While not exactly premium phones, the HTC 8S and the Lumia 620 do offer decent specs for a mid range phone. Since both the phones carry the same OS we thought why not pit them against each other after seeing many of my friends in a flux trying to decide between the two.
While the HTC 8S is available for around Rs 18,000 (Flipkart has it for Rs 19,300 but that doesn’t mean it isn’t available for less anywhere else), the Nokia Lumia 620 is still unavailable in the country. However it is expected to be available in a week or two for an expected price of around Rs 16,000.
First up the HTC 8S, packs some neat specs. It comes with a 4.0 inch, 480 x 800 pixels SLCD display with Gorilla Glass protection. On the inside it features a 1 GHz dual core Snapdragon (Krait) processor with Adreno 305 graphics and 512 MB RAM. For storage there’s 4 GB inbuilt memory along with micro SD slot for expansion. There’s a 5 megapixel rear camera but the phone skips the front camera. To power the phone there’s a 1700 mAh battery. The entire package weighs 113g which is quite light.
Nokia Lumia 620 on the other hand has got some neat tricks of its own. It packs a 3.8 inch, 480 x 800 pixels TFT display. However you won’t find any Gorilla Glass protection on this one. The phone packs the same dual core Krait as the HTC 8S clocked at 1 GHz. On the storage front you get 8 GB inbuilt memory along with room for expansion via micro SD card. The phone houses a 5 MP rear camera along with a VGA front facing camera. The phone has got a 1300 mAh battery which is substantially smaller than the one found in the 8S. The phone also sports a NFC radio. The entire package weighs 127g which is again nothing heavy.
While the HTC 8S offers a bigger battery, a slightly bigger screen (4 inch vs 3.8 inch on the 620) and Gorilla Glass protection, that is pretty much it. The Lumia 620 on the other hand has a better camera (with F/2.4 aperture as opposed to F/2.8 on the HTC 8S), a secondary camera, higher inbuilt memory and NFC. Even on the software front the 620 seems to be a better deal with all the Nokia exclusive apps in the marketplace. The Lumia 620 also has something called ‘Dual shot’ color technique that allows users to add a second layer of transparent polycarbonate on the body to change the color. So unless Nokia prices the phone above the HTC 8S or the 1300 mAh is a deal breaker for you we suggest you go for the youngest member in the Nokia family.
According to the Lumia 620 review on Engadget, even though the Lumia 620 packs a smaller battery, it still manages to beat the HTC 8S as far as battery life is concerned.
The Nokia Lumia 620 has been priced for Rs 15,200 in India. That makes it much more cheaper and in turn a much more attractive option than the 8S.