What’s the difference? Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

by Jerry D on February 22, 2013

If you set the Nokia Lumia 820 against the Nokia Lumia 920 in a winner-takes-all stat-battle over 10 tech rounds, which one wins? Is the 4.3-inch display on the Lumia 820 more high tech than the 4.5-inch screen on the Lumia 920? Discover which handset triumphs in this big phone fight by looking at the table and the analysis below…

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Nokia Lumia 820 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 820 VS Nokia Lumia 920
Display 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(216.977 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 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
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p 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
Yes Yes
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 68.5 x 123.8 x 9.9mm 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7mm
Weight 160g 185g
Talktime 8.0 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 330 hours 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, free SkyDrive storage and it’s available in multiple colours GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

Nokia Lumia 820 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 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 fight plays out…

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Lumia 820 lists NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR as the core connectivity options. Data downloads will zip over 4G (if your network supports it). Nokia’s Lumia 920, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. 4G is also included.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Size/Weight

Size matters. The Lumia 820 is a neat 123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9mm handset. While Nokia’s phone is 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm. The Lumia 820 is the smaller phone. The Lumia 920 is beefier than its opponent, weighing 185g. In contrast, the Lumia 820 weighs 160g. The Lumia 820′s balanced size and weight gives it the lead.
— The Lumia 820 wins (2-1)

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Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Camera/Video

The Lumia 820′s 8.0 MP lens features a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 0.3MP (VGA) camera on the front for making video calls.

The two phones match each other for megapixels – the Lumia 920 also packs a 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Display

The Lumia 820 features a touch-sensitive AMOLED ClearBlack display, 4.3 inches across with a quoted resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. In terms of pixel density, the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement is a below average 216.977.

XXXX pointy arrow The Nokia Lumia 820 features a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 216.977.

Lumia 920′s touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD display is roomier at 4.5 inches. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a top-end 331.778.
— The Lumia 920 wins (3-3)

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (4-4)

Half-time: Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

At the halfway point, the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920 have 4 points each.There’s all to play for as we approach the next round: software…

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Software

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

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Applications

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

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Storage

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

Nokia Lumia 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Battery Life

Comparing the battery life, Nokia’s spec sheet lists 8.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 10.0 hours for the Nokia Lumia 920. As for standby time, the phones can last for 330 hours and 400 hours respectively. The Lumia 920 steals the round.
— Lumia 920 (7-8)

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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 820 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (8-9)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 920 wins! (8-9)

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