Mark Lerner
Mark Lerner

February 13, 2013

Windows Phone - Nokia Lumia 920 SAR

The OS wars are heating up and Microsoft has thrown it's hat in the ring. The software giant made it's first headway into the mobile market with the launch of Windows 7 phone and it is now pushing even further into territory once owned by the two biggets players in the market with the Windows 8 phone.

Nokia is one of Microsoft's most important partners for launching the Windows 8 Phone. The Nokia Lumia 920 stands out from the contenders with a unique design, good camera and additional apps. 



The Lumia 920 is Nokia's latest flagship device for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform. The new OS is Windows' most recent shot at taking a bite out of the mobile market share, but with competition like Apple and Google, it's a difficult task to say the least. 

Lumia 920 is a good looking handset, but it’s large and rather bulky as well. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 8 on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor of the 1.5GHz dual core variety (Krait with 1GB RAM). The OS on its own is smooth and quite fluid and there’s a slight (only a slight) improvement in motion blur reduction while scrolling thanks to the PureMotion HD+ display. The Windows phone 8 platform offers quite a bit in terms of it being a very user friendly, clutter free setup.

One of the biggest complaints about the Microsoft OS is the lack of apps available. While Android and iOS powered devices give users the choice of literally millions of apps, Windows phone is severly lagging in this department. 

All Phones in the United States and Europe must be qualified/certified by a regulatory body before being sold in the market. In the United States this body is the FCC and their maximum SAR value allowed is 1.6 W / kg. 

We have done several studies on the SAR values of various new phones, and with the great hype surronding the release Nokia Lumia 920, we decided we should include it in our list. The 920's predecessor, the Lumia 800 had an SAR value that was down right scary, coming quite close to the absolute limit set by the FCC, so we wanted to see if the Nokia Lumia 920 SAR faired any better:

We have put together an evolving list of the most popular phones and their SAR levles and rated them from 1-10. 

Position Device SAR (in W/Kg)
1 Samsung Galaxy Note II 0.171 W/Kg
2 Samsung Galaxy Note 0.209 W/Kg
3 Samsung Galaxy Nexus 0.303 W/Kg
4 Samsung Galaxy S3 0.342 W/Kg
5 Google/LG Nexus 4 0.550 W/Kg
6 HTC One S 0.687 W/Kg
7 Samsung Galaxy Ace 0.840 W/Kg
8 Apple iPhone 5 0.901 W/Kg
9 Blackberry Z10 0.970 W/Kg
10 Nokia Lumia 920 1.080 W/Kg
* Nokia Lumia 800 1.270 W/Kg

As you can see the Lumia 920 has taken the number 10 spot away from the Blackberry Z10 for highest SAR rating of all new phones, but it is certainly a step in the right direction from the previous model, the Lumia 800. The Nokia Lumia 800 has the highest SAR rating we have seen since the old Blackberry  9700 (which had an SAR rating of 1.37 W/Kg).

The Nokia Lumia 920, according to standards-related measures of the FCC, has a SAR of 1.08 W / Kg, which tops our current list of popular phones with the highest SAR rating. 

As you can see, Samsung as a company, occupies the top spots on the SAR table and it seems that Microsoft phones are begginning to occupy the bottom of our list, but as new phones for this OS come out we will see if this trend continues.

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