Difference between Sony Xperia E and Nokia Lumia 520

Key difference: The Sony Xperia E and E-Dual are two entry-level phones from Sony Mobile. The phone comes with a 3.5 TFT capacitive that has a ~165 ppi pixel density. It comes with a 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512 MB RAM. 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.

Sony is a popular smartphone company and has been launching popular phones under the Xperia Brand. Since, its separation with Ericsson, the company has introduced multiple phones in different ranges to cater to all types of demands. The widespread demand of smartphones has required many companies to start manufacturing low-end phones for the masses. The new 2013 line-up of Sony phones include the Sony Xperia E and E-Dual phones. These phones are identical to each other and only differ in some features.

The Sony Xperia E and E-Dual are two entry-level phones from Sony Mobile. These are the few of the cheapest models available on the market that have pretty decent features for a low-end phone. The phone has similar design themes to the older Sony phones with a slight inward curve and has shaved a lot of back bulk. The phone is slim and straight and is easy to operate using one hand. The company has also ditched the cheap, plastic back and replaced with it a rubber matte finish. This makes the back prone to fingerprint smudges, while the front screen is completely prone to fingerprints and dust smudges.

The front of the phone has a 3.5-inch display screen with three capacitive (Home, Menu and Back) buttons on the bottom. Above the screen is the earpiece, a hidden status LED and the proximity sensor. On the top end of the device, there is just a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the left side has a microUSB port. The bottom of the screen has a small LED light, while the right side of the device holds the volume rocker, power button and the dedicated camera key. The back of the devices holds the camera on the top and the loud speaker grille on the bottom.

The phone comes with a 3.5 TFT capacitive that has a ~165 ppi pixel density. In terms of technology these days, the resolution and the density is pretty weak, but as this is a entry-level the resolution is decent for the price. However, do not expect high definition resolution. The phone has pretty low contrast and poor viewing angles. The screen is made using scratch-resistant glass proving some sort of protection from scratches. The phone comes with the traditional Sony Timescape UI, which means it comes with certain built-in Timescape applications that are not removable.

In terms of speed and power, the phone is good for an entry-level model. It comes with a 1 GHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512 MB RAM. The phone supports 2G and 3G but not 4G. The Xperia E comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, which is a good set-up. The Xperia E-Dual comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwihch but can be upgraded to Jelly Bean. The Jelly Bean comes with all of the special features of Google, including Google Now. There are few modifications to the Android software. Upon unlocking the screen, the home screen has five screens, which are customizable. The differences between the ICS and Jelly Bean can be read in the article, The Difference between Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean on the website.

The major difference between the E and the E-Dual is that E-Dual supports dual SIM technology, while the E only supports single SIM. Both the phones come with a 3.15 MP back camera with a few features such as 4x digital zoom, Geotagging, Self-timer, Send to web and Touch capture. The camera does not have a great picture taking capability and has low resolution, but is okay for an entry-level phone. The phones also do not have a secondary camera, which means no video conferencing. However, it does have VGA video recording capability. The phone comes with 4 GB internal memory, of which 2 GB is available to the user and the memory is expandable up to 32 GB via microUSB card.

The phones come with a removable Li-Ion 1530 mAh battery that provides an okay battery capacity for an entry-level phone. The phone is considered as a no-nonsense android phone. The phone is a good entry-level phone and offers good features for its price. However, the person would have to sacrifice on secondary camera, photo resolution and a few features. The phone also offers certain neat features such as Overview mode (allows zooming out to see all open applications), Face Unlock, Wi-Fi tethering, Google Apps and Hand writing recognition.

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 information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, Nokia website, techradar.com and GSMArena.com. Unless specified, the information is the same for both phones.


Sony Xperia E/E-Dual

Nokia Lumia 520

Launch Date

E: March 2013

E-Dual: January 2013

April 2013


Sony Mobiles



113.5 x 61.8 x 11.0 mm

119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm


3.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors

4'' IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen


320 x 480 pixels (~165 ppi pixel density)

480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)


Scratch-resistant glass

Scratch-resistant glass


115.7 grams

124 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

3G Network

E: HSDPA 900 / 2100 - C1505

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - C1504

E-Dual: HSDPA 900 / 2100 - C1605

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - C1604

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - RM-914

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-915

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

4G Network




Timescape UI

Windows Phone 8

CPU speed

1 GHz Cortex-A5

1 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4


Adreno 200

Adreno 305


E: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

E-Dual: Android OS, v4.0.4 (ICS) upgradeable to 4.1 Jelly Bean

Microsoft Windows Phone 8


Qualcomm Snapdragon™ MSM7227A

Qualcomm MSM8227


512 MB

512 MB

SIM Size

E: miniSIM

E-Dual: miniSIM (Dual SIM)


Internal Memory

Up to 4 GB (2 GB user available)

8 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

Up to 64 GB


Accelerometer, Proximity sensor

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


2G, 3G, DLNA Certified, HD Voice, Noise supression

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


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.


HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps


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

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


Bluetooth v2.1, EDR

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels

5MP, autofocus camera

Secondary Camera




[email protected]

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Camera Features

  • 4x digital zoom
  • Geotagging
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Touch capture
  • Video recording
  • 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

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology; Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic; Manual equalizer


Audio supported formats

MP3 (.mp3), 3GPP (.3gp),

MP4 (.mp4, .m4a), SMF (.mid), WAV (.wav), OTA (.ota), Ogg (.ogg)


Video supported formats

3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)

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

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1530 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 6 hours 12 min

3G: 6 hours 18 min

2G: 14.8 hours

3G: 9.6 hours


E: 2G: 530 hours

3G: 530 hours

E-Dual: 2G: 368 hours

3G: 379 hours

3G: 360 hours

Available Colors

E: Black, Pink and White

E-Dual: Black and Gold

Yellow, red, cyan, white/black


Conversations, Email, Gmail™, Handwriting recognition, Instant messaging, Multimedia messaging (MMS), Predictive text input, Text messaging (SMS)

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





Radio (FM radio with RDS)



GPS with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS


via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Snapshot capability
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • Music Unlimited
  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Google Talk™ application
  • HD voice
  • Noise suppression
  • Speakerphone
  • Xperia™ Timescape™
  • Xperia™ with Facebook™
  • Auto rotate
  • Gesture input
  • On-screen 12-key keyboard
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Touch screen
  • Voice input
  • Wallpaper animation
  • Overview mode
  • 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

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, nokia.com

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