Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Sony Xperia Z1 – Specs Comparison

Jaycee De Guzman September 30, 2013 2
Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Sony Xperia Z1 – Specs Comparison


When Nokia released the Lumia 1020, they targeted avid photographers who would prefer taking their mobile phones and using it to capture images. On the other hand, just a few weeks ago, Sony announced the release of its new Xperia Z1 which is an attractive smartphone built with features of its own. Let’s take this review and see what the two mobile handsets have and don’t have in common

Build and Design

Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Sony Xperia Z1 - Specs ComparisonThe Nokia Lumia 1020 has 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm of dimensions, 158 g of weight and 4.5 inches of physical size. It is made with Polycarbonate and also available in black, yellow and white colors. There are external buttons along the side of the handset which includes volume control, camera shutter and lock.

Sony, instead, made Xperia Z1 slightly bigger with 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm of dimensions, 170 g of weight and 5.0 inches of physical size. It is both water and dust proof with color availability of black, white and purple. It has external buttons on the side which includes the volume control, camera shutter and lock key.

Display Structure

Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Sony Xperia Z1 - Specs ComparisonIn terms of the display, the Nokia Lumia 1020 showcases an AMOLED technology with 768 x 1280 pixels of screen resolution and 334 ppi of pixel density. It is capacitive, multi-touch and protected by a scratch-resistant glass by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has a light and proximity sensors and polarizing filter.

As an alternative, the  Sony Xperia Z1 appears to have a TFT LCD technology with Triluminos display and X-Reality Engine. It has a high resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and pixel density of 441 ppi along with a capacitive and multi-touch screen. It is made with light as well as proximity sensors while bearing its own shatter and scratch proof glass.


Operating System and Hardware

Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Sony Xperia Z1 - Specs ComparisonThe Lumia 1020 by Nokia constitutes a Windows Phone 8 operating system and Candybar form factor. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 chipset that works in harmony with a Dual-core 1500 MHz Krait processor and Adreno 225 for the graphics. It contains a Dual channel 500 MHz 2GB RAM and an internal storage of 32GB. It is unfortunate that this handset does not include a slot for memory cards. In addition, the battery is a Li-Ion 2000 mAh, not removable and can last up to more than 19 hours of talk time

Meanwhile, Sony chose the Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean as its Xperia Z1’s operating system. Hardware wise, this handset sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 system chip with a Quad-core 2200 MHz Krait 400 processor and Adreno 330 graphics interface. The system contains a Dual channel 800 MHz 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and memory card slot compatible with MicroSD, MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC to a maximum of 64GB. The battery is a Li-Ion 3000 mAh which is not removable and can only last up to 14 hours of talk time

Camera Features

Nokia Lumia 1020 VS Sony Xperia Z1 - Specs ComparisonThe camera featured in the Nokia Lumia 1020 has 41MP, LED and Xenon flashes, F2.2 of aperture size, 26 mm focal length and 1/1.5-inch sensor size. Its special features include auto focus, touch to focus, manual focus, ISO control, optical image stabilization, exposure compensation, digital zoom, panorama, self-timer and more. It goes perfectly with a camcorder – with its own optical image stabilization, continuous autofocus, video light and video calling options – which captures videos at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 30 frames per second. It means a full 1080p HD viewing quality. The frontal camera takes photos at 1.2MP

With a huge difference, the Sony Xperia Z1 only embodies a 20.7MP camera although it still has its own LED flash, F2.0 aperture size, 27 mm focal length and 1/2.3-inch sensor size. It also has an integrated back-illuminated sensor, auto focus, touch to focus, face and smile detection, digital image stabilization, digital zoom, Geo-tagging, panorama, scenes, self-timer and more. The camcorder is similarly capable of shooting 1920 x 1080 resolution at 1080p HD quality and comprises its own continuous auto focus, digital image stabilization and video light. There is also a frontal camera which shoots images at 2MP at videos like the rear.


The Nokia Lumia 1020, like what is already mentioned before, is the perfect gadget for mobile photographers. It has a great camera feature, long battery life, and small size which makes it comfortable to bring around different places. Although it does not have a memory card slot for expansion of storage, it has an internal memory which is actually quite large. On the contrary, the Sony Xperia Z1 has a heavier design but with better display technology. It is made for gadget lovers who are more interested in the general functionality of a device than a specific feature. The hardware choices of this handset present faster performance when it comes to executing simple as well as graphically challenging tasks.

With the price tag out of the question, which of these mobile units do you think works for you?

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  1. MVR PRASAD  October 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    I hope best phone in future

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  October 12, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Hi MVR Prasad,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m optimistic to say that there will be fantastic smartphones that will be launched in the upcoming months. I’d recommend you to bookmark so you’ll be updated of the latest and hottest gadget news and reviews.


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