Spec showdown: HTC One M8 for Windows vs. Nokia Lumia 1520 vs. Nokia Lumia Icon

These three flagship Windows Phones are well matched when it comes to design and features -- which one comes out on top for you?

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The newest Windows Phone on the scene is the HTC One M8. Sarah Tew/CNET

It's been two years since HTC made a Windows Phone, but now the company is back with the best phone it has to offer, the flagship HTC One M8. This time, the phone is running Windows Phone 8.1, but still includes well-known HTC features, including Blinkfeed.

This high-end device sports the same aluminum chassis you'll find on the Android One M8, the same dual camera lens on the back, and the same powerful specs under the hood. The only difference is the the phone is running the Windows Phone OS instead of Android.

HTC is coming back to a market that's been dominated by Nokia for the last several years. The HTC One M8 Windows Phone is going to have compete with the high-end Lumias, such as the Icon and 1520. All three phones are around the same size (though the 1520 is more phablet than phone) and they all sport high-end processors, cameras, and other hardware features.

If you're in the market for a Windows Phone, the HTC One M8, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520 are all great choices. It really comes down to which carrier you have, and which extra features are important you. Check out the chart below to see how the three phone's specs compare, and shout out in the comments which phone fits the bill for you.

HTC One Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1520 Nokia Lumia Icon
Size 5.8 x 2.7 x 0.37 inches; 5.6 oz. 6.4 x 3.4 x 0.34 inches; 7.4 oz. 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches; 5.9 oz.
Screen 5.1 inches, 1,920x1,080 pixels; 431ppi 6 inches, 1,920x1,080 pixels; 367ppi 5 inches, 1,920x1,080 pixels; 441ppi
OS Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8, Update 3 Windows Phone 8, Update 3
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4 4 4
Rear camera and recording 4-"Ultrapixel"; 1080p HD video 20-megapixel; 1080p HD video 20-megapixel; 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 5-megapixel; 1080p HD 1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video 1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
Battery Embedded 2,600mAh Embedded 3,400mAh Embedded 2,420mAh
Capacity 32GB 32GB or 64GB 32GB
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes No
Notable extras Dual cameras, Boom sound technology Wireless charging Wireless charging
Carriers Verizon AT&T Verizon
Color choices Grey White, black, yellow and red Black and white

About the author

Sarah Mitroff is a CNET associate editor who reviews Android software and mobile hardware. In the past, she's also written about consumer tech, startups, and business news for Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat.

 

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