Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Nokia Lumia 1020 – Fight!

by Jerry D on September 30, 2013

Is the Sony Xperia Z1 a superior phone to the Nokia Lumia 1020? Is the 5.0-inch screen on the Xperia Z1 superior to the 4.5-inch display on the Lumia 1020? How speedy is the quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor under the hood? Time for some answers…

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Nokia Lumia 1020: stat-fight

Here’s a comparison of these two phones. 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.

Sony Xperia Z1 VS Nokia Lumia 1020
Display 5.0-inch TRILUMINOS LCD 4.5-inch AMOLED ClearBlack
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Android 4.3 Windows Phone 8
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
20.7 Megapixels with Exmor RS 1/2.3-type CMOS, autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording 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
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
Size 74.0 x 144.0 x 8.5mm 71.4 x 130.4 x 10.4mm
Weight 170g 158g
Talktime 15.0 hours 13.25 hours
Standby 850 hours 380 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Info-eye, TrackID TV, TV-out and Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2 GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Dolby Digital Plus, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z1 wins!

The Sony Xperia Z1 wins this match-up. It beats the Nokia Lumia 1020 over 10 rounds (see below), winning 7 of them, drawing 2 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

  1. The best connectivity: Comparable
  2. The best size/weight: Yes
  3. The best camera/video: No
  4. The best display: Yes
  5. The best processor: Yes
  6. The best software: Yes
  7. The most applications: Yes
  8. The most storage: Comparable
  9. The best battery life: Yes
  10. The best extras: Yes

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