We never bothered comparing flagship Windows Phone handsets until now, since there we only one or two and that too from just Nokia. However, Samsung’s announcement of ATIV SE gives us hope that we might see more of such products from other manufacturers in the future. In the meanwhile, let’s compare the phone with the best that Nokia has to offer and see how these phones really stand up against each other. We’ll also be comparing them against the Galaxy S5 just for comparison’s sake.
|Samsung Galaxy S5||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung ATIV SE||Nokia Lumia 930/Icon||Nokia Lumia 1520|
|Display||5.1 inch 1080p S AMOLED||5 inch 1080p AMOLED||5 inch 1080p AMOLED||5.0 inch 1080p AMOLED||6 inch 1080p IPS LCD|
|SoC||Snapdragon 801||Snapdragon 600||Snapdragon 800||Snapdragon 800||Snapdragon 800|
|Processor||2.5GHz quad core Krait 400||1.7GHz quad core Krait 400||2.2GHz quad core Krait 400||2.2GHz quad core Krait 400||2.2GHz quad core Krait 400|
|GPU||Adreno 330||Adreno 320||Adreno 330||Adreno 330||Adreno 330|
|Camera||16MP||13MP||13MP||20MP Pureview with OIS||20MP Pureview with OIS|
|Platform||Android 4.4.2||Android 4.4.2||Windows Phone 8.1||Windows Phone 8.1||Windows Phone 8.1|
|Other features||Heart rate monitor, finger print scanner, IP67 certification||Wireless charging||Wireless charging|
As the specs would show, the ATIV SE is just a beefed up version of the Galaxy S4, with a speedier processor. Although it doesn’t make the phone bad, but it’s still an year behind the Galaxy S5 and retails for the same price. It misses out on Galaxy S5’s bigger battery, better camera and newer processor.
Although when you compare it to Nokia’s best offerings, it’s not all that different. The phone has a few advantages against the Nokia Lumia 930/Icon, including a slightly better battery and front camera. Also, it comes with expandable memory, something that can’t be said about the Nokia Lumia Icon. Lumia 930 on the other hand, offers what’s most likely a better camera and wireless charging. that’s most of the difference between the two phones.
Lumia 1520 is just a bigger version of the Lumia 930/Icon, with a much bigger battery and display. It houses the same chip and camera as the Lumia 930. Although, the pixel density takes a hit due to the large scree size, but that shouldn’t be noticeable.
That’s for the hardware. On the software front, Nokia is the one to beat. It’s got plenty of exclusive apps. Also, Nokia phones are likely to get updates at later stage in their life cycles (all of Nokia’s line up is getting updated to WP8.1) and while Samsung does have its own apps, they just aren’t as rich. Lastly, if you’re fond of wireless charging, you might want to go with the Nokia phones.
It’s good to see some competition in the Windows Phone camp and thankfully, it’s not completely tilted in Nokia’s favor. Perhaps, we might see more flagships from HTC and newer players in the future.