Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1 – Display, Camera, Performance, Specs Comparison

Alex Bezeau October 24, 2013 1

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Today we compare the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z1 in a one on one battle of specs and features. The flagship phablet from Nokia takes on the flagship smartphone from Sony.

This is a clash of two of the best smartphones in the market, but as a matter of fact, it is going to be a very easy comparison for us. The reason for the same is that the Lumia 1520 and Xperia Z1 are flagship models that have been designed with great care and consideration. There are hardly any drawbacks that we can actually point out.

So get ready to witness a battle of two truly powerful and magnificent pieces of technology.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Lumia 1520 wireless charging

Sony Xperia Z1

xperia z1 lens

DISPLAY
The Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch full HD ClearBlack IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display. The display on the Lumia 1520 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and comes with a number of added features including High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch and more. The phablet has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with a pixel density of 367 ppi (pixel per inch).

The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5-inch touchscreen display with a full HD screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a 441 ppi pixel density. The display type on the Xperia Z1 is also TFT capacitive touchscreen and is made up of a shatter proof and scratch resistant glass. Both devices support multi-touch up to 10 fingers.

WINNER – Draw (Because both are crisp clear and 1080p)

HARDWARE
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The Lumia 1520 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and has 2GB of RAM.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and is powered by a 2.2GHz Krait 400 quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Xperia Z1 is also equipped with the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.

WINNER – Draw (Because both are equally powerful)

OPERATING SYSTEM
The Lumia 1520 runs on the latest version of Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system. The phablet comes with an operating system called Windows Phone 8 Amber that consists of all the latest updates from Microsoft.

The Sony Xperia Z1 runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right from start. So consumers do not have to worry about updating their devices, not at least till Android 4.4 KitKat is out in the market.

WINNER – Draw (Because choice depends on consumers)

STORAGE
The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with 32GB of internal storage which should be good enough for a majority of consumers. And in order to ensure that consumers do not have problems, the phablet has a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 64GB. So you can have a maximum storage space of 96GB.

The Sony Xperia Z1 comes with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports storage expansion by up to 64GB. So at best, the Sony Xperia Z1 can provide a total of 80GB of storage space.

WINNER – Nokia Lumia 1520

CAMERA
The Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 20MP PureView primary camera and a 1.2MP secondary camera. This camera comes loaded with features including Carl Zeiss lens, Optical Image Stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED flash. The primary camera supports 1080p video recording and the front camera supports 720p video recording.

The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 20.7MP with autofocus and LED flash. The camera has a sensor size of 1/2.3” and supports features like touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR and panorama. The Xperia Z1 comes with a 2MP front facing camera.

WINNER – Draw (Both are equally powerful and capable)

BATTERY
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is also equipped with a non-removable high capacity Li-Ion 3400mAh battery. The Lumia 1520 battery is expected to give up to 28 hours of talk time on 2G and up to 25 hours of talk time on 3G. You can also expect a total standby time of up to 768 hours.

The Sony Xperia Z1 has a massive non-removable Li-Ion 3000mah battery. The device is expected to give a talk time of 14 hours of talk time on 2G and 15 hours on 3G.

WINNER – Draw (High capacity battery with respect to screen size)

DIMENSIONS and WEIGHT
The dimensions of the Nokia Lumia 1520 are 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm and the device weighs about 209 grams. The dimensions of the Sony Xperia Z1 are 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm and the device weighs about 170 grams.

With respect to thickness, both the devices are almost the same. And even when it comes weight, the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z1 result to be heavy.

CONCLUSION
This has definitely been a very tough battle! The Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z1 are both smartphones that have recently been announced by their respective companies.

As a result of this, both these smartphones are new and are equipped with the latest hardware and some of the best software in the market. The Lumia 1520 and Xperia Z1 have the same chipset, crisp clear screen, 1080p display, microSD card support, excellent camera and a massive battery. Taking these amazing features into consideration, we really don’t want to pick a winner between the two. The reason is simple and straight forward – there can’t be a winner because these two devices have a different background (OS).

So if you want a smartphone that is extremely fast, runs on Android and can take on any competitor in the market, then the Xperia Z1 is an excellent option. As a bonus, you get a smartphone that is dust proof and water resistant as well.

But if you are more comfortable with using Windows Phone 8, then the Lumia 1520 is the phablet for you! Windows Phone consumers will be positively surprised with the speed, power and performance of Nokia’s new flagship phablet and we are happy to be the ones to tell you that.

Here is a specifications chart of the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Sony Xperia Z1:

SC - Lumia 1520 vs Xperia Z1

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One Comment »

  1. asdf  November 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    1520 winner wiii

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