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.
|Display||4 inch WVGA IPS LCD||3.8 inch WVGA TFT||4.3 inch WVGA IPS LCD||4.3 inch WVGA AMOLED|
|SoC||Snapdragon Plus||Snapdragon Plus||Snapdragon Plus||Snapdragon S4|
|Processor||Dual core 1GHz||Dual core 1GHz||Dual core 1GHz||Dual core 1.5 GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 305||Adreno 305||Adreno 305||Adreno 225|
|Camera||5MP autofocus||5MP autofocus||6.7 MP Carl Zeiss||8MP Carl Zeiss|
|Secondary camera||None||VGA||1.3 MP||VGA|
|Battery||1450 mAh||1300 mAh||2000 mAh||1650 mAh|
|Other features||, FM Radio (not out yet)||NFC||Wireless 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.