Published on March 31, 2014
Comparison in pictures Nokia Lumia 520 vs Nokia X
What’s the same • Both the devices are encased in polycarbonate, and available in multiple hues of black, white, red and yellow • They feature 4-inch displays with aresolution of 480 x 800 pixels • They’re powered by 1GHz dual- core chipsets (though the SoC is different) • The processors are accompanied by 512MB of RAM • The interface is remarkably similar thanks to the use of tiles But there’s more than what meets the eye. Here’s how they’re different..
Design: curved vs boxy rear • The Nokia X has a rectangular design, whereas the Nokia Lumia 520 has a curved rear that offers better handling • The Nokia Lumia 520 features a dedicated camera key, allowing you to capture images quickly • At the front, the Lumia 520 has three capacitive keys, while the Nokia X has a single capacitive key
Display: the Lumia 520 has a few tricks up its sleeve • The display on the Nokia Lumia 520 is protected by scratch- resistant glass • The Lumia 520 display also supports glove mode, making it easier to use the device while wearing gloves
Camera: the Nokia Lumia 520 turns out be a decent snapper • Both devices lack front- facing cameras and LED flashes • The Nokia Lumia 520 comes with a 5-megapixel primary camera with autofocus • The Nokia X has a 3.15MP fixed-focus primary camera • While the images captured by the Lumia 520 are decent, Nokia X captures below-average images
Performance: the Lumia 520 has the upper hand • While they have a similar processor, the Nokia Lumia 520 is aided by a better Adreno 305 GPU in contrast to the Adreno 203 graphics processor in the Nokia X • Windows Phone is optimised well to run on low-end devices like the Lumia 520, while the same isn’t the case with Nokia X (see screenshot) • The Nokia X manages to keep up with basic tasks
Performance: more accolades for the Lumia 520 • However, games are a different story altogether. Even while playing games like Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers, you can notice some frame drops on the Nokia X • The 520 features complete multitasking with the ability to switch and close apps, but the Nokia X doesn’t offer proper multitasking
Ecosystem: the gap becomes apparent • The Lumia 520 runs Windows Phone 8 and makes use of Microsoft Windows Store to download apps. The Nokia X is powered by Android AOSP (version 4.1.2). • In case of the Nokia X, apps can be downloaded from Nokia Store, or third-party stores like 1Mobile Market and Amazon Appstore. • You can also sideload apk files to install apps or games on the Nokia X.
Ecosystem: signature Nokia experiences • Both the Lumia 520 and X are preloaded with apps from Nokia – HERE Maps, MixRadio and more. • However, the Nokia X offers lifetime free music streaming on MixRadio, along with the ability to store up to four offline mixes for a period of 30 days.
Battery life: the Nokia X dies in a day • The Nokia X can hardly last a complete day of moderate usage • In contrast, the Nokia Lumia 520 can easily last more than a day
At a glance Parameters Nokia Lumia 520 Nokia X Dimensions (in mm) 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 Weight (in g) 124 145 Body Polycarbonate Polycarbonate Colors Black, white, red, yellow, cyan Black, white, red, yellow, cyan, green Display Size 4-inch 4-inch Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels (233ppi) 800 x 480 pixels (233ppi) Display Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD Network Support 2G/3G (micro-SIM) Dual SIM 2G/3G (micro-SIM) Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227, 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play, 1GHz dual- core Graphics processor Adreno 305 Adreno 203 RAM 512MB 512MB Internal Storage 8GB 4GB External Storage up to 32GB up to 32GB Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS Primary Camera 5-megapixels 3.15-megapixels Flash - - Secondary Camera - - OS Windows Phone 8 (Nokia Black firmware Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Nokia X software platform) Battery 1,500mAh 1,410mAh
Pricing and verdict “If you’re looking for a Nokia-branded device that offers access to the vast ecosystem of Android apps, the Nokia X is pretty much the only choice. However, if you’re looking for an all-rounder device at this price point, then the Nokia Lumia 520 comes across as a better option. Moreover, Windows Store is now coming of age, and carries most of the popular apps and games.” Nokia Lumia 520 ~ Rs 7,300 Nokia X ~ Rs 7,400
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