World’s First Widows Phone 8 Smartphones Head-To-Head: Nokia Lumia 920 Vs Samsung ATIV S


06.09.2012

World’s First Widows Phone 8 Smartphones Head-To-Head: Nokia Lumia 920 Vs Samsung ATIV S

Samsung introduced ATIV S at Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during IFA Berlin 2012. Nokia Lumia 920 was brought by Stephen Elop on the sage of the Nokia World event, yesterday, in New York. Another important figure for the IT&C world jumped on the stage to assist Elop, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer.

Both Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung ATIV S will be important players of the Windows Phone 8 market, maybe the most important ones, unless HTC surprises us with a  quad-core WP8 terminal.

Let’s cut the chitchat and have a look at the hardware component that bring life to these two smartphones that run on the latest operating system developed by Microsoft.

Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display with 1,280 x 768 pixels resolution, while being underpinned by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The first Nokia Windows Phone 8 smartphone features 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage (no microSD card slot) and has an Adreno 225 GPU.

Lumia 920 features 3G, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack, GPS, 8.7 megapixel primary camera and 1 megapixel front-facing camera. The terminal gets the power from a 2,000 mAh battery, while being 10.7 mm thick and weighing in 185 grams.

On the other hand Samsung ATIV S boasts a huge 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 1,280 x 768 pixels and a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset helped by an Adreno 225 GPU. The Windows Phone 8-powered Samsung smartphone has 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, expandable using a microSD card.

In terms of connectivity, Samsung ATIV S sports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack and GPS. The smartphone also comes with an 8 megapixel camera mounted on the back, while the user-facing sensor has 1.3 megapixels.

Samsung’s gadget weighs in 135 grams, has a waist of only 8.7 mm and is kept alive by a 2,300 mAh battery.

Talking about the design, Nokia Lumia 920 got its money on the lines introduced by N9, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. I could say it brings nothing new, except that now it’s bigger. Just look at its weight and profile, and see how big the difference between the two smartphones is. I have a feeling that this tile Nokia Lumia 920 will be criticized for its Pantagruelian dimensions. That’s just too much for a 4.5-inch smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with its 5.5-inch display weighs in 180 grams while packing a 3,100 mAh battery. Even Samsung ATIV S manages to stay skinny: only 8.7 mm while integrating 2,300 mAh battery, bigger than Lumia 900′s.

Anyway the Nokia Lumia 920 has the ace up the sleeve: the 8.7 megapixel camera with PureView technology. Samsung probably chose the same camera sensor introduced by Samsung Galaxy S3, and, to be honest, it does a pretty good job. Anyway the cameras can only be compared while in action, thus there’s no point in concluding based on this characteristic.

My opinion is that Nokia failed to impress us again. Samsung ATIV S might get some good reviews and I’ve seen a lot of positive reactions on Twitter and Facebook. Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphones are yet too young, but over the next couple of days we might actually see what’s everybody else’s thoughts about Lumia 920 and Lumia 820.

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