SpecWars: Nokia Lumia 800 vs Nokia N9

Windows Phone
Oliver Hill

Nokia has recently announced several new additions to their range, one of which being the new Nokia Lumia 800. But how does Nokia’s new device compare to Nokia’s older premier device, the Nokia N9? Read on to find out.

SpecWars: Nokia Lumia 800 vs Nokia N9

If you managed to watch the Nokia keynote a few hours ago, you may have noticed the unveiling of the new Lumia 800 device. Although the

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Lumia 800 looks near identical to that of its N9 compatriot, there have definitely been some changes on the inside of the device. But which one deserves your hard-earned cash? Is the Lumia 800 worth an upgrade if you own a N9 already?


The display

One of the more surprising aspects regarding the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 800. The internet has been swamped with rumours speculating that Nokia would be unveiling a 4″ screen, sadly this hasn’t come to fruition. The Lumia 800 sports a 3.7 inch AMOLED display and 800 x 480 resolution, a slightly smaller size than the 3.9 inch screen on the Nokia N9. It does seem a slightly strange m

ove for Nokia to do this, but we will reserve judgement until we get our hands on the device. One reason that Nokia may have made the screen slightly smaller could be to help the Windows Phone OS (Mango 7.5

) run better? Perhaps.

The processor

The Nokia N9 wasn’t sluggish in the slightest, and under its bonnet was a 1GHz Texas Instrument processor which dealt with most tasks easily enough. Although we were impressed with the processor at the time, with dual-core processors becoming more common in phones, 1GHz does seem to pretty dated now. We wasn’t expecting to see a massive improvement to the processor in the Lumia 800, but a tidy 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor has been packed into the device, which should be swift enough to handle what the phone has to offer.

The camera

Not much has changed in this area of the phone, with the the Lumia 800 sporting the same 8-megapixel dual-LED flash camera that appeared on the N9. However, the VGA front facing camera on the N9 doesn’t feature on the new device.

The weight and thickness

The Lumia 800 might seem to be a little flabby to some people, weighing in at 142g, a mere 7g more than the N9. With regards to thickness, both devices are a subtle 12.1mm in size.

The battery life

The one area which has seen a decent improvement is the battery life of the new Lumia 800. The N9 boasted up to 11 hours of talk time, not too shabby when you compare it to other lea

ding phones, but the Lumia 800 has been quoted of being able to handle 13 hours of talk time before you’ll be needing the charger.

From the specifications and details that have been released, it seems Nokia’s new device will be a small step in the right direction. Although there isn’t any major changes, it will be intriguing to see how the Mango OS looks on the new Lumia 800. Look out for our hands on with the new device soon enough.

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