Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa-core) vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 18, 2013

Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 a more powerful handset than the Nokia Lumia 920? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Galaxy S4, outdo the Lumia 920’s screen? Is the Android 4.2.2 operating system on the Galaxy S4 good enough? And what about size? Is the Lumia 920 too big? All of these questions are answered in the side-by-side comparison below.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 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 Galaxy S4 VS Nokia Lumia 920
Display 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Android 4.2.2 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7mm
Weight 130g 185g
Talktime TBC 10.0 hours
Standby TBC 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

Samsung Galaxy S4 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 Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Galaxy S4 includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. 4G connectivity is also baked in. The Lumia 920, meanwhile, boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G networking is also supported.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Size/Weight

The Lumia 920 is slightly fatter than the Galaxy S4 with dimensions of 10.7mm versus 7.9mm. The Lumia 920 is broader, measuring 70.8mm to the Galaxy S4′s 69.8mm. The Lumia 920 is slightly tubbier than the Galaxy S4, weighing in at 185g. The Galaxy S4 is 55g lighter at 130g. See our graph of size/weight stats below. The Galaxy S4 is leading after the first two rounds. But can it hold on?
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-1)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Camera/Video

The design of the Samsung Galaxy S4 incorporates a 13.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 4208 x 3120 and autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. For video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera rated at 2.0 Megapixels.

The Lumia 920 boasts a poorer specification on paper, specifically an 8.0 Megapixel camera. But it does claw back a point with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. The maximum resolution of the camera is 3264 x 2448 pixels. Another 1.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Display

So which screen is better? The Galaxy S4 boasts a Super AMOLED panel, which measures 5.0 inches across the diagonal and delivers a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. By our calculations, this means that there are 2073600 pixels overall, which translates to an excellent 440.6 pixels per inch measurement.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

In contrast, the 4.5-inch touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD display on Nokia’s phone is only 0.5 inches smaller. It boasts a lower resolution than the Galaxy S4, namely 768 x 1280 pixels. With 983040 pixels on the 4.5-inch screen, the pixel density is still a formidable 331.778 pixels per inch. But the S4′s screen wins this round.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (4-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Processor

On the inside, the Galaxy S4′s chip is a 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410, while the Lumia 920 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5GHz.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (5-2)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

With five rounds gone, the Galaxy S4 enjoys a promising 3 point lead. With the the second half about to start, the Lumia 920 has it all to do as we approach round #6…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Software

The Galaxy S4 is based on Android 4.2.2, the Lumia 920 uses Windows Phone 8. We rank the mobile OSes accordingly: (1) Android/iOS, (2) Windows Phone 8/Blackberry OS, (3) everything else. So…
— The Galaxy S4 wins (6-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Applications

Which OS is the most popular with developers? According to the stats, the Galaxy S4 has the fattest app store of the two. There are over 675000 apps on Google Play; while the Windows Phone Store has over 125000 apps available for download. With three rounds left, the Galaxy S4 has stayed out in front. The Lumia 920 is now out of this big phone fight.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (7-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Storage

The fight now switches to storage. You can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S4 in 16, 32 or 64GB flavours. The Nokia Lumia 920, meanwhile, rocks up with 32GB. The Galaxy S4 naturally wins the internal storage battle with a top-end option of 64GB, compared to the 32GB max capacity of the Lumia 920. The Galaxy S4 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 128GB. Unlike its rival, the Lumia 920 is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 32GB.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (8-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 and the Lumia 920 share the points (9-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out. In comparison, the Lumia 920 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (10-3)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (10-3)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 920 comprehensively, taking 7 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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