Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Sony Xperia Z1

Sony has recently launched its second flagship phone of the year – the Xperia Z1. Around the same time, Nokia announced the launch of its WP8 flagship – Nokia Lumia 1020. The camera is clearly the best aspect of the both phones. However, there have lots more to offer in terms of software experience and functionality. In this article, we’re going to do a comparison of all the key aspects of the both the phones.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Sony Xperia Z1


The Sony Xperia Z1 is one of the most beautifully designed handsets available in the market. It has been constructed entirely using premium materials like aluminum and tempered glass. Not only does it look great, it is also IP58 certified for dust proof and water resistance. On the other hand, the Nokia Lumia 1020’s body is made up of polycarbonate which feels nice and premium in the hand. However, it is no match for the Z1’s elegant design. As far as dimensions are concerned, the Lumia 1020 is slightly shorter in height and lighter in weight, but it is almost 2 mm thicker than the Z1.


The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5-inch Triluminos display with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels, whereas the Lumia 1020 comes with a slightly smaller 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 768 X 1280 pixels. Both the displays are protected with a layer of scratch-resistant and shatter proof glass. While Sony has integrated its X-Reality Engine and OptiContrast technologies, Nokia has opted for its proprietary ClearBlack and Super Sensitive touch technologies. In terms of image quality, both the phones offer a great viewing experience. However, the bigger size and higher resolution of the Xperia Z1 means that Sony again comes out on top on this front.


Both the Sony Xperia Z1 and Nokia Lumia 1020 come equipped with class-leading cameras. On one hand, the Z1’s 20.7 megapixel sensor is the highest resolution camera you’ll find on an Android phone, while on the other hand, the Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel camera is the best among all the smartphones available in the market. Sony has utilized its award-winning G Lens along with LED flash and digital image stabilization to deliver excellent photos and videos. Similarly, Nokia has integrated Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, Xenon flash and Pureview technology on its unit. The Z1’s rear-facing camera produces incredible results which will beat almost every other smartphone camera in the market. Unfortunately for Sony, the Lumia 1020’s Pureview camera is not one of them. Nokia has put together a camera package that not only excels in the megapixels department, but also provides superior low light performance and software features.


The Nokia Lumia 1020 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC with dual-cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 225 GPU, whereas the Sony Xperia Z1 runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with four cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. Both the handsets have 2 GB of RAM and support 4G LTE networks. As far as storage space is concerned, you get 16 GB of internal memory along with a microSD card on the Z1 and 32 GB of non-expandable memory on the Lumia 1020. Although the real-life performance of both phones is excellent, the Z1’s hardware easily trumps in the performance department thanks to the latest chipset and faster processor.


Both Sony and Nokia have continued their recent tradition of using Android and Windows Phone 8 operating systems respectively on their flagship phones. On one side, you have the Sony Xperia Z1 will the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, whereas on the other side, you get Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS.


The Sony Xperia Z1’s Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery offers a maximum talk time of 15 hours and stand-by time of 850 hours on 3G networks. The Nokia Lumia 1020’s Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery has almost 50% less capacity than the Z1’s unit. However, since the Lumia 1020 has a slower processor and smaller display, it offers almost the same performance. According to Nokia, the battery will offer up to 13.2 hours of talk time and stand-by time of 385 hours on 3G networks. Both the batteries will perform much better if you activate the Battery Save mode.


Overall, the Sony Xperia Z1 trumps the Nokia Lumia 1020 in almost every aspect. It has a far superior hardware package, gorgeous design and a brilliant display. However, despite having an amazing camera, the Xperia Z1’s imaging capabilities are nowhere close to that of the Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 MP Pureview camera. That said, both the phones offer a rich smartphone experience and you’ll certainly won’t regret buying either of them.

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