With the release of the Nokia Lumia 928 on Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy S4 now finds itself competing against yet another flagship smartphone — this one powered by Windows Phone 8. How do the two devices stack up against each other? Read on for our side-by-side specs review and check back for our hands-on comparison, which will be posted as soon as we can procure a review unit from Nokia.
Nokia Lumia 928 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Specs
The Nokia Lumia 928 is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocking in at 1,500 MHz. It has 1GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is definitely more of a processing powerhouse. It has a more robust chipset, with a quad-core (octa-core depending on your region) processor that clocks in at 1,900 MHz, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, which can be upgraded to 64GB via an SD card.
Nokia Lumia 928 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Operating System
The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung's custom TouchWiz skin running on top. While there are a few changes and improvements, the OS experience overall is pretty similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you didn't like Android 4.1, then 4.2 probably won't make you a convert.
The Nokia Lumia 928 runs Windows Phone 8 and is arguably one of the best implementations of Microsoft's mobile OS currently on the market. Nokia took a big gamble in 2011 when it ditched Symbian OS in favor of Windows Phone 8. It's too early to say whether the bet will pay dividends, but it's hard to argue that Nokia's WP8 devices aren't a big improvement over their Symbian-powered smartphones.
Nokia Lumia 928 vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S4 screen is one of the handset's biggest draws. At five inches, 441 ppi and a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920, the screen is large, sharp and vibrant. It's also treading dangerously close to phablet territory and might be simply too big for some people, especially former iPhone users.
The Nokia Lumia 928 has a more modest screen at 4.5 inches, 334 ppi and a resolution of 768 x 1,280. We'd encourage you to not base your decision on the specs sheet alone though, as the Lumia 928 is gorgeous in person and not discernibly less resolute than the S4.