We compare – Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Nokia 808 PureView

s4zoom1808pureWith such emphasis of photo features in smartphones at the moment, we’re putting the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom up against the Nokia 808 PureView to see how they compare.

Under the bonnet, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom gets out of the blocks, powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The Nokia 808 PureView revs up on a ARM11 single-core CPU delivering up to 1.3GHz clock speed. Memory is important for any device and here, the Nokia unit has 1 GB of memory at its disposal while the Galaxy S4 Zoom receives a 1.5 GB cache. Screen quality goes a long way to setting your overall experience and here, the PureView runs a AMOLED capacitive touchscreen-type panel that measures 4.0 inches and delivers 360 x 640 pixels pixels. The Samsung also has a decent 4.3-inch display panel built from Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen technology but with 960×540-pixel resolution. With gaming so important in these devices, you’ll find the Nokia  gets a Broadcom BCM2763 graphics core and the Galaxy S4 Zoom runs through games on a graphics core yet to be revealed.

When it comes to internal long-term storage, the Zoom picks up 8 GB (5 GB user available) of flash storage while the PureView has 16 GB to play with. If that amount of internal storage isn’t enough, you can expand the Samsung Galaxy with microSD, up to 64 GB. Its rival Nokia also gets microSD, up to 32 GB to provide extra file space. If the operating system is a make-or-break option, you’ll find the Nokia runs Nokia Belle inside; the Galaxy S4 Zoom features Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) to handle apps and games.

Battery capacity is generally growing in all devices and here, the Zoom comes with a 2330mAh Li-Ion battery inside while the Nokia unit has a 1400mAh Li-Ion to keep it powered up.

You get good network coverage from both devices with the Samsung unit featuring 2G support over the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands and 3G coverage via 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz; as for the PureView, it provides 3G coverage over 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz while it uses the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz ranges to deliver 2G connectivity. Wireless connectivity is deliver through the 802.11 a/b/g/n-standard options inside the Zoom. The PureView isn’t left behind, providing 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking. For close-proximity features, the Nokia gets the job done with Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP; so too the S4 Zoom with its Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP support on-board.

If you need a camera, camera functionality is the major selling point with both of these phones. The Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 1.9 MP image sensor on the front but its main deal is a high-quality 16 MP sensor with Xenon flash and 10X-optical zoom lens on the back for better quality photos. The Nokia 808 PureView doesn’t miss out, with a 41 MP – 38 MP effective (7152 x 5368 pixels) image sensor packing in Carl Zeiss optics on the back while a simpler VGA camera on the front gets the job done. If you’re looking for video recording on either device, the Galaxy S4 Zoom can handle up to 1080p@30fps while the 808 PureView also tops out at 1080p@30fps.

And finally, in this Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Nokia 808 PureView battle, you get all of those features inside a 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm package for the S4 Zoom weighing 208 grams. The PureView measures 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm and weighs in at 169 grams. The  Zoom was announced in June 2013 while the Nokia 808 PureView first appeared in February 2012.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.

ModelSamsung Galaxy S4 ZoomNokia 808 PureView
Processordual-coreARM11 single-core
ClockUp to 1.5GHzUp to 1.3GHz
GPU typeTBABroadcom BCM2763
Screen size (inches)4.34.0
Screen resolution540 x 960 pixels360 x 640 pixels
Screen typeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreenAMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)Nokia Belle
Internal storage8 GB (5 GB user available)16 GB
External storagemicroSD, up to 64 GBmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Battery type2330mAh Li-Ion1400mAh Li-Ion
- standby timeNot availableNot available
- talk timeNot availableNot available
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv3.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Rear camera16 MP (autofocus pixels) with Xenon flash and 10X-optical zoom lens41 MP (38 MP effective (7152 x 5368 pixels) with Carl Zeiss optics
Front camera1.9 MPVGA; VGA@30fps video recording
Video recordingUp to 1080p@30fpsUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm, 95.5 cc
Weight208 grams169 grams
Announce DateJune 2013February 2012

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