Difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and Nokia Lumia 928

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 a new phone to its line-up; the Lumia 928. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive screen with broad back bezel. The phone is quite bulky and heavy, compared to other newer smartphones that are focusing on getting thinner and lighter.

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 a new phone to its line-up; the Lumia 928. This phone is considered as the flagship phone for Verizon (a US telecommunications company) but it is also available in an unlocked version. In terms of hardware, the phone is very similar to Nokia’s flagship 920 but has added on extra features and tweaks that can go either way. Although, the phone has been modified, there are no revisions to the Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 928 does not share the physical characteristics of the 920. It is in a bar from that has a slight bulge on the back that makes the phone comfortable to hold. Another small curve can be found on the bottom on which speaker grille is strategically placed that keeps volume from getting muffled when placed flat on the back. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive screen with broad back bezel. The phone is quite bulky and heavy, compared to other newer smartphones that are focusing on getting thinner and lighter.

The Nokia phones are known for the bright interactive colors, which are no longer an option in this model. The phone is available only in two options: matte black and glossy white. This is believed to be because it is a Verizon exclusive phone. The phone comes with the basic structure of the Nokia phones with the volume rocker, power button and a dedicated camera key on the right edge. The power button is very similar to volume rocker only slightly smaller, making it difficult to find it without looking. The volume rocker is also a little to access and hit during mid-call. The left side of the device is bare, while the top hosts a center-mounted Micro USB port, a pull-out SIM tray and a 3.5mm jack. The back stands out with a bigger Xenon flash and the camera with Carl Zeiss lens.

The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with ~334 ppi pixel density and boasts excellent sunlight readability. The AMOLED screen is better for side viewing angles and sunlight visibility. The phone does have excellent resolution and the images are sharp, crisp and clear. The screen can also be configured for ‘high touch sensitivity’ known as ‘glove mode’. The phone also has amazing speakers but almost all reviewers said that when talking on the phone, the voice on the other end sounded hollow and unrealistic. The loud speaker also lacks bass and depth. However, the noise cancellation on the phone works exceptionally.

The phone is powered by 1.5 GHz Krait Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, making it fast. The phone does not lag or even slow down. As it is a windows phone obviously it is powered by the Windows Phone 8 OS. The Android vs. Windows Phone debate is always the same. Though, the OS is great, Android does have more apps to offer and is also more customizable. The phones offers 1 GB RAM and has 32 GB internal memory. For users looking to add more than 32GB of data will run out of luck, as it does not offer adding extra memory.

The device houses an 8.7 MP PureView rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera. The rear camera comes with the Carl Zeiss optics for sharper images. It also comes with the typical autofocus, image stabilization, flash etc. However, Nokia does proud itself for its low-light image technology and rightfully so. The low-light images are quite sharp and does not blur. In addition to that, the company also offers xenon flash that is bright and powerful. The xenon flash can only be used as flash and cannot be left lit, so the company has also added a secondary flash for videos and flashlight purposes. The camera does have slow shutter speed, which requires people to hold the camera still for long periods of time to avoid motion blur.

The device houses a non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV 4-NW) that boasts good power. The Verge could run the battery for approximately 27 hours, while Tech Hive got only 6.5 hours out of it. The power of the battery depends on running applications, usage and many other different factors. In all, the phone is okay but does not come close to its 920 cousin.

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

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Nokia Lumia 928

Launch Date

July 2013

May 2013

Company

Samsung

Nokia

Size

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm

133 x 68.9 x 10.1 mm

Display

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

4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

Screen

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

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

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

107 grams

162 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

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

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

3G Network

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

4G Network

LTE - GT-I9195 (optional)

LTE 700 MHz Class 13 / 1700 / 2100

GUI

TouchWiz UI

Windows Phone UI

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core

1.5 GHz Krait Dual-core

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)

32 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64GB

N/A

Sensors

Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic

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

Connectivity

WiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n

GPS + GLONASS

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

IR LED (Remote Control)

NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding,2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, USB and Bluetooth

Data

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

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB.

Speed

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

EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps; 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 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 2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

8.7 MP PureView 3264 x 2448 Pixels

Secondary Camera

1.9 MP

1.2 MP, [email protected]

Video

[email protected]

[email protected], video stabilization, stereo sound rec.

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
  • Auto focus with two-stage capture key
  • Carl Zeiss Tessar lens
  • 4x digital zoom
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • Xenon flash
  • 1/3.2'' sensor size
  • 1.4 µm pixel size
  • Geo-tagging
  • Panorama

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 (BV 4-NW)

Talktime

No official data released.

2G: 11.8 hours

3G: 13 hours

Standby Time

No official data released.

2G: 606 hours

3G: 513 hours

Available Colors

White Frost, Black Mist

Black, White

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

N/A

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)
  • Wireless Charging
  • PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
  • Brightness control
  • Orientation sensor
  • High brightness mode
  • Sunlight readability enhancements
  • Video light, Video zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Continuous autofocus
  • SNS integration
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • Mac companion app
  • Windows 8 companion app

Image Courtesy: samsungmobilepress.com, nokia.com

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