Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on February 28, 2013

There are things we should ask when comparing the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 920. Things like… Does the 4.0-inch display on the Lumia 520, trump the Lumia 920’s 4.5-inch screen? Is its dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 processor closer to the cutting edge? Compare the two phones for yourself in the table that follows.

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920: 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 920
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 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 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
No Yes, 1.3MP
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 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7mm
Weight 124g 185g
Talktime 9.6 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 360 hours 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

 

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 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 920 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the Lumia 520 include 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. 4G isn’t supported. The Lumia 920 has NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. More importantly, it supports 4G too.
— The Lumia 920 wins (0-1)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Size/Weight

Run the numbers on these two phones and we get the following. The Lumia 520 has dimensions of 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9mm; the Lumia 920 is 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm. The Lumia 920 is the chunkier handset of the two. Weighing 124g, the Lumia 520 is 61g lighter than the Lumia 920, which weighs 185g.
— The Lumia 520 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 520′s 5.0 MP lens features an array of goodies such as: autofocus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. Photos taken with the camera will have a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. No front camera, however.

The Lumia 920 beats its opponent with an improved 8.0 Megapixel lens with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.3MP.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-2)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Display

Display size is key and the Lumia 520 features a 4.0-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive IPS LCD screen. It has 384000 pixels onscreen overall, which works out at 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.

In contrast, the 4.5-inch touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD display on Nokia’s phone is bigger, measuring 4.5 inches. In comparison, there are 983040 pixels onscreen, giving the Lumia 920 a strong pixel density of 331.778 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-3)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Processor

Assessing the CPUs, we find that the Nokia Lumia 520 has been constructed around a dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 chip, clocked at 1GHz. The Lumia 920 has a faster dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

At the halfway point, the Lumia 920 has a solid 3 point lead. But this fight is far from over. With five more rounds to go, the Lumia 520 still has a chance to win.

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (2-5)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (3-6)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-7)

Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Battery Life

Juiced up overnight, Nokia says that its Lumia 520 can deliver 9.6 hours of talktime, while the Lumia 920 is rated at 10.0 hours. Meanwhile, standby time is quoted as 360 hours and 400 hours respectively The Lumia 520 comes second in this round and the 920 stretches its lead again.
— Lumia 920 (4-8)

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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 920 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 520 also includes GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Lumia 920 features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage.
— The Lumia 920 wins (4-9)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 920 wins! (4-9)

The Nokia Lumia 920 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 520, taking 6 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 1.
What are the key differences? The Lumia 920 has the best connectivity (hello 4G…), a smart 8.0 Megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a better display, a faster processor and the best battery life. It’s no contest really.

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