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Nokia has now five phones in its Windows Phone 8 lineup and except for the Lumia 920, all of them appear to be similar (we mean spec wise, of course). But the price difference must be accounted for, right? So what is it that makes these four phones different from each other. Let’s have a look at their spec sheet.

lumia 520 vs 620 vs 720 vs 820

 

Lumia 520

Lumia 620

Lumia 720

 

Lumia 820

Display4 inch WVGA IPS LCD3.8 inch WVGA TFT4.3 inch WVGA IPS LCD4.3 inch WVGA AMOLED
Pixel Density233246217217
SoCSnapdragon PlusSnapdragon PlusSnapdragon PlusSnapdragon S4
ProcessorDual core 1GHzDual core 1GHzDual core 1GHzDual core 1.5 GHz
GPUAdreno 305Adreno 305Adreno 305Adreno 225
RAM512MB512MB512MB1GB
Camera 5MP autofocus5MP autofocus6.7 MP Carl Zeiss8MP Carl Zeiss
Secondary cameraNoneVGA1.3 MPVGA
Battery1450 mAh1300 mAh2000 mAh1650 mAh
Storage8GB8GB8GB8GB
MicroSD slotYesYesYesYes
PlatformWP8WP8WP8WP8
Other features , FM Radio (not out yet)NFCWireless charging, Gorilla Glass 2, NFC, FM Radio (not out yet)LTE, Wireless charging, FM Radio (not out yet), NFC

 

Things can get confusing here since the Lumia 520, 620 and 720 have almost similar internals. Also, most would believe that the Lumia 820 with a smaller battery and inferior camera doesn’t make sense being priced above the Lumia 720. Well, not exactly. Let’s start with the difference between the most two expensive phones in the list and what is it that makes the Lumia 820 worthy of its price. The Lumia 820 comes with a Snapdragon S4 processor that is the most powerful processor from last year. Its elder sibling, the Lumia 920 also shares the same processor and paired with Adreno 225, it is the best combination you can find on Windows Phone side for now. Now add to that support for FM radio (which is expected to be added in the GDR 2 update), LTE (in select markets) and 1GB RAM, and things suddenly start to make much more sense. The 1 GB RAM is quite important according to us, as already developers have started pushing out games that are unplayable on devices with 512MB RAM. Had the Lumia 720 featured 1GB RAM, we would have picked it over Lumia 820 any day. But with only 512MB RAM, Lumia 820 would be a safer bet. Also, 820’s screen is AMOLED, while the 720 offers an IPS LCD. AMOLED is generally known for better contrast and deeper blacks and that’s another reason for the more expensive price tag of the Lumia 820. However, if early rumors are true, Lumia 720 packs a better camera than the 820. It is said to have similar technology as the Lumia 920 which would offer better low light shots.

Now, with that solved we come to the Lumia 520, 620 and 720. The three phones have the same processor and identical RAM. When it comes to the camera, the Lumia 520 and 620 appear to pack similar modules too. Even the screen size and battery are bigger on the 520. Then why the difference of Rs 4,000 in price?

The Lumia 620 comes with ClearBlack display that allows better contrast ratios on the screen. This improves visibility of the screen under the sun. As for the camera, both the phones pack similar cameras with equal pixel count and similar aperture. We haven’t seen 520’s camera in action yet so it would be difficult to comment right now. However, Lumia 520 skips on the front camera and NFC, while the 620 has a VGA unit on the front along with NFC. Also, unlike the Lumia 620, there’s no flash on the 520 in order keep the price low. Still, a slightly bigger battery along with a bigger display makes us wonder if Lumia 620 is worth the extra 4,000 Rupees. Not that Lumia 620 is bad, in fact, it is better than any other Android at its price. Just that we find Lumia 520 to be a much more attractive deal given the low price. It’s not like the 510, where Nokia compromised on screen colors and memory. Lumia 520 has got it all.

Lumia 720 on the other hand, has got better display, bigger battery, optional wireless charging (you’ll need to buy the wireless charging back cover separately) and a much better camera when compared to Lumia 620 or 520, and that justifies the extra cost over both these phones.

  • Andrew Donald

    Nokia Lumia 720 has a Snapdragon S4 processor like the 820 not a Plus one…

  • Arun Lobo

    The phones can actually be summed up like this: 920 has high-end specs with revolutionary features, 820 has high-end specs without revolutionary features, 720 has mid end specs with revoultionary features, 620 has mid end specs without revolutionary features and 520 has almost mid ends specs. The only exception to this rule is that 820 supports wireless charging, although it lacks special camera.

    • sandeep

      didn’t get the last part….u mean only a 820 supports wireless charging??

      • sharang33

        No even 720 has wireless charging. I think Arun meant the only ‘revolutionary’ feature on the 820 is wireless charging.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arun.prasanth.180 Arun Prasanth

    nokia is always best and quality its nice mobile i like this brand very much some reasons nowadays people changes to duplicate brands there not quality on that models they harmful for our health also pls wake up other brands are not standard quality

  • flybywire48

    the huge difference between the 820 (also the 920) and the rest 720,620,520 is that the 820 has 4G/LTE phone while the rest are 3G phones . With 4G you can download internet pages at speed up to 10times faster then with 3G . But then your mobile operator must have a 4G network AND they there is extra charge . 4G is amazing you launch the URL and the page you loaded is on your phone instantly . If you got no 4 G network or can wait few seconds for a page to load on 3G , best phone are 720,620 or 520 depending on your budget . Of course 4G phones are much more expensive on the processor and other chips .

    • sharang33

      Well said. Somehow LTE slipped my mind.Thanks for the tip..

  • flybywire48

    thanks Sharang , cheers

  • flybywire48

    the 720 has wireless charging provided you buy an extra protective case like accessory . The 620 and 520 dont .

  • ragu

    still am quite puzzled which is the best one (lumia 720 / lumia 820 ) …

    • sokhi

      Main difference is Processor & Ram. Lumia 820 is powered with 1.5ghz processor & 1gb ram.