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Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Edge – battle of the smartphone underdogs

For a long time, or the past year at least, the smartphone debate has been about two companies and two companies only: Samsung and Apple.

The two tech giants have been going head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy, the Galaxy S2, and the Galaxy Note.

And according to research company IDC, it is Apple who is winning that war at the moment. The latest figures, for the fourth quarter of 2011, show that Apple has a 23.5% share of the global smartphone market.

This beats the 22.8% currently held by Samsung. OK, so it’s not a huge margin, but it is significant nonetheless.

But these numbers could change in the coming months, as two other tech companies are gearing up for big things in 2012.

We’re talking about HTC and Nokia. While Samsung and Apple have been scrapping for top spot, HTC and Nokia have been ploughing away in the mid-table.

We are due a new device from both HTC and Nokia this year, in the form of the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Edge. So how do the two smartphones compare?

Nokia Lumia 900

Unveiled at CES last month, the Lumia 900 is due to be released in the US soon, although we’ve had no word on a UK release date just yet.

When it comes to specs, it’s fair to say Nokia is resting on its laurels somewhat. There is not a lot of difference between the 900 and the Lumia 800 that was released before Christmas.

We have a 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. The main difference for us is the size: the 900 will have a 4.3 inch display – bigger than the 800.

HTC Edge

No unveiling for this one yet, so we have to go on rumour alone. But if the rumours are true, then the Edge will be running the Lumia 900 into the ground.

It looks like we’ll be getting a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, as HTC wants to compete with the likes of Samsung.

As for the display, rumours abound that we’ll see a 4.7 inch display with a 1280 x 720 resolution – far better than the 800 x 480 on the Lumia 900.