Samsung ATIV S vs Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II: specs comparison

Samsung ATIV S vs Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II: specs comparison
The Samsung ATIV S (here's our detailed specs review) was one of the more exciting new handsets that Samsung announced today at its IFA 2012 press-conference. It is the first official Windows Phone 8 smartphone and as such, it sports specs never before seen in the land of Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8 brings goodies like support for higher-resolution screens, as well as multi-core processors, and while the devices running on the platform won't be the hardware monsters that Android is usually found on, they will still be capable of providing flawless user experience thanks to WP's wise resource management.

With that said, exactly how better is the new ATIV S, compared to some of the best Windows Phones around? Well, we would say that the difference is quite substantial, but of course, we shouldn't forget the fact that while the Samsung ATIV S is a lone Windows Phone 8 handset now, it sure won't be alone on launch day. But until September 5, when Nokia, Microsoft's favorite WP manufacturer, is to unveil its own WP 8 devices, the ATIV S will be the most-anticipated Windows Phone smartphone.


Device typeSmart phoneSmart phoneSmart phone
OSWindows Phone 8Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh, 7.5 MangoWindows Phone 7.5 Mango
Form factorCandybarCandybarCandybar
Dimensions5.40 x 2.78 x 0.34 (137.2 x 70.5 x 8.7 mm)5.03 x 2.70 x 0.45 (127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm)5.20 x 2.70 x 0.50 (132 x 69 x 13 mm)
Weight4.76 oz (135 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
5.64 oz (160 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
5.20 oz (147 g)
the average is 4.1 oz (118 g)
Side KeysLeft: Volume control Right: Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock keyRight: Volume control, Camera shutter, Lock/Unlock key 
Colors Black, Blue, White 

Physical size4.8 inches4.30 inches4.70 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density
306 ppi217 ppi199 ppi
Colors 16 777 21616 777 216
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touchMulti-touchCapacitive, Multi-touch
FeaturesLight sensor, Proximity sensorLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glassLight sensor, Proximity sensor

Talk time 7.00 hours
the average is 8 h (506 min)
4.30 hours
the average is 8 h (506 min)
Stand-by time 14.6 days (350 hours)
the average is 20 days (481 h)
12.2 days (293 hours)
the average is 20 days (481 h)
Music playback 60.00 hours 
Capacity2300 mAh1830 mAh1730 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Ion

System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055Qualcomm
Dual core, 1500 MHz, KraitSingle core, 1400 MHz, ScorpionSingle core, 1500 MHz, Snapdragon S2
Graphics processorAdreno 225Adreno 205Yes
System memory
1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (500 MHz)512 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes) / DDR2 (333 MHz)512 MB RAM
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB16 GB
Storage expansion   
Slot TypemicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC  

Camera8 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile16 megapixels, Immobile
FlashLEDDual LEDDual LED
Aperture size F2.2F2.6
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 28mm 
FeaturesAuto focus, Geo taggingAuto focus, Touch to focus, Video stabilizer, Exposure control, Geo taggingAuto focus, Face detection, ISO control, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama

1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
Recording format MPEG4, H.264 
FeaturesVideo callingContinuous autofocus in a video, Video callingContinuous autofocus in a video, Video calling
Front-facing camera1.9 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels

GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE 700 MHz Class 17, 1700/2100 MHz1700/2100 MHz
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGELTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

Related phones

  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yeah we all know it will be the TOP windows phone as of right now.

14. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

yep. I agree with that. But only for a week. Can't wait for nokia to release its newest lumia. Hoping to have pureview.

16. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

it's not even on sale yet, how could it be the top windows phone "as of right now"? It might not even be top windows phone when it launches if Nokia isn't just bluffing...

19. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Dont see much point of this comparison!

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Galaxy Ativ is going to kill Nokia. Nokia will file bankruptcy very soon.

3. SleepingOz unregistered

massive thumbsdown from Nokia fanboys soon!

4. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The only way Nokia will go down is if they keep sucking ATT's balls. My assumption is most will try to avoid ATT. They will be satisfied with either an HTC or Samsung hero phone on their carrier. Example Tmo and the rumored odyssey (?AtivS). Sorry no mid range Nokia for me nor waisting time and money switching to ATT just for a pureview Nokia phone.

5. guildsa654

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

wait till next week :)

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Looking forward to HTC most.

7. mudassarfa

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Nokia is only good for making basic model phones.

8. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

nokia will make better Windows Phone devices... sorry but samsung is better wtih android... but if nokia go android.. samsung is threaten... samsung was making WP devices a long time now.. and they dont even give it ads like they do to Android just make a WP this year yet it is the #1 WP manufacturer... so i think sammy should continue to spport their own OS, TIZEN coz it will have a future..coz they say that HTML5 is the future.. and make more android devices.... same goes to HTC!!! as for my opinion...if you buy WP, better buy a lumia.... rumor has it is that nokia lumia pureview is coming!!!

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am hoping the fact that Sammy bragged on this today shows they are taking WP8 much more seriously than their WP 7 offerings. The Focus family were top performers of each generation that they were offered in, so just a little more support and some advertising would do wonders. Tizen is a much more expensive and long road to travel than WP is. While I am curious to see it in action, Samsung could thrive in both Android and WP with the exclusives they are developing. Of course, Nokia is the premier WP handset maker. No doubt. Just saying this looks like a beast and is made from some good material. Well worth the luck if you are interested in WP 8.

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i really dont know how will tizen gonna be expensive..sammy should make it avaiable to all market... the bada line was terrible and expensive..symbian is better.... so sammy should cheaper the hardware of this tizen.. remember that firefox OS is also HTML5? but mozilla said that this OS can run on $50 samsung should do the ame if they want to push tizen...

9. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Specs aside, i still prefer Nokia's design, although now it's getting a bit lame to recycle N9's body.

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

they should make major changes.... i'll wait for lumia pureview.. but honestly ativ s is a sexy phone... i dont knw why samsung's design with android is terrible but this is lovable...

10. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

other than having a dual core processor, higher screen resolution and running on WP8. The Nokia Lumia 900 still feel like a much solid build phone than the Ativ S

13. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Because you have handled the AtivS already?

12. chris_t610

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 30, 2012


15. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Underneath its SGS3 hardware...let wait and see what Nokia has to show!

20. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

PA honestly speaking you are killing time there is no way to compare old generation wp7 phones with wp8 phones.

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