In late October Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8, a new OS for smartphones. The interface of WP8 closely resembles that of version 7.5, but under the hood the engine of Windows CE has been replaced with the kernel from Windows NT. Existing phones will not receive an update to WP8, but a new generation of smartphones is now appearing with the latest Windows version. Hardware.Info compared the flagship models from HTC and Nokia, the HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 920. Both feature a powerful dual-core processor, a unibody design, and a high-res display. We tested them to find out which one is best.
By using the same Windows 8 kernel that's used for desktops and laptops, it should be easier to port apps to Windows Phone 8. The new system also has improved support for modern hardware, including multi-core processors, higher resolutions than 800x400 and micro SD cards. There is support for NFC, and the kid's corner feature makes it easy to restrict access. Standard apps include Nokia maps and IE 10, and firmware updates can be installed over the air (OTA). If you want to find out more about Windows 8, you can read our review here.