Lumia 930 vs Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): specs comparison

Lumia 930 vs Galaxy S5 vs One (M8): specs comparison
Scheduled to launch in June, the Lumia 930 is Nokia's latest global flagship smartphone. With a 5-inch 1080p display and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, the international variant of the Nokia Lumia Icon (exclusively available in the States) can rival pretty much any other high-end smartphone out there in terms of features and performance.

But can it face Android's finest and live to tell the tale? Well, while this is a complex question that would require some thorough testing of each device before it can be answered, we can actually see how the Nokia Lumia 930 ranks against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) in terms of pure specs. And sure, specs aren't everything, but hey - you can't deny that it's just so fun to be staring at those specs sheets and comparing all the different features, one after another!

Nokia Lumia 930 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)

Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.1 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

AMOLED
Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3

Screen-to-body

70.78 %
69.76 %
66.71 %

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974-AA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400, 32-bit, 28 nm
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
32GB

OS

Windows Phone, 8.1
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.3, 4.4), HTC Sense UI

Battery

Capacity

2420 mAh
2800 mAh
2600 mAh

Charging

 
 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

11.50 hours
the average is 19 h (1116 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1116 min)
 

Stand-by time

23.0 days (552 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
16.2 days (390 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

15.50 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1388 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
20.7 days (496 hours)
the average is 27 days (645 h)

Music playback

86.00 hours
67.00 hours
 

Video playback

7.50 hours
13.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Dual camera

Main camera

20 MP
16 MP
4 MP

Features

OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor
BSI sensor, PDAF
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 2 μm

Second camera

 
 
4 MP

Features

 
 
Depth information

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
MPEG4, H.264
 

Features

OIS, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Video light, Video sharing

Front

1.2 MP
2.1 MP
5 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 inches (137 x 71 x 9.8 mm)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches (146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm)

Weight

5.89 oz (167 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic
Back: Aluminum

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP 67
Splash; IP X3

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys, Interchangeable covers, Notification light
 


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67 Comments

65. lew15d

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

I shall be awaiting the release of the Nokia Lumia 930 in the UK.

18. macfire

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

I'm actually really looking forward to any new HTC Windows 8.1 handsets ( BIG HTC fan ) . rumours of HTC bringing the design of The One (M8) to Windows is intruiging to me . Ipresently own both HTC 8X and HTC One X , and Windows to me is the better OS to use , if not for the lack of true quality apps and games . I honestly think that these will improve and I am willing to stick with Windows until such time .

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wow. Nokia and HTC can't make a phone that isn't huge and fat if their lives depended on it eh?

11. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

These specs are missing all the respective advantages between the S5 and L930. I'll skip the One since it doesn't hold any specific advantages over both, except for the styling and front facing camera. The GS5 advantages: - better AMOLED screen - MUCH better battery endurance(likely) - lighter and thinner body - water and dust resistance - micro SD slot - removable back cover - fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor - USB 3.0 - barometer, thermometer, humidity sensor - better front camera Lumia 930 advantages: - design - premium in hand feel - camera (likely) - dedicated camera key

19. torr310

Posts: 1736; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The CPUs are also different. Both S5 and M8 have the newer CPU.

68. cerbulupu

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

I tested L 930 and GS5 a little bit. I did not found any app (I played some games) that was not running on L930 as good as on GS5. The advantage of L930 is that WP8.1 is more optimized than Android and manages to do same things with less resources than Android. Same thing is valid for iOS, but on iOS the level of optimization is way bigger than on WP8.1. Is very hard to compare the performances after hardware (CPU and memory) because different OS are handling the resources different (better or worse). In my opinion iOS is the leader of optimization, followed by WP and Android

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The Lumia 930 is better as it has a better design compared to the S5 & has a better camera compared to the M8. Also, WP8.1 is better than Android (IMO).

10. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Hold up, there should be comparison soon..now that WP8.1 official.

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

"WP 8.1 better than Android" Boy you are clueless

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I prefer WP over Android. And I also like to be clueless.

35. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yes you are. You broke your piggy bank to buy a nokia and now go spam articles. Hey no one wants it, sales come from dirt cheap 520/630(70%), and it has such a bad reputation people smile when they see one. It is so bad itis actually being sold to ms. Here comes cold water.

48. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I broke MY piggy bank to buy a Nokia, so why is it bothering you? I'd actually like cold water since the temperatures are soaring in the hearts of fandroids after WP8.1.

51. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Oh you bought a nokia? Now go to a school/college and hear people make fun of you. No one cares. And about 8.1 thingy lol no one cares literally. It's playing a never ending catch up game, android is in another dimension so hey, wake up.

55. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Haha, trust me when I say this - most of my friends own a Samsung Galaxy, and they all just keep on asking never ending questions about WP & my Lumia 1520. Infact, a few of them even switched to a Lumia and are quite happy with it. People show more interest in my phone rather than in me lol. Android is ahead of WP, only for now. WP has security and fluidity, which Android just does not have. So stop hating on WP, enjoy your OS of choice and let others enjoy theirs.

63. lew15d

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

I'm afraid The 13th King has no idea that everyone has to start from the bottom... I remember Android first starting out and they were absolutely terrible when I was introduced to the G1 device it was on. You probably don't know what one of them is, so use Google to look it up whilst you're at it. Windows Phone is a NEW platform compared to Apple and Android, so they have time to pick up on what essentials are needed when it comes to applications and so on. I'd love to see a Samsung, HTC or iPhone EVER take on a 41MP camera like my Lumia 1020, but sadly, they DO NOT have the technology to do so, do they? It wouldn't stop me using an Android or an Apple powered device though as I love all my technology. You're a typical fan boy who is way too far up the ass of one manufacturer. I have access to a HTC One (M8), a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5 as well as my Lumia 1020. So, you can't call me a "fan boy" there, can you? Silly, silly boy.

34. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Lol better than android. Hold up bro, wp is playing catch up with android. Lumia 930 just looks like all other nokia phones. And hey please compare the features to the S5, what does it offer the nokia thingy?

49. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If you call the gimmicks in the S5 "features", then you are the one who's clueless.

64. lew15d

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

@NokiaFTW - I think you should have referred to him as a "fan boy". If you haven't noticed, he's WAY too far up Samsung's backside. It'll be a while before he manages to find his way back out of there.

6. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

in all these s5 is better ...

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

32GB vs 10.9GB native storage.. 930, yea I know its missing SDcard , 4K video rec..

5. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yeah specs of this phone is too 2013.. misses many things not just 4k

9. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Things could change its not yet June..

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

"2013 specs" that would run this OS like butter,, and 4K, since I own a UHDTV, I would like that feature ..

33. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It is nothing without the sd card, even 32 gb is not enough today unless you are an old guy. Its missing waterproofing heart rate monitor fingerprint ir blaster and android, as wp is playing a never ending catch up game.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 706; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I find the s5 to be the better of these 3 so far. It also amazes me how the s5 was unveiled for more than a month yet, we still have a lot if missing information about it and such. . As for the 930. It all has to do with pricing. They should price it lower because it does jot offer as much as the HTC m8 and the S5 offer

22. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

well 930 atleast offer a 20mp 1/2.5" cam..better than m8.. while both offer 5" display, 930 measures 137mm vs m8 146.4 mm....m8 is almost 10mm bigger in size...

2. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

930 still going to be expensive like s5 n m8 what i fell 930 should be priced lesser that current competition as it does not offer much as the competition offers 930 is not an all rounder like s5 , z2 etc i dont know about the pricing but price should be under 550$

27. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I think a fair price for the Nokia Lumia 930 should be $449 or $399 especially for their commitment to affordability and quality devices.

38. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It has the same price tag as the S5 and M8, it is another bad move from nokia.

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

2420 mah battery on 930 is a bit low as per today's standards. Galaxy S5 strikes as middle ground and an all rounder between these 3 to me.

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