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All three of these phones will be running the latest from Windows Phone mobile OS, and all three are expected to be released before the end of the year. These three phones are similar in many ways, in fact, some of their hardware is even identical. If you’re set to get a handset running Windows Phone 8, these are the top three contenders this year. Even if you’re a critic, any one of these phones will win you over, and prove that the Windows mobile OS is a solid contender against the iOS and Android giants.

HTC Windows Phone 8X: although announced simultaneously with the 8S, the 8X is much unlike it’s counterpart. While the 8S is going to be marketed as a mid-range phone, with a similar price bracket, the 8X is packed with features and will go up against the likes of the iPhone 5, in both price and specs. With perks including a 2.1MP front-facing camera, Beats Audio sound enhancement, and coming in a broad range of refreshing colors, the HTC will likely be an all around crowd pleaser in the mobile market. Although many are familiar with HTC’s Android powered phones, they will be pleasantly surprised by it’s presentation of Windows Phone 8.

Nokia Lumia 920: The latest edition to it’s long line of Windows Phone handsets, the 920 promises to be the best yet. Nokia’s Lumia series has won over many critics, delivering the Windows mobile OS at it’s best, and presenting consumers with an alternative to iOS and Android. At the ready with it’s super fast 4G connectivity, PureMotion HD+ display, and it’s bold color options, the Lumia 920 continues it’s legacy of solid Windows OS smartphones.

Samsung Ativ S: Samsung is easily one of the biggest names in both the smartphone and tablet industry right now, and with the Ativ S, they are proving they can make a Windows phone in the same caliber as all their other best selling devices. The Ativ S will be the first Windows device available from Samsung, coming along with specs similar to their ever popular Galaxy S3 model. With a vibrant 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display, expandable memory, and a generous Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery, the Ativ S will prove to be a powerful smartphone despite fierce competition in it’s price point.

Nokia Lumia 920 HTC Windows Phone 8X Samsung Ativ S
Display IPS TFT 4.5″ S-LCD2 4.3″ Super AMOLED 4.8″
Internal Storage 32GB 16GB Up to 32GB +
RAM 1GB 1GB 1GB
CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz Dual-core 1.5 GHz Dual-core 1.5 GHz
GPU Adreno 225 Adreno 225 Adreno 225
Radio No No Stereo FM
Rear Camera 8MP, 1080p video 8MP, 1080p video 8MP, 1080p video
Front Camera 1.3MP 2.1MP, 1080p video 1.9 MP
Size 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 132.4 x 66.2 x 10.1 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7
Weight 185 g 130 g 135 g

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