Nokia Lumia 900 vs Nokia Lumia 800 – What’s the difference?

Nokia is back in action with the awesomeness of its devices, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Last year a deal between these two gave birth to all new Windows Phone devices named Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. It was strongly rumoured that Nokia is set to launch another Windows Phone 7 device at CES 2012 making an addition to the existing Lumia series.

As per the expectations, yesterday at CES, Nokia announced the Lumia 900 which is a close successor to the old Nokia Lumia 800. Have a quick look towards the hardware specifications of Nokia Lumia 900.

CPU: 1.4 GHz Scorpion
RAM: 512 MB
Screen Size: 4.3 inches (480 x 800 pixels)
Display: AMOLED
Storage: 16 GB
Camera: 8 MP Rear, 1.3 MP Front
Operating System: Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

Nokia Lumia 900 vs Nokia Lumia 800

These phones somewhat look exactly the same, though different in dimensions Nokia Lumia 900 sports some additional features over Lumia 800. This time Nokia hasn’t made any hardware changes leading to phone’s system performance but added some extra cheese over the existing hardware. What’s the difference between these two?

The difference between Nokia Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 lies in,

  • Screen Size
  • Display
  • Dimensions
  • Data Speed
  • Camera
  • NFC
  • Battery

Like you can see in the above specifications, Nokia has kept CPU and RAM, the same as Nokia Lumia 800. 

Adding the above features to the existing Lumia 800, it becomes Nokia Lumia 900. Let’s go deep into these new features,

Screen Size

Nokia Lumia 900 sports whole new 4.3inch screen which Nokia has ever added to any of its phone. Whereas its predecessor has 3.7inch screen with the same screen resolution. Even after increasing the screen size in Lumia 900, the stock resolution is kept the same. Both Lumia 900 and Lumia 800 features 480×800 resolution. Since Lumia 800 has small screen size, it gives better pixel density than the Lumia 900.


Though both the phones have Clear Black ‘AMOLED’ display, they actually are not the same. Lumia 900 is kept away from the PenTile Matrix display which can be seen in Lumia 800. Nokia is really playing well in case of Lumia 900, the PenTile Matrix displays must be avoided if you want better display.

As Lumia 900 comes with big screen and with same resolution hence the pixel density is low. If PenTile display is used in this case, your display will be screwed and it will look worst than ever. That’s the reason why Nokia didn’t end up adding PenTile display in Lumia 900.


The screen size is considerably increased which resulted in increasing the phone’s dimensions. The phone is big in size where the new dimensions are 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm. Even after addition of few new features, the phone is even slim than Nokia Lumia 800 but bulky.

Data Speed

Among the highlighting features includes data speed. Lumia 900 sports 4G LTE network along with increase in the bandwidth for HSDPA from 14.1 Mbps to 21 Mbps. This makes Lumia to enter into the 4G competition lying beside some of the best phone with great speed, but of course it depends on your network carrier.


The primary camera remains the same along with its features found in Lumia 800. Alongside there is addition of a secondary camera in Lumia 900 which is 1.3 MP whose primary use will be video calling, it also supports video recording (VGA) at 30fps.


The 1450 mAh battery found in Lumia 800 has been replaced by 1830 mAh battery, yes it was indeed needed due to LTE capabilities. Lumia 800 battery had serious issues which will be fixed in software update. Hope Lumia 900 doesn’t give chance to complain.


Lumia 900 is much better than Lumia 800, of course it should be. Though the device performance remains the same, you get many additional features in it. I’ll remark this phone as an up to date phone from Nokia, well mainly for US carriers, we must say. Lumia 800 didn’t reach the sales expectations due to its price tag, I hope that Nokia this time corrects the mistake and gives a suitable price tag for Lumia 900, otherwise affordable Galaxy’s can be easily found in the markets.