Difference between Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia SP

Key difference: One of the first smartphones under the brand is the Nokia Lumia 920. The Nokia Lumia 920 was one of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012 as its flagship phone. In March 2013, it also announced its revamped cell phone line up. In addition to the high and mighty Z, the company has also announced the launch of the mid-range cell phone Xperia SP. The SP model combines features from the Sony’s 2012 models S and P as well retains some features from flagship.

Nokia is a Finland-based multinational communications and information technology corporation. 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 920. The Nokia Lumia 920 was one of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012 as its flagship phone. At the same time, Nokia launched Nokia Lumia 820, as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Nokia Lumia 920.

Nokia Lumia 920 has a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait and a 1 GB RAM. The phone has 8 GB internal memory and an external memory expandable up to 64 GB. It features an 8 MP primary camera with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. It also has a 1.3 MP front-facing secondary camera.

The phone is available in a variety of bright colors, such as black, gray, red, yellow, and white. The newest and most distinguishing feature of the Lumia 920 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.

The device has been criticized as being heavy and bulky. 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.

Sony announced the launch of its most anticipated smart phone the Xperia Z in January. In March 2013, it also announced its revamped cell phone line up. In addition to the high and mighty Z, the company has also announced the launch of the mid-range cell phone Xperia SP. The SP model combines features from the Sony’s 2012 models S and P as well retains some features from flagship.

The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. The phone is available with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with no word on if it is upgradeable to the 4.2 version. The phone has 8 GB worth of internal space, of which only 5.8 GB is available to the users; however, fret not Sony also offers a SD card slot that is expandable up to 32 GB.

For all the camera shutterbugs, the SP houses the 8MP Exmor RS camera that gives brilliant and sharp images in low-lighting, back-lighting and snaps shots with low noise. The camera also has features such as Superior Auto that uses Scene Recognition to automatically adjust the photo setting. Additionally, it also offers 16x digital zoom, autofocus and pulsed LED flash. One of the old features that have been revamped is the notification light from the Xperia P. The notification light has been added as a see through strip on the bottom of the handset. The notification light is customizable and the user can add different lights to different callers. The lights also changes pulse rate during songs. The notification light is visible on the both sides of the phone, making it easier to determine the caller through the light when the phone is placed faced down. The phone also offers aluminum power button the right panel and has also brought back the physical camera button. However, the phone isn’t able to record HDR video. Sony has not yet announced the prices and the launch dates for the phone.

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

 

Nokia Lumia 920

Sony Xperia SP

Launch Date

November 2012

Q2 of 2013

Company

Nokia

Sony Mobile

Size

130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm, 99 cc (5.13 x 2.79 x 0.42 in)

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm

Display

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

Screen

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~332 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 -  PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass

Weight

185 g (6.53 oz)

155 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - RM-821, RM-820

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-821, RM-820

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - RM-821

LTE availability depends on the market.

GUI

Windows Phone 8

Sony unified UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core

GPU

Adreno 225

Adreno 320

OS

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon

RAM

1 GB RAM

1GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

32 GB

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

Expandable Memory

No

Expandable up to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Connectivity

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 v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, USB tethering, USB charging and USB High speed

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

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

HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

Secondary Camera

Yes, 1.3 MP, [email protected]

VGA

Video

Yes, [email protected], video stabilization

[email protected] HD video recording, video stabilization

Camera Features

Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED flash, PureView technology, geo-tagging, touch focus

Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection

HDR for picture

Sweep Panorama

Flash - pulsed LED and photo light

Image stabilization

Geo-tagging

Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

Mono with high dynamics, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

xLoud Experience, 3D surround sound, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

Audio supported formats

Codecs: MP3, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC, eAAC+/HEAACv2

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

MP3, AVI, 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG-TS, SMF, WAV, Ogg vorbis, FLAC

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

3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BP-4GW)

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

Stand-by

460 h

734 hours

Talk time

2G talk time: 18.6 h

3G talk time: 10.8 h

 

18.8 h

Available Colors

Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White

Black, White and Red

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML

Radio

No

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
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer/editor
  • 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
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Glove mode
  • Light effects
  • Transparent / Aluminum frame
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • TV launcher
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Pre-loaded applications
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, sonymobile.com

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