Difference between Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia Z

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. The Sony Xperia Z is the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. Sony launched Xperia Z in competition to Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5.

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.

Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are two phones that Sony has launched in competition to Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. These two phones are similar in design and features, with only slight alterations to the ZL. These phones are Sony’s plan to put itself back on the smartphone market. Sony announced the phones at the 2013 CES in January.

The Sony Xperia Z is the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. The phone is powered by Android and is one of the latest additions to phones launched by Sony after its separation from Ericsson. The Xperia Z is a bar phone that is available with 5 inch TFT touch screen that has approximately 441 ppi pixel density that produces a sharp and clear display. The design of the phone is focused on creating a balance and symmetry in all directions and is termed as “OmniBalance” by Sony.  The phone is held together by a skeleton frame made from glass fibre polyamide. The glass on the front and back are covered by shatterproof film. One of the amazing features about the phone is that it is dust and water resistance. It has captured attention for its ability to being submerged in water.

The phone differs from its predecessors in many ways. The company has also shifted the power button from the top of the phone to the middle of the right side making it easier for the person to operate the phone with one hand. The phone sports 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait, 2GB RAM with up to 16 GB internal memory storage capacity and up to 32 GB expandable storage available. The quad-core processor makes the phone pretty fast and powerful, though Wired Magazine claims that the phone is a bit slow during starting up the camera. The phone offers a 13.1 MP Exmor RS camera and a 2 MP 1080p Exmor R front camera. The camera reviews on almost every website have been spectacular claiming that phone produces crisp images and the quality of the pictures is good even in low-lighting situations. The phone also offers USB-on-the-go, which allows users to connect USB drives to the phone. The phone is also offered at a decent price is considerably worth the every penny it charges.

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 Z

Launch Date

November 2012

February 2013



Sony Mobile


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

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm


IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

TFT, 16M colors


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

1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)


Corning Gorilla Glass 2 -  PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display

IP57 certified - dust and water resistant, water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes and shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.


185 g (6.53 oz)

146 g (5.15 oz)

2G Network

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

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - C6602, C6603

3G Network

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6603

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - C6602

4G Network

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

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - C6603


Windows Phone 8

Sony UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait


Adreno 225

Adreno 320


Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064




SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

Up to 16 GB

Expandable Memory


up to 32 GB


Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


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

4G LTE (100 mbps), GPS, GLONASS, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA, USB On-The-Go and MHL.



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 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL


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

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


Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and Burst Mode; 4128x3096 pixels

Secondary Camera

Yes, 1.3 MP, [email protected]

2 MP 1080p Exmor R


Yes, [email protected], video stabilization

[email protected], continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, HDR

Camera Features

  • Carl Zeiss optics
  • optical image stabilization
  • autofocus
  • dual-LED flash
  • PureView technology
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • 16x digital zoom
  • HDR for both picture/film
  • Face detection
  • Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
  • Geotagging
  • Image stabilizer
  • Picture Effect
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Smile detection
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

Mono with high dynamics, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

xLoud Experience, 3D Surround Sound (VPT)

Audio supported formats


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


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


Battery Capacity

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

Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery


Maximum 3G standby time: 460 h

Up to 550 hours

Talk time

Maximum 2G talk time: 18.6 h

Maximum 3G talk time: 10.8 h


Up to 11 hours

Available Colors

Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White

Black, White, Purple


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

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






Stereo FM radio with RDS


Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS



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
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
  • MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded Google applications

Image Courtesy: nokia.com, sonymobile.com

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