Samsung ATIV S and HTC Windows Phone 8S : A Comparison

Windows Phone 8 has been officially announced and various companies have come forward with the latest mobile OS. Samsung and HTC are among them and they have came out with Samsung ATIV S and HTC Windows Phone 8S. Read on to know the complete review and know the pros and cons of the devices, based on Windows Phone 8.

Samsung and HTC are the two most popular smart phone manufacturers worldwide that give each other a very tough competition. With the Windows Phone 8 in limelight, both the companies have launched their best Windows Phone 8 OS base smart phones viz. HTC Windows Phone 8S and Samsung Ativ S.
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This article will compare both the two phones exhaustively to tell you the best between them. So here we go:

Processor and Memory

First, let's talk about Samsung Ativ S. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset which houses a processor of 1500 MHz which is a dual core krait processor. The device also has a separate GPU i.e. Adreno 225. This powerful processor is perfectly complemented by a 1 GB DDR2 RAM.

As far as HTC Windows Phone 8 S is concerned, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 plus MSM8627 chipset, which is comparable to Samsung Ativ S. However, the processor this time is only 1000MHz, which is slow as compared to the Samsung Ativ S but is still powerful otherwise as it is also a dual core krait processor. It also has a separate GPU, which is Adreno 305, which is surprisingly better than the Samsung Ativ S. The downside here is that the HTS Windows Phone 8 S only has 512 MB of RAM, which is not ample to complement such a powerful processor.

As already mentioned the Samsung Ativ S has a 1 GB of RAM whereas the HTC Windows Phone 8 S has only 512 MB of RAM. As far as internal storage is considered, Samsung Ativ S leads with a whopping 16 GB of internal storage space as compared to only 4 GB in case of HTC Windows Phone 8 S. Both the devices support expansion up to 32 GB using micro SD cards. So once again the Samsung Ativ S wins this category.

Both the phones will be running on the latest Operating System by Microsoft i.e. Windows Phone 8. So one can expect the latest software features in both the phones, courtesy Microsoft. Both the phones have an edge here with the latest and the most awaited OS in them.

Display and Design Features

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As far as Samsung Ativ S is concerned, it exhibits an incredible 4.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, which is HD with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels and pixel density of 306 PPI. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass as well to keep it scratch free always. The HTC Windows Phone 8S on the other hand has a 4 inches Super LCD capacitive touch screen with a pixel resolution of 480 X 800 pixels and a pixel density of 233 PPI. It is also safeguarded by the Gorilla Glass display.

So here, clearly, Samsung Ativ S is a sure short winner with its amazing screen with HD display as compared to a lower resolution display of HTC Windows Phone 8S. Samsung Ativ S has the dimensions that go as 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm and it weighs 135 grams. HTC Windows Phone 8S on the other hand has the dimensions of 120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm and it weighs 113 grams. Both the phones do not have much difference in the dimensions and their respective weights; but HTC Windows Phone 8S is slightly compact, lighter, and steals the show here.

Camera and Connectivity Options

There is a whole lot of difference in the cameras of the two devices. Let the Samsung Ativ S go first. The device has a very clear 8 MP camera with auto focus and LED flash. The plus point here is that the camera is capable of recording videos at full HD i.e. 1920 X 1080 pixels (1080 p). The phone also has a 1.9 MP front facing camera to make video calls on a 3G network.
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The HTC Windows Phone 8S on the other hand has a very disappointing 5 MP camera only. Where almost all the new phone today, have at least an 8 MP camera, a 5 MP camera feels a little lower on the quality. The camera is equipped with auto focus and LED flash here also. But the camera can record videos at a maximum resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels (720 p) only which is not at par with the Samsung Ativ S. Also there is no option for a front facing camera for supporting video calls. Therefore, with very huge advantages, Samsung Ativ S leads the way here undoubtedly.

The Samsung Ativ S has Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, micro USB, NFC, A-GPS with GLONASS and supports both 2G and 3G networks. The HTC Windows Phone 8S on the other hand has Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, A-GPS with GLONASS, Micro USB and supports both 2G and 3G networks.
If you want to use HTC Windows Phone 8 S, you need to convert your current SIM into a micro SIM by cutting it whereas there is no such problem with Samsung Ativ S.

Battery Backup and Other Features

The Samsung Ativ S comes equipped with a very powerful 2300 mAh standard Li ion battery, which gives you a long on time. The HTC Windows Phone 8S on the other hand has only a 1700 mAh Li polymer battery which is still powerful but stands nowhere near the Samsung Ativ S.

There is not much noticeable difference in the audio features and the audio quality of both the phones. The Samsung Ativ S has all the required sensors including Accelerometer, Gyroscopic Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor and digital Compass whereas the HTC Windows Phone 8 S on the other hand has only an Accelerometer, a Light Sensor and a Proximity Sensor.

So, there is not much difference here too, although Samsung Ativ S has better features as compared to the HTC Windows Phone 8 S but not much of an advantage here. Therefore, it would have to be considered as a draw here.


The expected price for Samsung Ativ S is expected to be around 30,000 INR, which places it in the list of some of the costly phones in the tech markets. The HTC Windows Phone 8 S is also supposed to be priced around the same i.e. 25,000 to 30,000 INR.

Wrap up

When both the phones will be priced almost similarly, it is very difficult to say which one will be better. But Samsung Ativ S is definitely better than HTC Windows Phone 8S in all respects provided that they are priced similarly. If you need a very powerful phone and you do not care much about the panache factor in the phone, you must definitely go with the Samsung Ativ S.

On the other hand if you are more concerned about the glam factor and will be satisfied even if the phone lacks some extra ordinary features, then the HTC Windows Phone 8 S should be so your choice.

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