Nokia Lumia Icon vs Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1 specs comparison

Nokia Lumia Icon vs Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1 specs comparison
Nokia Lumia Icon is finally upon us as a Verizon exclusive, and with it the prayers of Lumia 1520's awesome specs but in a more manageable body, have seemingly been answered. Or have they?

With a 5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39" body, against the 6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34" on the 1520, Nokia Icon is certainly much more compact than the 6" phablet, but how about if we pit it against another 5-incher, like the Xperia Z1, which also sports a high-res camera. Well, the things here look pretty good for the Lumia as well, since the Sony handset measures 5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33" - taller and wider than the Icon. Of course, it is also thinner, waterproof, and with a more premium chassis materials, despite having almost the same weight as the Lumia's 5.86 oz.

On the display side of things the Icon sports 441ppi pixel density, as much as the Z1, but its ClearBlack AMOLED screen with high brightness mode and excellent viewing angles is much superior to the poor viewing angles on Sony's phone, and it can also be operated with gloves on, just like the panel on the 1520. As for the processing power and memory - all three phones are loaded with fast Snapdragon 800 chipsets and 2 GB of RAM. Sony's phone offers 16 GB of internal storage, compared to 32 GB on the Lumias. It also adds a microSD slot for expansion, but so does the 1520, leaving the Icon with the embedded amount of memory only, though 32 GB is usually enough for most purposes.

The cameras is where it's at with those handsets, as all sport 20 MP units, but the PureView ones in the Lumias sport Zeiss lens and optical image stabilization, making low-light photography superior to what the Z1 can produce. In addition, Nokia's handsets sport the record four HAAC microphones each, grabbing a great distortion-free stereo sound to go with your videos, even at loud metal concerts. Too bad that the Icon is a Verizon exclusive for now, but we hope to see its equivalent make a global march, too.

Nokia Lumia Icon vs Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1

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Display

Size

5.0 inches
6.0 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

AMOLED
IPS LCD
TFT

Screen-to-body

71.04 %
70.95 %
64.52 %

Peak brightness

 
600 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass, Polarizing filter
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974-AA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
16GB

OS

Windows Phone, 8
Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)

Battery

Capacity

2420 mAh
3400 mAh
3000 mAh

Talk time

 
27.40 hours
the average is 17 h (1009 min)
13.83 hours
the average is 17 h (1009 min)

Stand-by time

18.0 days (432 hours)
the average is 22 days (540 h)
32.0 days (768 hours)
the average is 22 days (540 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 22 days (540 h)

Talk time (3G)

16.40 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
25.10 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1300 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 26 days (617 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
 
31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 22 days (523 h)

Music playback

75.00 hours
124.00 hours
110.00 hours

Video playback

9.00 hours
10.80 hours
5.50 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
20 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
20.7 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Features

OIS, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Video light
HDR, Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS

Front

1.2 MP
1.2 MP
2 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.79 x 0.39 inches (137 x 71 x 10 mm)
6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches (162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm)
5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)

Weight

5.86 oz
7.37 oz
6.00 oz

166.0 g
209.0 g
170.0 g

Resistance

 
 
Water, Dust; IP 58

Features

Notification light
 
 

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 749
 

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Lumia Icon
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2420 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8
Lumia 1520
  • Display 6.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1
Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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