The latest rumors suggest that Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, could hit the U.S. market on three or four carriers. In contrast, Nokia’s Lumia 900 runs only on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, reducing its market access.
Considering this, does Nokia’s first LTE Windows Phone have a chance of competing with Samsung’s new Android handset?
While the Galaxy S3 has it roundly defeated in terms of specifications, the Lumia 900 could have a chance of fighting back when it comes to design, build quality and price tag.
The Nokia Lumia 900 comes with a single-core Snapdragon CPU clocked at 1.4GHz paired with 512MB RAM. In contrast, the international Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by a quad-core Exynos processor with 1GB RAM. Rumors say the U.S. version of the Galaxy S3 would come with a Snapdragon dual-core CPU instead, because Exynos is incompatible with Verizon’s and AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
Meanwhile, the Lumia 900’s 480 x 800 4.3-inch screen may seem cramped compared to the Galaxy S3’s 720p 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Pentile screen. The Samsung handset’s screen also features 306 pixels per inch of pixel density, compared to the Lumia 900’s more pedestrian 217 PPI display.
The two mobiles are in a dead heat on the specs of their cameras, both being equipped with 8-megapixel snappers and front-facing cameras. However, early reviews of the Galaxy S3 claim its camera can compete with its competitors among the best high-end smartphones.
Moreover, the Galaxy S3 ships with a 2100 mAh battery, substantially larger than the Lumia 900’s 1830 mAh pack. However, the Nokia is no slouch in endurance, boasting of longer battery life in a single charge than other LTE devices.
Another defining difference between the two phones is their operating system. The Lumia 900 runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone, while the Galaxy S3 is driven by Google’s Android. For many users, it bears remembering that the Android app ecosystem is far larger than its Windows Phone counterpart.
In the U.S., the Lumia 900 is an AT&T-exclusive phone. This would pose no problems for current subscribers of the network, but many consumers with existing contracts may be unwilling to jump ship at the moment.
In comparison, the Galaxy S3 is rumored to be gearing up for a launch on 3 or 4 major wireless carriers in the U.S. If such reports are true, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint will all have their versions of the Samsung smartphone, with the Verizon, AT&T and Sprint models offering LTE support.
Due to this increased market access, Samsung could enjoy an advantage over Nokia once the Galaxy S3 is released. Nokia is in no way a lost cause, but it should partner with more carriers to try and regain its lost position as the world’s number-one handset maker.