Difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and Nokia Lumia 925

Key Difference: Samsung has officially announced the little brother of its brand new flagship: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The phone comes with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers ~256 ppi pixel density. The weight of the phone has also been reduced to 107 grams for the 3G Model and 108 grams for the LTE Model. Nokia has recently announced its new flagship phone the Nokia Lumia 925. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen which takes up a good amount of space on the front, with the speaker and sensors on the top. The 4.5-inch capacitive screen has the same PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack that is found in Lumia 920.

Samsung has officially announced the little brother of its brand new flagship: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The S4 mini as the name suggests is the mini version of the Galaxy S4 released earlier on in 2013. The company has made the phone slimmer and lighter hoping to make it more appealing for the people that considered the original S4 bulky. According to JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics, “we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages.”

The company has slashed many extra oomph features from the phones such as cutting down screen size and reducing resolution to reduce the price of the phone. The phone comes with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers ~256 ppi pixel density. The weight of the phone has also been reduced to 107 grams for the 3G Model and 108 grams for the LTE Model. The device houses audio jack on the top, the volume rocker on the left, the power button on the right and the USB port on the bottom. The camera and loudspeaker grille with the flash are placed on the back.

The device is powered by 1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, making it pretty fast and responsive. It also comes with Adreno 305 GPU and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The 3G model comes with 1.5 GB RAM, while the LTE model comes with 2 GB RAM. The phone is offered with 8GB internal storage capacity, which can be extended by 64GB using a microSD card.

The company maintains certain nifty features such as the IR Blaster, S Translator, S Health, S Voice and many other that were available in the original S4. The device also houses a 8MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP HD front camera. The camera comes with features such as Sound&Shot, Panorama Shot and Story Album function. According to the press release, photos taken by the S4 Mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album. The phone comes with a removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery.

Nokia has recently announced its new flagship phone the Nokia Lumia 925. This phone is in lines with the other new Nokia Lumia 928, but differs from its cousin in many ways. The Nokia Lumia 925 was also known as “Catwalk” phone for a long time before it was officially announced. The company has maintained a similar design to its Lumia phones but has added a metal band. This is the first phone that will feature a mix of plastic and metal. However, the back is still made of polycarbonate plastic. The phone is made slim and light weight making it comfortable to hold. The phone’s frame is made of aluminum with only the back made of plastic. However, the back is non-removable so the battery is not easily accessible.

The device is available in black, white or grey, so don’t look for the bright colors that are expected of other Nokia phones. The phones comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen which takes up a good amount of space on the front, with the speaker and sensors on the top and the three capacitive buttons (Home, Back and Menu) on the bottom. Similar to the other high-end Lumias, the top of the device holds audio jack, the microUSB port and the SIM slot. The left and the bottom side of the device is bare, while the right side has the volume rocker, the power button and the dedicated camera button making it a little too crowded.

The 4.5-inch capacitive screen has the same PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack that is found in Lumia 920. The ClearBlack technology plus the HD OLED screen offers sharp, clear images and also spectacular viewing in sunlight. The phones provides a good contrast and vibrant colors but the difference is not really that apparent when using day-to-day.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, the same processor used in Lumia 920 and 928. The processor is fast and responsive, but lags when it comes to camera. The phone comes with Adreno 225 and 1 GB RAM, compared to the 2G found in its competitors. The phone comes with only 16 GB internal memory and does not offer users to extend it using an external card. The phone integrates the Windows Phone 8 OS, which works seamlessly. However, again similar to all other Windows Phones, the app stores lack many apps and still has yet to reach its potential.

The phone comes with an 8.7MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. The camera comes with upgraded technology that uses a 1/3'' sensor size to take more high-res photos. The camera also comes with Nokia’s Smart Camera technology that allows taking 10 photos at once, which can then be altered to create the perfect photo. This is similar to the Zoe technology found on HTC One that takes mini videos along with photos. The company has also added an additional lens on the five-lens that allows taking much better photos.  Nokia also boasts about its low-light imaging technology that allows users to take excellent photos in low-lighting conditions. The imaging technology is quite superior and does take excellent images with less blur. However, the camera shutter is quite slow which requires the user to hold the phone with a steady hand to eliminate motion blur.

The company also has removed the built-in wireless feature to cut down on the weight, but has added it as an option by purchasing the wireless cover. The phone comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery that allows the phone to go longer periods of time without requiring charging. The phone also comes with a few nifty features that make it stand out. The new phone is slick, thin and has decent features. It could just be phone that turns the tide in favor of Nokia Windows Phone.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Samsung Website, the Nokia website and GSMArena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Nokia Lumia 925

Launch Date

July 2013

June 2013

Company

Samsung

Nokia

Size

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm

129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm

Display

4.3”qHD (16:9 wide view) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

Screen

540 x 960 pixels (~256 ppi pixel density); 16 million colors

768 x 1280 pixels (~334 ppi pixel density), 16M colors

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

107 grams

139 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GT-I9192 (SIM 1 & SIM 2)

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GT-I9190, GT-I9195

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-892, RM-893

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-910

4G Network

LTE - GT-I9195 (optional)

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - RM-892

LTE 700 / 1700 / 2100 - RM-893

GUI

TouchWiz UI

Windows Phone 8

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 305

Adreno 225

OS

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Windows Phone 8

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

RAM

1.5 GB (3G Model)/ 2 GB (LTE Model)

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM (Optional dual SIM)

microSIM

Internal Memory

8GB (5GB available for user)

16 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64GB

N/A

Sensors

Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic

Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, Orientation sensor

Connectivity

WiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n

GPS + GLONASS

Bluetooth® v4.0 (LE), NFC(LTE version only)

IR LED (Remote Control)

SIM, microUSB, 3.5mm audio, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC (LTE version only), IR, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.

Speed

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP; Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

8.7 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

Secondary Camera

1.9 MP

1.3 MP, [email protected]

Video

[email protected]

[email protected], video stabilization

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Sound & Shot
  • Night(Low Light Shot)
  • Best Photo
  • Best Face
  • Beauty Face(include Live Beauty)
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Panorama
  • Sports
  • Continuous Shot
  • Carl Zeiss optics
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Autofocus
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 1/3'' sensor size
  • PureView technology
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Digital camera add-ons
  • Full screen viewfinder
  • Automatic photo upload to web services
  • Full resolution photo and video upload
  • Creative Studio
  • 6-lens optics

Sound Enhancement

-

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X

ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark

MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BL-4YW)

Talktime

No official data released.

2G: 18 hours

3G: 12 hours

Standby Time

No official data released.

3G: 440 hours

Available Colors

White Frost, Black Mist

Black, White, Gray

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

FM radio

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

N/A

Additional Features

  • Story Album
  • Group Play
  • S Translator
  • S Travel (TripAdvisor)
  • S Voice
  • S Health
  • Samsung Adapt Display
  • Samsung Adapt Sound
  • Safety Assistance
  • Samsung Link
  • Screen Mirroring
  • HomeSync
  • Smart Switch
  • Samsung KNOX
  • Google Mobile Services
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
  • Brightness control
  • High brightness mode
  • Sunlight readability enhancements
  • Refresh rate 60 Hz
  • Sculpted glass
  • Easy to clean
  • Nokia Glance screen
  • Lumia Color profile
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Super-sensitive touch
  • DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Wireless charging only with accessory cover
  • 7GB Cloud Storage
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: samsungmobilepress.com, nokia.com

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