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Handsets lined up for Windows Phone 8 launch

Microsoft will have the stage to itself today as it launches the latest iteration of its new mobile OS, Windows Phone 8 as Google has been forced to cancel its launch of the a new tablet in New York as Hurricane Sandy threatened New York.

Among the handsets being launched alongside Windows Phone 8 is Samsung’s new Ativ S (Ativ being Vita or “life” in Latin). The Ativ S sports a “hairline” design and a whopping 4.8-inch HD Super Amoled screen. Visually speaking, the Ativ S is a very close cousin the Samsung’s Android equivalent the Galaxy S III (although a tad thicker).

Windows Phone 8 handsets

Also in the starting blocks for the event in California, due to start at 6pm GMT, is the HTC 8X and 8S. These phones have taken inspiration from the Lumia (see below) in looks. The 8X sports a 4.3-inch HD display with a pixel density of 341ppi. It also boasts the same image-processing chip and camera lens as the company’s Android-powered One X.

The HTC 8S is a more midrange affair with a 4-inch WVGA screen and a 5-megapixel camera with BSI sensor.

Lastly, we can expect to see the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 making an appearance on stage. The 920 headline feature is in its PureView technology, which uses optical image stabilisation (OIS) in the phone’s “floating lens” technology. It also boasts wireless charging and a 2,000mAh battery.

The Nokia 820 is the midrange device from the Finnish company and boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) display. It also supports wireless charging.

Microsoft will launch the OS and showcase the phones at San Francisco event at 6pm tonight. Nokia and HTC will start shipping phones in early November


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