Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X & Lumia 920: Is S3 Still King?

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Nokia has been falling behind in the race for a few years now, so we’re wondering if the Windows Phone can cut it against the quad-cores these days. Nokia World 2012 saw the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 920, which is born from a collaboration between Nokia and Microsoft. It may be Nokia’s last stand, because if the phone helps to make the Windows Phone OS popular, then they’re back in the game. If it flops, so do the Finns.

The Nokia Lumia 920’s biggest threats right now are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X; the iPhone 5 will soon be strutting its stuff, but let’s leave it out for now since we have no idea what its specs are.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X vs Nokia Lumia 920

Processor: The Lumia 920 has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chip, as Nokia, being typically Nordic, believes that you can have too many cores, and that they sap battery unnecessarily. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has gone all out with an Exynos 4412 1.4GHz quad-core chip, with the HTC sporting a quad-core 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3.
In the US, though, all three phones have the same Snapdragon S4 chip, so real-world power works out pretty much the same.

Camera: Camera are where Nokia often excels, with Carl Zeiss lenses featuring. In the Lumia 920, Nokia has installed its PureView tech, placed on top of a pedestrian 8MP camera, with a 1.3MP front sensor. There’s loads of frills, like plug-in camera apps and image stabilisation to prevent blur. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X have 8MP rear cameras, as well as burst mode. The S3 has a handy 1.9MP front camera, which nudges ahead of the HTC’s 1.3MP.

Screen: All three phones are around the same size – big. The Lumia is 4.5”, the HTC 4.7” and the Samsung Galaxy S3, as we all know, is 4.8”. These are good looking screens, with the HTC One X winning in terms of PPI with 316, compared to the S3’s 306. The Lumia 920 has Nokia PureMotion HD+ which is claimed to be better than HD. It does look good, but failed to wow like the first sight of the S3’s Super AMOLED HD.

Storage: The Lumia 920 has 32GB of internal storage and has access to Microsoft’s cloud, SkyDrive. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, as well as microSD support for up to 64GB. HTC has just 32GB, but users get 50GB Dropbox storage. Google users can also get onto Google Drive – the company’s cloud system.

Connectivity: The trio have every type of connectivity you could ask for: Wi-Fi, 3G/HSDPA, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth (although the Lumia has Bluetooth 3.1 and the other two have 4.0).

Battery: The Nokia Lumia 920 isn’t quite out yet, so we’ll have to wait to review it, but with only two cores and a 2,00mAh battery, it should be a decent do. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a lot of life-extending tech, and so the removable 2,100mAh battery brought a lot more to the party than the fixed 2,000mAh battery in the HTC One X.

Bottom line: So, before its release we can’t say too much, as the Lumia will be out in the US later this year. However, this phone seems to be following the path of the WP7 Lumia phones with a couple of extra bells and whistles but doesn’t really bring anything game changing to the superphone party. Our early verdict would be that it won’t be able to steal any Samsung Galaxy S3 sales away and when the iPhone 5 comes around, it will be pushed further out.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.