Lumia 920 vs Galaxy S3: Nokia’s 800lb Gorilla Hammers S3

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There has been comparisons a-go-go between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3, but not many people have stood the Samsung flagship against the new 800 pound gorilla in the room – Nokia Lumia 920. We will.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Nokia Lumia 920

In form terms, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has that gob-smacking 4.8” screen, and the Lumia 920 isn’t too far behind at 4.5”. The S3 has to be a bit bigger than the Lumia 920 to make room for the screen so it’s 136.6mm compared to 130mm. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is thinner than the Lumia, though – 8.6mm to 10.7mm. There’s not much in it width-wise, at 70.8mm for the S3 and 70.6mm for the Lumia. The Lumia 920 is much heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S3, though, at 185g compared to 133g. However, the Nokia looks stunning, whereas the S3 has been slammed (which isn’t a good idea as the plastic just cracks) for its cheapo glossy image. The Lumia has it in the design category.

Processors-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos 4412 quad-core internationally whereas the US version is dual-core with a Snapdragon chip. Internationally it has 1GB of RAM and 2GB of RAM in the US. The Nokia Lumia 920 contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, and it’s the first dual-core device from Nokia. We have a tie here.

The Nokia Lumia 920 has a PureMotion HD+ display and the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Super AMOLED offering. The Lumia’s screen has ClearBlack tech which makes viewing in direct sunlight or bright light better. Its display is very sharp indeed, beating even the iPhone 5’s Retina display with its 440ppi. Clear winner – the Nokia Lumia 920.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 rear camera is 8MP which is slightly under the Lumia’s 8.7MP snapper. The Lumia 920 also has PureView which can film at 1,080p, just like the S3. The front camera on the Lumia is 1.3MP compared to the 1.9MP on the S3. A recent test by TheVerge showed that the Nokia Lumia 920 won out in low light conditions but in regular lighting it was hard to separate the two. It’s another win (just) for the Lumia.

Storage-wise the Nokia Lumia 920 stalls at 32GB with no SD card support. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has 16, 32 and 64GB versions with an additional 64GB available on SD. The winner is the S3.

Both phones have all the connectivity you’ve come to know and love, like 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, wireless charging, GPS and Wi-Fi. Another tie here.

Overall the Nokia Lumia 920 has scored more body blows than the Samsung Galaxy S3 on paper, but ultimately the OS will decide – WP8 or Android. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is out and about on all major networks, and the Nokia Lumia 920 is expected for November, although some are expecting it out on the same day as WP8 – October 26.

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