Battle of the Flagships and What Has Changed in Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia’s new flagship, the 1020 has already seen a lot of acclaim and some criticism at the same time. While its 41 megapixel camera has proven to be a killer feature, its subpar hardware has also drawn vilification.

So what really has changed in the new flagship? First, a comparison with its predecessor:

Nokia Lumia 1020Nokia Lumia 920
OS (pre-installed)Windows Phone 8Windows Phone 8
Display4.5 inch4.5 inch
Resolution768 x 1280 pixels768 x 1280 pixels
ProcessorDual-core 1.5Ghz KraitDual-core 1.5Ghz Krait
GPUAdreno 225Adreno 225
RAM, storage2 GB, 32 GB non-expandable1 GB, 32 GB non-expandable
Camera (rear)41mp PureView camera, 1080p video, OIS, Carl Zeiss Optics8mp PureView camera, 1080p video, OIS
Camera (front)1.2mp HD1.3mp HD
ConnectivityBluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi, USB-OTG, GPSBluetooth 3.1, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi, GPS
Battery2000 mAh2000 mAh


From the simple table, it is clear that apart from the camera, nothing is substantially changed, and actually in the hardware side, everything is exactly the same. Windows Phone hasn’t got as strict hardware requirements as Android, but still, some apps might struggle.

And how about a comparison with other flagships?

Nokia Lumia 1020Samsung Galaxy S4HTC OneApple iPhone 5Sony Xperia Z
OS (pre-installed)Windows Phone 8Android 4.2.2Android 4.1.2iOS 6Android 4.1.2
Display4.5 inch5 inches4.7 inches4 inches5 inches
Resolution768 x 1280 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels640 x 1136 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
ProcessorDual-core 1.5Ghz Krait1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex A15 and 1.2Ghz quad-core Cortex A7Quad-core 1.7 Ghz Krait1.2Ghz dual-core Apple A6 chipQuad-core 1.5 Ghz Krait
GPUAdreno 225PowerVR SGX 544MP3Adreno 320PowerVR SGX 544MP3Adreno 320
RAM, storage2 GB, 32 GB non-expandable2 GB, 16/32/64 GB expandable2 GB, 16 GB non-expandable1 GB RAM, 16/32/64 GB non-expandable2 GB, 16 GB expandable
Camera (rear)41mp PureView camera, 1080p video, OIS, Carl Zeiss Optics13mp, 1080p video4 mp Ultrapixel, 1080p video8 mp, 1080p video13mp, 1080p video
Camera (front)1.2mp HD2mp Full HD2.1mp Full HD1.2mp HD2.2mp Full HD
ConnectivityBluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi, USB-OTG,Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG, Infrared, WifiBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, optional NFC, InfraredBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, WifiBluetooth 3.1, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi
Battery2000 mAh2600 mAh2300 mAh1440 mAh2330 mAh


So as you can see, except for the camera, the Lumia 1020 doesn’t really shine very brightly. Still, the good news is that if your primary purpose of using this phone is for camera, then it won’t disappoint you.