Difference between Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC One X

Key difference: One of the first smartphones under the brand is the Nokia Lumia 820. The Nokia Lumia 820 was first of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012, as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Nokia 920. The HTC One X is a popular product of the HTC Corporation. It comes with Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

Nokia is a multinational communications and information technology corporation based in Helsinki, Finland. Nokia’s phones have been famously known as being simple and durable. In 2012, it was the world’s second largest mobile phone maker by unit sales, following Samsung. However, the sales of Nokia have been decreasing as more and more of the market shifts towards smartphones such as iPhones and Androids. In an attempt to offset their decreasing sales, Nokia tied up with Microsoft to release its own line of smartphones, the Nokia Lumia running on Windows Phone Operating Software.

One of the first smartphones under the brand is the Nokia Lumia 820. The Nokia Lumia 820 was first of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012, as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Nokia Lumia 920. It has a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and a 1 GB RAM. The phone has 8 GB internal memory and an external memory expandable up to 64 GB.

Nokia Lumia 820 features an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, as well as Carl Zeiss optics. It also has a VGA secondary front-facing camera for self photo shots and video calling. The phone is available in a variety of bright colors, such as black, gray, red, yellow, white, blue, and violet. In fact, the phone comes with back panels in these colors allowing the user to change the phone’s color every few days.

The newest and most distinguishing feature of the Lumia 820 is that the phone is capable of wireless charging. However, the wireless charging mat is not included with the phone and has to be purchased separately.

However, the phone has been criticized as being chunky and heavy. Another issue with the phone, in fact all the Windows phones, is that it comes with the Internet Explorer browser built-in, which can be quite lagging at times, and the phones do not support any other browsers. Furthermore, the collection of apps available on Windows is quite limited, especially as compared to the apps available for Android and Apple.

An OEM which has Android based devices in the market is the HTC Corporation. The Taiwan-based company is considered one of the key players in the market of smartphones and tablets. One of its range of popular products are the HTC One Series. These included HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC One V, etc. One of the most popular ones of these is the HTC One X.

HTC One X was initially announced as the flagship product of the HTC One series. It comes with a 4.7-inch super LCD 2 with 1280 x 720 (HD, 720p) and Corning Gorilla Glass. The HTC comes with Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is upgradable to v4.1.1 Jelly Bean. When the HTC One X was launched it was the first phone to be offered with a quad-core processor among the HTC smart phones, making it the fastest HTC phone to date. It includes a 1.5 GHz, quad-core (global version) and 1.5 GHz, dual-core LTE version (USA and selected countries) along with ULP GeForce GPU and 1GB RAM. The phone is offered with non-expandable, 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity.

The phone is a predecessor to the HTC One X+, which is an upgrade on this phone. The phone offers a better battery at 1800 mAh compared to the older devices, which would die pretty fast. The device offers Beats by Dr. Dre, making it a pretty awesome music player. It offers an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor, along with a 1.3 megapixel, 720p secondary camera. However, the device does offer a physical camera button and only has an onscreen click button. The device’s image processor, HTC's ImageChip, removes noise, balance color and extends depth of field.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Nokia website, the HTC website, cnet.co.uk, and GSMArena.com.


Nokia Lumia 820


Launch Date

November 2012

May 2012



HTC Corporation


123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, 83.5 cc (4.87 x 2.70 x 0.39 in)

134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm


AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.7-inch super LCD 2


480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)

1280 x 720 (HD, 720p)


ClearBlack display

Corning Gorilla Glass


160 g (5.64 oz)

130 grams with battery

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

HSPA/WCDMA: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600



Windows Phone 8

HTC Sense 4.0

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.5 GHz, quad-core (global version); 1.5 GHz, dual-core LTE version (USA and selected countries)


Adreno 225

ULP GeForce


Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Nvidia Tegra 3




SIM Size



Internal Memory

8 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 64 GB



Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Gyro sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor.


Micro-USB charging connector, 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro-USB-B connector, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding

Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, micro-USB 2.0





HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


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

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


Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth with aptX™ enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)


microUSB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels

8 megapixel camera with auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor. F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens

Secondary Camera

Yes, VGA

1.3 MP, 720p


Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization

1080p HD video recording, stereo sound rec., video stabilization

Camera Features

Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus

Capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video, Dedicated imaging chip, Continuous shooting mode, captures multiple snapshot, Auto flash smartly determined by distance from your subject, Video stabilization feature, High quality slow motion video capture and playback.

Sound Enhancement

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Beats Audio

Audio supported formats


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

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

Recording: .amr

Video supported formats

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

Video playback file formats: MP4, WMV, 3GP, M4V

Video recording formats: MP4/H.264

Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

Recording: .mp4

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery (BP-5T)

1800 mAh

Available Colors

Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Violet

Gray, White


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

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



HTML, Adobe Flash



Stereo FM radio with RDS


Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support



Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Fixed dialling number, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
  • Business apps: Adobe acrobat reader free download, Lync (Corporate IM) free download, Office: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote, SkyDrive storage for documents and notes
  • Document formats supported: Excel, PDF, Word, Powerpoint
  • Sync type: Exchange ActiveSync, Windows companion app, Mac companion app
  • Sync content: Calendar, To-do list, Video, Pictures, Music, Contacts
  • Game features: DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Free 25GB storage of Dropbox
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, gsmarena.com

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