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 1020 Nokia Lumia 920
Status Announced Available
Weight 158g 185g
Thickness 10.4mm 10.7mm
OS (pre-installed) Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Display 4.5 inch 4.5 inch
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels 768 x 1280 pixels
Processor Dual-core 1.5Ghz Krait Dual-core 1.5Ghz Krait
GPU Adreno 225 Adreno 225
RAM, storage 2 GB, 32 GB non-expandable 1 GB, 32 GB non-expandable
Camera (rear) 41mp PureView camera, 1080p video, OIS, Carl Zeiss Optics 8mp PureView camera, 1080p video, OIS
Camera (front) 1.2mp HD 1.3mp HD
Connectivity Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi, USB-OTG, GPS Bluetooth 3.1, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi, GPS
Battery 2000 mAh 2000 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 1020 Samsung Galaxy S4 HTC One Apple iPhone 5 Sony Xperia Z
Status Announced Available Available Available Available
Weight 158g 130g 143g 112g 146g
Thickness 10.4mm 7.9mm 9.3mm 7.6mm 7.96mm
OS (pre-installed) Windows Phone 8 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.2 iOS 6 Android 4.1.2
Display 4.5 inch 5 inches 4.7 inches 4 inches 5 inches
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels 640 x 1136 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Processor Dual-core 1.5Ghz Krait 1.6Ghz quad-core Cortex A15 and 1.2Ghz quad-core Cortex A7 Quad-core 1.7 Ghz Krait 1.2Ghz dual-core Apple A6 chip Quad-core 1.5 Ghz Krait
GPU Adreno 225 PowerVR SGX 544MP3 Adreno 320 PowerVR SGX 544MP3 Adreno 320
RAM, storage 2 GB, 32 GB non-expandable 2 GB, 16/32/64 GB expandable 2 GB, 16 GB non-expandable 1 GB RAM, 16/32/64 GB non-expandable 2 GB, 16 GB expandable
Camera (rear) 41mp PureView camera, 1080p video, OIS, Carl Zeiss Optics 13mp, 1080p video 4 mp Ultrapixel, 1080p video 8 mp, 1080p video 13mp, 1080p video
Camera (front) 1.2mp HD 2mp Full HD 2.1mp Full HD 1.2mp HD 2.2mp Full HD
Connectivity Bluetooth 3.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi, USB-OTG, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG, Infrared, Wifi Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, optional NFC, Infrared Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi Bluetooth 3.1, microUSB 2.0, NFC, Wifi
Battery 2000 mAh 2600 mAh 2300 mAh 1440 mAh 2330 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.

  • @Azeem Ullah Would You please tell us what does shine very brightly SGS4 from S3, iphone 5 from 4S. What is so special there in S4 or HTC1 or Xperia Z or Iphone5.

    Shame On such Baseless Article.

    • Its a matter of someone’s choice so regardless of camera… Weight, Slimness, battery processor RAM each and every thing matters and every smart phone has one specialty. That’s another point that some smartphone have more than enough processor or some OSs are so much optimized that there is no need of quad core. What’s special in Lumia without camera? ..Im using smart phone with a good camera but honestly i barely take pictures.

      • There Are Plenty Of Specialty Out There In Most Of The Lumias Like PureMotion HD+ Screen (You can Use That By Nails, Gloves etc) Wireless Charging, Nokia Exclusive Apps Like Camera Pro, Smart Camera etc,And The Long Losting Battery Are Among The Great Reasons To Love Lumia Series. Infact A Year After Nokia Introduce That PureMotion HD+ screen, None Of The Sammy(Samsung) Phones Offer Such Displays Which Can Be UsedBy nails Gloves etc….

        • Again these specialties are for specific customers, not everyone will be impressed with them. For example one of the major disadvantage of the Windows Phone is their own market which is far behind in apps as we compare it to Android or iOS. I do admit that PureMotition HD will impress a few customers but but wireless charging is totally a gimmick , nothing else. Its actually not wireless. To charge you have to place your phone on charging pad which has a “wire”.. so that so called wireless is not truly wireless. Nokia exclusive apps are for lumia. There are many apps on Android and iOS to do the same. Long lasting battery? i could have agreed if have never used it. One of my friend was using Lumia and he complained about battery most of the time. 2nd OS is more closed even more close than iOS. You can’t copy anything into your mobile except Photos Music and Videos, no support for copying documents or data. Microsoft changed its echo system within short span of time and ignored those expensive Lumia 820 and 910. You can’t update them officially like Apple or even not unofficially like Android. Windows Phone have no support for network printing. Even its built-in office does not support printing. I respect your Lumia love but there are much better options out there..

  • Nokia Lumia 1020 stands no where in flagship phones just a 41MP camera and nothing else ………
    No 1080p display yet from Nokia and no quad core processor

    • ap nay 1080p aur quad core ka achar chatna hai?
      Its display is brighter than S4 and WP8 is highly optimized for lower specs plus lumia 1020 comes with 2Gb of Ram. I’m getting this
      Sent from my iPhone 4S

        • and the iPhone 5 has 326 ppi, its not the ppi that matters now. Its the App ecosystem which matters. Windows Phone has become the third major OS, ousting BB. Even Android has No FIFA 13 while WP8 already has it with iOS. its a sign of things to come ;)

  • It’s Because WP8 Does’t Support Full HD Displays And Quadcore Processors, You Have To Wait For Amber Update… And For Your Info Nokia Can Put That Quadcore And 1080p Display By First Day But The Matter Is WP8…

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