Difference between Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Key difference: The Lumia 1020 is the newest flagship phone by Nokia. It features a 41 MP camera and runs on Windows Mobile 8. Samsung Galaxy S4 is the flagship phone of the Samsung Corporation.

On July 23, 2013, Nokia announced the launch of its newest flagship phone, the Lumia 1020. The Lumia 1020 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.

After much anticipation, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S4, the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3. The new flagship phone boasts new features in a slightly smaller and sleeker design. The phone’s screen has been increased to a stunning almost 5 inches with only slight decrease in size of the phone. The screen is a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that provides a greater resolution of 1080 pixels, almost 441ppi density.

The phone is available with either the 1.6 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or the 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-core processor, depending on the market. It is available with 16/32/64 GB internal capacity options and if that is not enough it can be upgraded by another 64 GB using the SD slot. The S4 comes with 2 GB RAM, which has become a norm for smartphones these days.

The phone was launched with some new features such as Air Wave, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, as well as Group Play and Dual camera mode.

Comparison between Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4:

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


Nokia Lumia 1020

Samsung Galaxy S4

Launch Date

July 23, 2013

Q2 of 2013



Samsung Corporation


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

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm


4.5 inches AMOLED ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen

4.99 inches Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen


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

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)


Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning Gorilla Glass 3


158 g (5.57 oz)

130 g

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

4G Network

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

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

LTE availability depends on the market.


Windows Mobile

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.6 GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-Core processor depending on the market.


Adreno 225

PowerVR SGX 544MP3


Windows Phone 8

Android 4.2.2  (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4

Exynos 5 Octa 5410


2 GB

2 GB

SIM Size

Micro SIM


Internal Memory

32 GB, 64 GB (in some markets)

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory


Expandable up to 64 GB


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

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer


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

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, Infrared port.


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

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth 3.0

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE


microUSB 2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

41 MP, PureView

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, 720p@30fps

2 MP, zero shutter lag, BIS


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

1080p@30fps HD video

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
  • Dual camera
  • sound & shot
  • drama shot
  • group play
  • story album
  • simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face and smile detection
  • image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Cinema Photo
  • Eraser mode

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats


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

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player

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/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable 2000 mAh

Removable Li-on 2,600 mAh battery


Up to 384 h

Up to 370 h on 3G


Up to 19.1 h (2G), Up to 13.3 h (3G)

Up to 17 h on 3G

Available Colors

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

Black Mist and White Frost


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

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS, MS Exchange



HTML5, Adobe Flash


Stereo FM radio with RDS



with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, 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
  • Air Wave
  • Tilt
  • Smart Scroll
  • Smart Pause
  • Integrated Optical Reader
  • S Health
  • S Translator
  • S Voice assistant
  • S Memo note apps
  • Galaxy S Voice Drive
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)


Image Courtesy: nokia.com, samsung.com

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