Difference between Nokia Lumia 520 and Sony Xperia T

Key Difference: The Nokia Lumia 520 is a 4-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen smartphone that offers 480x800 pixels display, which offers approximately 233 ppi. The phone comes with 8 GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 64 GB. The phone offers 1 GHz on its dual-core snapdragon S4 and only 512 MB RAM, which is slightly disappointing. The Sony Xperia T is another model by Sony that was released in August 2012. It features a 4.55 inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It runs on a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon with 1 GB of RAM. It features Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0.4) out of the box but is upgradeable to Jelly Bean (v4.1).

Nokia is a Finnish cell phone company, well known for its superb battery power and durability of its phones, and is the only phone that has not yet integrated its smartphones with Android. Nokia has been single-handedly leading Microsoft Windows OS 8 in the smartphone market. Most of the smartphones have become a pricy accessory to own, and if people opt for a cheaper phone, they must sacrifice on some features. To make a mark in the low- to mid-range smartphone market, Nokia has announced the Lumia 520, which should be available in April 2013 in India (release dates for the rest of the world is yet unannounced) and is currently up for pre-orders on many websites. It has even reached to the second-spot following Samsung Galaxy Grand on the Indian website, Flipkart. The phone is a variant of its big brothers 820 and 920, minus some ‘flash’ features. The Lumia 520 is a 4-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen smartphone that offers 480x800 pixels display, which offers approximately 233 ppi. This is pretty good display screen for a mid-range smartphone.

The Lumia 520 is a bar phone with the straight sharp edges and is available with the standard Windows Tile layout. The phone comes with 8 GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 64 GB. The phone offers 1 GHz on its dual-core snapdragon S4 and only 512 MB RAM, which is slightly disappointing. Another let down is the lack of a secondary camera, which makes it difficult to video conferencing. The phone does offer a 5MP autofocus primary camera, with 4X digital zoom and no flash. However, the company claims to use the same digital lens that is found on the flagship. The camera offers features such as Landscape orientation, Auto and manual exposure, Auto and manual white balance, Cinemagraph lens and Smart Shoot lens. The smart shoot lens allows the user to change individual objects in the photo and replace them with objects from the other photos. For example: incase the user is taking photos of two people; however, he does not like the expression of one person in the photo, they can swap the face for another face from another photo. The phone is customizable with changeable shells. The phone has a monoblock casing with the sleep/wake button, camera button and volume buttons on the right-hand side of the phone. Nokia also offers the Windows Office, plus Nokia Music and Nokia Maps. The phone also offers many different features including 7GB free SkyDrive storage.

The Sony Xperia T is another model by Sony that was released in August 2012. It was one of the first few models that Sony has released after its break-up with Ericsson. It is Sony's first smartphone built on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 platform. It features a 4.55 inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It runs on a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon with 1 GB of RAM. It features Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0.4) out of the box but is upgradeable to Jelly Bean (v4.1).

The phone also has a 13 MP primary camera with a 1.3 MP front camera. The phone is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 1850 mAh battery. The phone also comes with pre-installed Sony apps called Walkman, and Movies. These are part of a pre-loaded software suite that allows for consuming and sharing a vast library of multimedia content.

Sony Xperia T has gotten very popular as it had been featured as James Bond's phone in the 2012 film, Skyfall. In fact, in some European countries, especially the UK, the phone is actually marketed as the Bond Phone.

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

 

Nokia Lumia 520

Sony Xperia T

Launch Date

April 2013

August 2012

Company

Nokia

Sony Corporation

Size

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm

129.4 x 67.3 x 9.4 mm

Display

4'' IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels, 4.55 inches (~323 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Scratch-resistant glass

Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Weight

124 grams

139g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - RM-914

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-915

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-917

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

N/A

No

GUI

Windows Phone 8

Timescape UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 305

Adreno 225

OS

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8227

Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon

RAM

512 MB

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

16 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

Expandable up to 32 GB

Sensors

Brightness control, Orientation sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, proximity

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

GSM, WCDMA, Micro-USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, DLNA Certified, aGPS, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Bluetooth technology, Native USB tethering, NFC, HDMI via MHL support, Synchronization via Exchange ActiveSync, SyncML, Microsoft, eCompass, Smart Connect

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Yes, v3.1 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

5MP, autofocus camera

13 MP, 4128x3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

No

1.3 MP, [email protected]

Video

[email protected]

Yes, [email protected], video stabilization

Camera Features

  • 1/4'' sensor size
  • Touch focus
  • Landscape orientation
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • Auto and manual white balance
  • Active toolbar
  • Full screen viewfinder
  • Geotagging
  • Automatic photo upload to web services
  • Full resolution photo and video upload
  • Cinemagraph lens
  • Bing vision
  • Smart Shoot lens
  • Panorama lens
  • Built-in digital camera lens
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • Image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

None

xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, GSM FR, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC, eAAC+/HEAACv2, ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 1850 mAh battery

Talktime

2G: 14.8 hours

3G: 9.6 hours

7 hours

Standby Time

3G: 360 hours

450 hours

Available Colors

Yellow, red, cyan, white/black

Black, White, Silver

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

No

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • Supersensitive touch (Glove touch)
  • OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
  • Business apps
  • Document formats supported: Excel, PDF, Word, Powerpoint
  • DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Security features
  • HERE Drive, HERE Maps, HERE Transit
  • 50 GB of Cloud storage (time limited offer)
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • TrackID music recognition
  • xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis, FLAC
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • PlayStation Certified
  • 3D and Motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Clear audio and clear bass
  • Headphone surround sound
  • TV launcher
  • Facebook with Xperia
  • "WALKMAN" app
  • "Movies" app

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, sonymobile.com

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