Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 27, 2013

Is the Nokia Lumia 520 a superior phone to the Nokia Lumia 610? Does the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520, outgun the one on the Lumia 610? Is Lumia 520‘s Windows Phone 8 software enticing? How does the Lumia 610’s 131g build compare? Find out which one wins this big phone fight in the table below…

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610: 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 520 VS Nokia Lumia 610
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 3.7-inch LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(252.162 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 7.5
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection and VGA video recording
Front
camera
No No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 62.0 x 119.0 x 12.0mm
Weight 124g 131g
Talktime 9.6 hours 9.5 hours
Standby 360 hours 720 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and a stereo FM radio

 

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 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 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Lumia 520 lists 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP as the core connectivity options. There’s no support for 4G. As for the Lumia 610, Nokia has built it with 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11 Wi-Fi as standard. No 4G here either.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Size/Weight

Time for a little size vs size. The Lumia 610 is the slimmer of the two phones with a depth of 9.9mm. The Lumia 520 is wider, measuring 64.0mm to the Lumia 610′s 62.0mm. If weight is an issue, then the Lumia 610 is 131g, while Nokia’s phone is 124g. The Lumia 610 falls behind, but there are eight rounds left.
— The Lumia 520 wins (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 520′s built-in camera has a resolution of 5.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. The Lumia 610 also sports a 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection and VGA video recording), so there’s no real difference in camera quality.

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Display

Nokia has built the Lumia 520 with a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The IPS LCD screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is 233.25.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.25.

The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Lumia 610 is smaller, measuring 3.7 inches. The screen resolution matches that of the Lumia 520. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 252.162.
— The Lumia 520 wins (4-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Processor

The spec sheets show that inside the Lumia 520 there’s an dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip, rated at 1GHz. The Lumia 610 boasts an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor.
— The Lumia 520 wins (5-2)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610

We’re halfway through this fight and the Lumia 520 leads by 3. Of course, this deficit can be overturned. But is the Lumia 610 good enough to fight back?

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (7-4)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Storage

Next up, the storage fight. The Nokia Lumia 520 is only available in one configuration with 8GB of storage. Ditto the Nokia Lumia 610. They both have the same amount of storage space.  But the Lumia 520 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 72GB. Unlike its rival, the Lumia 610 is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 8GB.
— The Lumia 520 wins (8-4)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Battery Life

With a full charge, Nokia’s spec sheet lists 9.6 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 9.5 hours for the Nokia Lumia 610. As for standby time, the phones can last for 360 hours and 720 hours respectively. The point goes to the Lumia 520 this time.
— Lumia 520 (9-4)

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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 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 610 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Lumia 610 features GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass and a stereo FM radio.
— The Lumia 610 wins (9-5)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 520 wins! (9-5)

The Nokia Lumia 520 wins this match-up thanks to the best balance between size and weight, a lovely 4.0-inch 480 x 800 pixel display, speedier processor and the best battery life. Need we go on?

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