Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Ultimate Windows Phone Championship

by Jerry D on March 3, 2013

Is the Samsung Ativ S a more advanced phone than the Nokia Lumia 920? Does the 4.8-inch screen on the Ativ S, outperform the Lumia 920’s display? What’s the processor like? How fast is it? How do the Lumia 920’s dimensions compare? Keep reading to discover the answers to these questions…

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Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Ativ S VS Nokia Lumia 920
Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16 or 32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 70.5 x 137.2 x 8.7mm 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7mm
Weight 135g 185g
Talktime 15.0 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 218 hours 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 fight plays out…

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Connectivity

The wireless talents of the Ativ S include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. There’s no 4G connectivity. The Lumia 920 packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. And 4G? Hell yeah, that’s in there too.
— The Lumia 920 wins (0-1)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Size/Weight

This round is all about being thin… The Ativ S and the Lumia 920 measure 137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7mm and 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm respectively. The Ativ S is the thinner of the two. Put the two phones on the scales and the Samsung Ativ S weighs 135g, while the Lumia 920 is a surprisingly hefty 185g.
— The Ativ S wins (1-1)

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Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Camera/Video

The Ativ S’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 1.9MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Nokia Lumia 920 matches its opponent with a 8.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, a dual LED flash, advanced Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-2)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Display

The Ativ S incorporates a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display, 4.8 inches in size and with a resolution of 720 x 1280. With its 4.8-inch display and overall pixel count of 921600, the Ativ S has a pixels per inch (PPI) rating of 306.042.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Ativ S features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 306.042.

Lumia 920′s touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD screen is smaller at 4.5 inches. With 983040 pixels on the 4.5-inch screen, the pixel density is a formidable 331.778 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-3)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (2-4)

Half-time: Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920

With five rounds gone, the Lumia 920 enjoys a decent 2 point lead over Samsung’s Windows Phone. But this fight’s not over. The Ativ S still has time to mount a comeback.

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (3-5)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (4-6)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Storage

Which phone can store the most data? The Samsung Ativ S is available in configurations that boast 16 or 32GB of built-in storage. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in a single 32GB model.  The Ativ S also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 64GB. The 32GB storage on the Lumia 920 can’t be extended, as there’s no memory card slot.
— The Ativ S wins (5-6)

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Battery Life

With a maximum charge, Samsung claims 15.0 hours of talktime for the Ativ S, compared to 10.0 hours for the Lumia 920. Standby times are 218 hours and 400 hours respectively. That’s a small win for the Ativ S in this round.
— Ativ S (6-6)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Samsung Ativ S vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (7-7)

BPF verdict: It’s a tie! (7-7)

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