Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 2, 2013

Compare the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 720 side-by-side… Does the 4.5-inch screen on the Lumia 920, beat the display on the Lumia 720? Does the Lumia 920 feature more storage space? A faster processor? Does the Lumia 720 have the best camera? All of these questions are answered in the table that follows…

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720: 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 920 VS Nokia Lumia 720
Display 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD 4.3-inch IPS Clearblack LCD
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 32GB internal, no expansion slot 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 6.7 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR 3.0 with A2DP
Size 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7mm 67.5 x 127.9 x 9.0mm
Weight 185g 128g
Talktime 10.0 hours 13.3 hours
Standby 400 hours 520 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage

 

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 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 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Connectivity

The wireless talents of the Lumia 920 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. It also includes 4G connectivity where available. In comparison, the Lumia 720 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. No 4G in this model though.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-0)

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Size/Weight

How thin do you like your phones? The Lumia 920 and the Lumia 720 measure 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm and 127.9 x 67.5 x 9.0mm respectively. Overall the Lumia 920 is the bigger phone. As for weightiness, the Lumia 920 is heavier than the Lumia 720, tipping the scales at 185g, compared to the Lumia 720′s 128g.
— The Lumia 720 wins (1-1)

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 920 is equipped with an 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 1.3MP camera on the front for making video calls.

Can the Lumia 720 beat that. While it has a lower-spec camera – a 6.7 Megapixel model, the Carl Zeiss lens does boast a f/1.9 aperture that lets in more light than the 920. There’s also autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging and 720p video recording functionality. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.3MP. Taking all these features into account…
— The Lumia 920 wins (2-1)

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Display

As for screen size, the Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.5-inch (768 x 1280) touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is a stellar 331.778 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 920 features a 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 331.778.

Lumia 720′s touch-sensitive IPS Clearblack LCD screen is smaller at 4.3 inches. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution is no match for the Nokia display. With 384000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is an unexciting 216.977 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 920 wins (3-1)

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Processor

So how fast do these phones go? Under the hood the Lumia 720 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8227, rated at 1GHz. The Lumia 920′s processor is a faster 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip.
— The Lumia 920 wins (4-1)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720

At the halfway point, the Lumia 920 leads the Lumia 720 by 4-1. There are five more rounds to go. Can the Lumia 720 turn this around?

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Software

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

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Applications

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

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Storage

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

Nokia Lumia 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Battery Life

As for staying power… Nokia claims 10.0 hours of talktime for the Lumia 920, compared to 13.3 hours for the Lumia 720. Standby times are 400 hours and 520 hours respectively. No points for the Lumia 920 in this round.
— Lumia 720 (7-5)

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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 920 vs. Nokia Lumia 720 – Extras

Finally, the Lumia 920 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage. In comparison, the Lumia 720 features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, Gorilla Glass 2 and free SkyDrive storage.
— The Lumia 920 wins (8-5)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 920 wins! (8-5)

The Nokia Lumia 920 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 720, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 2.
You can see where the fight was won – the Lumia 920 has the best connectivity, a better 8.0MP camera, faster processor and a superior 4.5-inch 768 x 1280 pixel display. The 920 is Nokia’s flagship Lumia for a reason.

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