Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Spec-fight!

by Jerry D on August 7, 2013

If you compare the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Sony Xperia Z side-by-side, which one is the smartest? Does the 4.5-inch display on the Lumia 1020, outgun the one on the Xperia Z? How many gigabytes of storage can the Lumia 1020 squeeze in? Is the Xperia Z smaller, lighter or thinner? All of these questions are answered in the comparison below…

XXXX versus graphic Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z   Spec fight! XXXX

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Sony Xperia Z
Display 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 5.0-inch Reality
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064
Software Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1.2
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
41.0 Megapixels with Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, auto focus, touch focus, Xenon and LED flash, face detection, geo-tagging, image stabilization, dual capture, panorama and 1080p video recording 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.2MP Yes, 2.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4mm 71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm
Weight 158g 146g
Talktime 13.25 hours 14.0 hours
Standby 380 hours 530 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Dolby Digital Plus, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Lumia 1020 includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G connectivity is also baked in. Sony has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. You can tick 4G networking too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Size/Weight

How big are these phones? The Lumia 1020 measures 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm. In comparison, the Xperia Z is 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm. The Lumia 1020 is the shorter of the two phones by 8.6mm. Neither the Lumia 1020 or the Xperia Z is unwieldy. The former weighs 158g; the latter weighs a mere 146g. The Xperia Z is leading after the first two rounds. But can it hold on?
— The Xperia Z wins (1-2)

dyerware


Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Camera/Video

The design of the Nokia Lumia 1020 incorporates a 41.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of and Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, auto focus, touch focus, Xenon and LED flash, face detection, geo-tagging, image stabilization, dual capture, panorama and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 1.2MP camera on the front for making video calls.

Despite autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording, the Xperia Z’s 13.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. Another 2.2 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 1020 wins (2-2)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Display

So which screen is better? The Lumia 1020 boasts a AMOLED ClearBlack panel, which measures 4.5 inches across teh diagonal and delivering a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. By our calculations, this means that there are 983040 pixels overall, which translates to a sky-high 331.778 pixels per inch measurement.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 1020 features a 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 331.778.

In comparison, the Xperia Z’s touch-sensitive Reality screen is slightly larger, measuring 5.0 inches. It has a higher resolution too – 1080 x 1920 pixels. That’s full HD. Do the math again and, with 2073600 overall pixels here, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a striking 440.6.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Processor

Comparing the processors, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is powered by a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, clocked at 1.5GHz. The Xperia Z has a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 chip.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z

Five rounds gone, five still to go. At this stage, the Xperia Z enjoys a useful 2 point lead. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Lumia 1020 has to offer in the second half.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Software

Sony uses Android 4.1.2 on the Xperia Z. In comparison, Nokia goes with Windows Phone 8 on its phone.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Applications

Which OS is the most popular with developers? According to the stats, the Xperia Z has the fattest app store of the two. There are over 675000 apps on Google Play; while the Windows Phone Store has over 145000 apps available for download. With three rounds left, the Xperia Z has stayed out in front. Check the scores below – the Lumia 1020 is out of this big phone fight.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-6)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-7)

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Battery Life

Juiced up to full capacity, the Lumia 1020 boasts 13.25 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the Xperia Z is rated at 14.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 380 hours and 530 hours respectively. A loss for the Lumia 1020.
— The Xperia Z wins (3-8)

dyerware


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia Z – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 1020 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Dolby Digital Plus, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality. In comparison, the Xperia Z is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— It’s a tie, one point each (4-9)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins! (4-9)

The Sony Xperia Z wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 1020, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: No
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Yes
The most applications: Yes
The most storage: Comparable
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Comparable

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

    Other Posts You Might Like...

  1. Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Nokia Lumia 1020 – Fight!
  2. Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia ZL – Fight!
  3. Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 – Fight!
  4. Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Sony Xperia SP – Fight!
  5. Nokia Lumia 1020 vs. Google Nexus 4 – Fight!

Previous post:

Next post: