Samsung Galaxy Note, known as the first hybrid of the smartphone and tablet, will hit the U.S. market on Feb. 17.
The shape, size and features of the phone have already generated a great amount of interest among smartphone enthusiasts. But conquering the market will not be that easy for the Samsung hybrid as Nokia is also set to launch its flagship Windows phone - the Lumia 900 handset.
Lumia 900 was described as iconic, beautiful and fast by Chris Weber, the President of Nokia in North America. Additionally, the Lumia 900 is the company's first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) phone and will run on the same network as the Galaxy Note - AT&T.
With Galaxy Note, Samsung is bringing in a new category of smartphone, which combines great features of the smartphone and a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED viewing screen of a tablet and advanced input technology while retaining a pocketable design.
Let us take a look at the specifications of the Nokia Lumia 900 and compare them to the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Display: Galaxy Note will sport a 5.3-inch high-definition Super AMOLED display that will give a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and about 285 ppi pixel density. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 900 sports a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive ClearBlack touch-screen with 217 ppi density.
Display Protection: Both the smartphones come with Corning Gorilla Glass display protection.
Size: The Nokia Lumia comes with dimensions of 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm and weighs 160g while Galaxy Note is expected to come with 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm dimension and weigh 178 grams.
Processor: The Lumia 900 comes with a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon, Adreno 205 GPU with 16GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. Whereas, Galaxy Note will sport a dual-core 1.5GHz Scorpion CPU Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon Adreno 220 GPU with 1GB RAM.
Camera: The Lumia 900 sports a rear-facing 8 megapixel, 3264x2448 pixels unit dual LED flash camera with 720p video capture capabilities and a secondary 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling. Nokia has used Carl Zeiss optics for the new Lumia 900.
Galaxy Note also sports a rear-facing 8 megapixel LED flash camera but with 1080p HD video capture capabilities and 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video call.
Camera Features: Both the smartphones have geo-tagging, touch focus technologies but Galaxy Note is reported to have some additional features like face and smile detection, and image stabilization.
3G/4G: Lumia 900 and Galaxy Note both have HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and support 4G LTE.
Operating System: The Lumia 900 will run on the latest Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and will offer one-touch access to social networking sites, along with features like easy grouping of contacts, communication threads and Internet Explorer 9 while Galaxy Note will have the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, with the promise of an upgrade to Google Inc.'s latest smartphone OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
User Interface: Both smartphones use Samsung's TouchWiz user interface.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: The Lumia 900 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 2.1 version with A2DP and EDR, and microUSB 2.0 versions. Galaxy Note, on the other hand, will support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot along with Bluetooth 3.0 version with A2DP, EDR, microUSB (MHL) 2.0 version and USB On-The-Go (OTG).
Storage: Lumia 900 boasts 16GB of internal storage but the phone does not come with microSD card slot. Galaxy Note, when compared, will come with 16/32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB microSD card.
Battery: The Nokia phone has a standard Li-Ion 1830 mAh (BP-6EW) battery that gives up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 60 hours of music play and up to 300 hours of standby time. Galaxy Note will come with a standard Li-ion 2500 mAh battery, which is expected to give up to 960 hours standby time in 2G and up to 820 hours in 3G and talk time of up to 26 hours 10 min in 2G and up to 13 h 30 min in 3G.
Pricing: Galaxy Note would be available from Feb. 19 for $299.99 with a two-year AT&T contract, but Nokia Lumia 900 price is still not disclosed.
Additional Features: The Lumia 900 has features like HTML5, Adobe Flash, an Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player, Xbox Live Hub, Video/photo editor, Voice memo/command/dial, voice navigation, predictive text input and a document viewer/editor.
Galaxy Note will have accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer sensors, assisted GPS, GLONASS, Adobe Flash, Java MIDP emulator, S Pen stylus, NFC, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), SNS integration, MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, image/video editor, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk and Picasa integration.