Difference between Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925

Key difference: The Lumia 1020 is the newest flagship phone by Nokia. It features a 41 MP camera and runs on Windows Mobile 8. Nokia Lumia 925 was a previous flagship phone of Nokia.

Nokia is a Finnish multinational communications and information technology corporation. Nokia’s phones have been famously known as being simple and durable.

Nokia announced the launch of its newest flagship phone, the Lumia 1020, on July 23, 2013. The Lumia 1020 directy succeeds the Nokia 808 PureView. The device comes with a 32 GB internal memory and a 2GB RAM. It is run on Windows Mobile 8. 

However, the most highlighted feature of the Lumia 1020 is the 41 MP camera with PureView technology. PureView utilizes a pixel oversampling technique, which reduces an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution picture while maintaining a higher definition and light sensitivity. It also allows for lossless zoom.

Due to this the phone is marketed towards amateur photographers and shutterbugs. However, also because of the camera, the phone is classified as a niche device, which is why is pricier than most high-end smartphones. A camera case accessory for the phone is also available, which turns the phone into a point and shoot camera. The case also allows the phone to be attached to a tripod.

One of the previous flagship phones of Nokia was the Nokia Lumia 925. The phone maintained a similar design to the previous Lumia phones but added a metal band. This was the first phone that would feature a mix of plastic and metal. However, the back is still made of polycarbonate plastic. The phone is made slim and light weight making it comfortable to hold. The phone’s frame is made of aluminum with only the back made of plastic. However, the back is non-removable so the battery is not easily accessible.

The phone comes in black, white or grey. It has a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen which takes up a good amount of space on the front, with the speaker and sensors on the top. The 4.5-inch capacitive screen has the same PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack that is found in Lumia 920. Under the hood, the phone is powered by Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, the same processor used in Lumia 920 and 928. The phone comes with Adreno 225 and 1 GB RAM.

The phone also comes with an 8.7MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. The camera comes with upgraded technology that uses a 1/3'' sensor size to take more high-res photos. The camera also comes with Nokia’s Smart Camera technology that allows taking 10 photos at once, which can then be altered to create the perfect photo. This is similar to the Zoe technology found on HTC One.

Comparison between Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Nokia Lumia website and GSMArena.com.


Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 925

Launch Date

July 23, 2013

June 2013





130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm (5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 in)

129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm


4.5 inches AMOLED ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen

4.5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen


768 x 1280 pixels, 16M colors (~332 ppi pixel density)

768 x 1280 pixels (~334 ppi pixel density), 16M colors


Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass 2


158 g (5.57 oz)

139 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

RM-875 and RM-877: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

RM-876: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-892, RM-893

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-910

4G Network

RM-875: LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

RM-877: LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - RM-892

LTE 700 / 1700 / 2100 - RM-893


Windows Mobile

Windows Phone 8

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait


Adreno 225

Adreno 225


Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8


Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon


2 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro SIM


Internal Memory

32 GB, 64 GB (in some markets)

16 GB

Expandable Memory




Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer

Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, Orientation sensor


GPRS, EDGE, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Channel bonding, NFC

SIM, microUSB, 3.5mm audio, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.


HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL


WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n


Bluetooth 3.0

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP; Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1


microUSB 2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

41 MP, PureView

8.7 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, 720p@30fps

1.3 MP, 720p@30fps


1080p@30fps, 4x lossless digital zoom, video light

1080p@30fps, video stabilization

Camera Features

  • Auto focus
  • Carl Zeiss Tessar lens
  • 1/1.5 inch Sensor size
  • f/2.2 aperture
  • 26 mm Camera focal length
  • Camera minimum focus range of 15 cm
  • 4.0 m Xenon flash
  • Optical image stabilization
  • PureView
  • Backside-illuminated image sensor
  • 6-lens optics
  • High resolution zoom 3x
  • Carl Zeiss optics
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Autofocus
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 1/3'' sensor size
  • PureView technology
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Digital camera add-ons
  • Full screen viewfinder
  • Automatic photo upload to web services
  • Full resolution photo and video upload
  • Creative Studio
  • 6-lens optics

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats


Audio playback file formats: ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

Video supported formats

Video playback codecs: VC-1, Windows video, H.264/AVC, H.263, MPEG-4

Video playback file formats: MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV

Video recording formats: MP4/H.264

MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV

Battery Capacity

Non-removable 2000 mAh

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BL-4YW)


Up to 384 h

3G: 440 hours



2G: Up to 19.1 h

3G: 13.3 h

2G: 18 hours

3G: 12 hours

Available Colors

Black, White, Yellow, Red (in select markets)

Black, White, Gray


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM





Stereo FM radio with RDS

FM radio


with A-GPS support and GLONASS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS




Additional Features

  • 7 GB Free cloud storage
  • Wireless Charging
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Alarm clock, Reminders, To-do list, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
  • Business apps: Adobe acrobat reader free download, Lync (Corporate IM) free download, SkyDrive storage for documents and notes, Company Hub for enterprise applications, Office apps: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote
  • Photography apps: Nokia Pro Camera, Nokia Smart Camera, Creative Studio, Cinemagraph, PhotoBeamer, Nokia Glam Me Lens, Panorama
  • Music apps: Nokia Music, Mix Radio
  • Navigation features: Public transportation routing guidance, Save favorite destinations, Free maps, Live traffic information, Free voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation, Offline maps, Speed limit warnings, LiveSight, Free turn-by-turn walk navigation
  • General Security features: Remote device locking via Internet, Secure NFC, Track and Protect via internet, Firmware update, Remote wipe of user data via Internet, Device lock, Device passcode, PIN code, Firmware and OS integrity check, Secure device start-up, Online back-up and restore, Application sandboxing and integrity check
  • PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
  • Brightness control
  • High brightness mode
  • Sunlight readability enhancements
  • Refresh rate 60 Hz
  • Sculpted glass
  • Easy to clean
  • Nokia Glance screen
  • Lumia Color profile
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Super-sensitive touch
  • DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Wireless charging only with accessory cover
  • 7GB Cloud Storage
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: nokia.com

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