Difference between Nokia Lumia 925 and HTC One

Key Difference: Nokia has recently announced its new flagship phone the Nokia Lumia 925. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen which takes up a good amount of space on the front, with the speaker and sensors on the top. The 4.5-inch capacitive screen has the same PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack that is found in Lumia 920. HTC has launched its flagship phone HTC One with a brand new Qualcomm quad-core processor which sports a 4.7 inch Super LCD3 screen, with Full HD1080p, 468 PPI and corning gorilla glass 2.

Nokia has recently announced its new flagship phone the Nokia Lumia 925. This phone is in lines with the other new Nokia Lumia 928, but differs from its cousin in many ways. The Nokia Lumia 925 was also known as “Catwalk” phone for a long time before it was officially announced. The company has maintained a similar design to its Lumia phones but has added a metal band. This is the first phone that will feature a mix of plastic and metal. However, the back is still made of polycarbonate plastic. The phone is made slim and light weight making it comfortable to hold. The phone’s frame is made of aluminum with only the back made of plastic. However, the back is non-removable so the battery is not easily accessible.

The device is available in black, white or grey, so don’t look for the bright colors that are expected of other Nokia phones. The phones comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen which takes up a good amount of space on the front, with the speaker and sensors on the top and the three capacitive buttons (Home, Back and Menu) on the bottom. Similar to the other high-end Lumias, the top of the device holds audio jack, the microUSB port and the SIM slot. The left and the bottom side of the device is bare, while the right side has the volume rocker, the power button and the dedicated camera button making it a little too crowded.

The 4.5-inch capacitive screen has the same PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack that is found in Lumia 920. The ClearBlack technology plus the HD OLED screen offers sharp, clear images and also spectacular viewing in sunlight. The phones provides a good contrast and vibrant colors but the difference is not really that apparent when using day-to-day.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, the same processor used in Lumia 920 and 928. The processor is fast and responsive, but lags when it comes to camera. The phone comes with Adreno 225 and 1 GB RAM, compared to the 2G found in its competitors. The phone comes with only 16 GB internal memory and does not offer users to extend it using an external card. The phone integrates the Windows Phone 8 OS, which works seamlessly. However, again similar to all other Windows Phones, the app stores lack many apps and still has yet to reach its potential.

The phone comes with an 8.7MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. The camera comes with upgraded technology that uses a 1/3'' sensor size to take more high-res photos. The camera also comes with Nokia’s Smart Camera technology that allows taking 10 photos at once, which can then be altered to create the perfect photo. This is similar to the Zoe technology found on HTC One that takes mini videos along with photos. The company has also added an additional lens on the five-lens that allows taking much better photos.  Nokia also boasts about its low-light imaging technology that allows users to take excellent photos in low-lighting conditions. The imaging technology is quite superior and does take excellent images with less blur. However, the camera shutter is quite slow which requires the user to hold the phone with a steady hand to eliminate motion blur.

The company also has removed the built-in wireless feature to cut down on the weight, but has added it as an option by purchasing the wireless cover. The phone comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery that allows the phone to go longer periods of time without requiring charging. The phone also comes with a few nifty features that make it stand out. The new phone is slick, thin and has decent features. It could just be phone that turns the tide in favor of Nokia Windows Phone.

HTC One was originally launched as the brand name for a series of Android phones by the company. These included HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC One V, etc. Now, the company launched a new phone with the name HTC One. The HTC One X was launched in May 2012. This often causes confusion as this phone is expected to be a successor to the One X. HTC One is expected to be superior compared to the One X in hardware design and software design. It also includes a unique camera implementation.

In terms of hardware and software, HTC One sports a 4.7 inch Super LCD3, with Full HD1080p, 468 PPI and corning gorilla glass 2. The HTC One comes with Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean that is upgradable to v4.2.2. The case is an all-aluminum frame with an antenna built into its backing. It includes a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB DDR2. The phone is available with non-expandable, 32 or 64GB internal capacity. It offers a 4 megapixel 2688 x 1520 pixels primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and BSI sensor, along with a 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR secondary camera.

The main feature is the new pixilation system that is opted in the primary camera of the phone, which provides each pixel size of 2.0 µm and sensor size of 1/3'. The One also includes a new camera app known as ‘Zoe’, which records a short video alongside every photo taken and allows the resulting photos and videos to be automatically combined and synchronized with music to produce a multimedia presentation known as a Zoe. The One also offers a new feature on the home screen known as the BlinkFeed. This is a newsfeed that automatically upgrades every two hours if connected with a mobile service or more frequently when connected via WiFi. The BlinkFeed takes up the main home screen and cannot be removed, resulting in the home screen as not being as customizable as in the previous phones.

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


Nokia Lumia 925


Launch Date

June 2013

April 2013



HTC Corporation


129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm


4.5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

4.7 inch Super LCD3


768 x 1280 pixels (~334 ppi pixel density), 16M colors

1080p, 468 PPI (Full HD)


Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Corning Gorilla Glass 2


139 grams


2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-892, RM-893

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-910


850/900/1800/1900 MHz

4G Network

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - RM-892

LTE 700 / 1700 / 2100 - RM-893

Available in select countries.


Windows Phone 8

HTC Sense 5

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz


Adreno 225

Adreno 320


Windows Phone 8

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600


1 GB


SIM Size



Internal Memory

16 GB

32/64 GB

Expandable Memory




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

Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor.


SIM, microUSB, 3.5mm audio, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, DLNA, micro-USB 2.0.


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.



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

HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL


WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

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


Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP; Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled


microUSB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

8.7 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

4 megapixel 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3', Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2 F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, 720p@30fps

2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR


1080p@30fps, video stabilization

1080p@30fps, HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization

Camera Features

  • Carl Zeiss optics
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Autofocus
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 1/3'' sensor size
  • PureView technology
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Digital camera add-ons
  • Full screen viewfinder
  • Automatic photo upload to web services
  • Full resolution photo and video upload
  • Creative Studio
  • 6-lens optics
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
  • HTC Zoe
  • HTC Zoe Highlights
  • HTC Zoe Share
  • Retouch with Object Removal
  • Group Retouch
  • Sequence Shot

Sound Enhancement

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

HTC BoomSound, Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, Beats Audio, HDR Microphone and Sense Voice.

Audio supported 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

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

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

Recording: .mp4

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BL-4YW)

2300 mAh


2G: 18 hours

3G: 12 hours

No official data is released

Standby Time

3G: 440 hours

No official data is released

Available Colors

Black, White, Gray

Gray, White, Black, with more colors to come.


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

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



HTML, Adobe Flash


FM radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS


GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support



Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
  • Brightness control
  • High brightness mode
  • Sunlight readability enhancements
  • Refresh rate 60 Hz
  • Sculpted glass
  • Easy to clean
  • Nokia Glance screen
  • Lumia Color profile
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Super-sensitive touch
  • DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Wireless charging only with accessory cover
  • 7GB Cloud Storage
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Beats Audio
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Dropbox (25 GB storage)
  • 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, anandtech.com

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