We don't know whether Nokia is disturbed with the news of iPhone 5 release or with Samsung's launch of Galaxy S3. But all we know is that with Lumia 900, Nokia is planning something big this time.
Nokia's flagship Lumia handset, the Lumia 900, which was unveiled at the CES earlier this year, was described by Chris Weber, President of Nokia in North America, as iconic, beautiful and fast. It is the company's first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) phone.
This special Lumia phone will enjoy a special launch on April 8, reveals AT&T device head Jeff Bradley.
At all levels, this is a notch above anything we've ever done, AT&T Bradley said in an interview with CNET, and that includes the launch of the iPhone.
While the Nokia phone is enjoying the limelight, Samsung is also gearing up to launch its best weapon, the S3. But before phasing out the S2, the Korean electronics giant has provided the 'killing' upgrade to the phone, Ice Cream Sandwich.
The cool Ice Cream Sandwich has surely increased the hotness quotient of S2, which is already known as the 'best Android phone'.
How effective is the last moment ICS upgrade for Galaxy S2? Can it beat the windows phone Lumia 900? It's just a matter of a few days and all our questions will be answered with the grand launch of the Nokia handset. But before that check out the specifications of both these great warriors to see how they go head-on-head.
Size: The Lumia 900 comes with dimensions of 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm and weighs 160 grams when compared to the Galaxy S2, which comes in 125.3x66.1x8.5 mm dimension and weighs only 116 grams.
Display: Samsung Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3-inch 800x480 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touch-screen with 217 ppi pixel density. The Nokia Lumia 900 sports a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive ClearBlack touch-screen with 217 ppi density.
Operating System and User Interface: 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. Nokia ClearBlack display user interface has been used on this set.
Galaxy S2 sports the latest Ice Cream Sandwich and TouchWiz user interface version 4.0, which is known for being slick and adds real utility to daily use of the phone. With the new OS, the user can enjoy an endless carousel of homescreens and also browse through the new Google Chrome browser.
Processor and RAM: The Lumia 900 comes with a 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Qualcomm APQ8055 Snapdragon, Adreno 205 GPU with 16GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. The RAM is undoubtedly on a lower side when compared to S2's 1 GB RAM. The Galaxy S2 features a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9, Exynos processor. The Galaxy S2 also has a better internal memory configurations of 16/32GB and an external microSD card that allows it to expand to another 32GB while Lumia does not have an external memory slot.
Camera: The Lumia 900 sports a rear-facing 8 megapixel, 3264 x 2448 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.
The Galaxy S2 also comes with an 8 megapixel 3264x2448 pixels unit with 1080p video capture capabilities and a secondary 2 megapixel camera for video calling.
3G/4G: Galaxy S2 supports download speed of 21 Mbps and upload speed of 5.76 Mbps but does not support LET. Lumia 900 has HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and support 4G LTE. According to AT&T, the Lumia phone will provide a blazing fast 4G LTE that speeds 10x faster than 3G.
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. Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth version 3 and HS, USB version 2.0 with microUSB (MHL), USB On-the-go features. Galaxy S2 also provides Near Field Communication technology as an optional feature.
Battery: The Lumia 900 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 and up to 7 hours of talk time.
Galaxy S2, on the other hand, comes with a standard Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery that gives stand-by time of up to 710 hours for 2G and up to 610 hours for the 3G and talk time of up to 18 hours 20 min for 2G and up to 8 hours 40 min for 3G. And, S2 is a clear winner in this department.
Other 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 S2 also sports the same features like 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, Organizer, Image/video editor, Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), Voice memo/dial/commands and Predictive text input (Swype). Like any other Android phone, Galaxy S2 also integrates Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk and Picasa.
Price: Nokia's mandate was to supply a quality phone at a lower price, and to abide by that the company has planned to launch the phone at a very affordable price of $99.99 on AT&T. The Galaxy S2, when compared, is a much pricier phone as the phone is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract both on Sprint and AT&T while the T-Mobile variant is priced at $229.99. But recently, the price of the legendary S2 dropped and was available from AT&T for only $.01 with a new two-year agreement with the wireless provider.