Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 1, 2013

There are questions we should be asking when judging the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 820. Questions like… Is the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520 a cut above the 4.3-incher on the Lumia 820? Does the Lumia 520 feature more storage space? Does the Lumia 820 have a superior camera? Find answers to these questions in the side-by-side comparison that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820: 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 820
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 0.3MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 64.0 x 119.9 x 9.9mm 68.5 x 123.8 x 9.9mm
Weight 124g 160g
Talktime 9.6 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 360 hours 330 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 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 820 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Lumia 520 includes 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G though. Nokia’s Lumia 820 comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR as standard. It also enjoys a 4G speed boost.
— The Lumia 820 wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Size/Weight

In this round, we compare heftiness. There’s not much of a gap between the two – the Lumia 520 is 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm; Nokia’s phone is 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm. Overall, the Lumia 520 is smaller. The Lumia 820 is heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 160g. The Lumia 520, meanwhile, weighs 124g.
— The Lumia 520 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Camera/Video

The design of the Nokia Lumia 520 incorporates a 5.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels plus autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording.

The Lumia 820 boasts superior technology – a 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Note the maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448pixels. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 820 wins (1-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Display

The design of Nokia’s Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. There are 384000 pixels overall, which translates to 233.25 pixels per inch.

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 4.3-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack screen on the Lumia 820 is bigger. The screen resolution matches that of the Lumia 520. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a ho-hum 216.977.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Processor

Comparing the processors, the Lumia 520′s core uses a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip, while the Lumia 820 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, rated at 1.5GHz.
— The Lumia 820 wins (2-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820

After five rounds, the Lumia 820 leads by 4-2. Of course, there are five rounds remaining and so the Lumia 520 isn’t beaten yet. Onto the next round: software…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (3-5)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (4-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (5-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 820 – Battery Life

Juiced up to full capacity, the Lumia 520 boasts 9.6 hours of talktime according to Nokia, while the Lumia 820 is rated at 8.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 360 hours and 330 hours respectively. A first place result for the Lumia 520.
— Lumia 520 (6-7)

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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 820 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (7-8)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 820 wins! (7-8)

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