ATIV S will also sport an 8 megapixel camera that captures video at 1080P (as expected) and will have an upgraded 1.9 megapixel front facing camera for improved video chatting quality. Samsung, like HTC, also has a native camera button on their phone to enable for high quality photography. The ATIV S will also feature NFC, indicating that most Windows Phone 8 devices are likely to ship with NFC as a standard feature rather than an added one.
So, what can we expect from the upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices across the board? Fast LTE and HSPA+ support, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors, with about 16GB of internal memory as well as memory card slots (possibly not Nokia?) as well as high resolution larger displays with NFC built-in as well. Most of these devices are expected to launch close to the time that Windows 8 for desktops and tablets, which is the end of October. By November it is likely that most of these devices should be launched if not already available.