Lumia 1020 vs Lumia 920 Comparison & Specifications

Nokia announced another flagship phone, Lumia 1020 which looking at the specs it is the best Windows Phone. Not only that but it seems like Nokia perfected 808 Pureview for Windows Phone.  The specs have been leaked already along with the Product PDF.

When Nokia launched Lumia 920, it has best low performing camera but at the same time it was pretty bulky, almost 180gms, compared to any other device.

This thickness was trimmed off with Lumia 925 and now with Nokia Lumia 1020, the phone with Zoom Reinvented, you have a 41MP Camera into almost  the same size as Lumia 920 but still thinner than 808. As a matter of fact, if you look very closely to the specs, the camera in the phone has probably all the best features from Lumia 920, Lumia 925 and even Lumia 720.

Nokia Lumia 1020 vs 920

I remember talking to Hansman and he said that initially it was quite difficult to build Lumia 920, but now they can build phones with extremely powerful lens. The dream of bringing 808 Pureview to Windows Phone is complete today.

Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 920
  • PureView 41 MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • 6 lens optics
  • Resolution : 3264 x 2448
  • Aperture f/2.2
  • Xenon Flash for still images while LED for video
  • 1080p video recording at 30 fps
  • High resolution with 3X Zoom
  • Backside-illuminated image sensor
  • Autofocus
  • Pureview 8.7 MP sensor with OIS
  • 5 Lens Optics
  • Resolution : 3264 x 2448
  • Aperture f/2.0
  • Dual LED Flash
  • 1080p video recording at 30 fps
  • Autofocus
  • Backside-illuminated image sensor
  • High resolution with 4X Zoom
Lumia 1020 Camera takes multiple picture which are loss less when you zoom. Thus bringing its PureView 808 fundamentals to Windows Phone 8.Xenon Flash is extremely useful when it comes to low light photography.
  • Amoled
  • 4.5 inch WXGA (1280 x 768)
  • Protection: 2.5D sculpted glass Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Display Features: PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability,
  • Touch screen technology: Super sensitive touch for nail and glove usage
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.
  • 4.5 inch Display resolution: WXGA (1280 x 768)
  • Protection: Sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Display features: Sunlight readability enhancements, PureMotion HD+, High Brightness Mode.
  • Pixel density: 332 ppi
  • Touch screen technology and Sensors:  Same as 1020.
Gorilla Glass 3 offers improved scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility, and improved retained strength.Amoled screen will consume less battery. Useful for Click Display when phone is in standby mode.
RAM 2GB 1GB High End Games will run smoothly and it’s probably camera processing that needs more RAM.
Memory 32 GB 32Gb No SD support can be a problem as you will have multiple image of the same picture.
Processor 1.5GHz Snapdragon Dual Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon Dual Core No word on type but looking at longer battery life seems to be upgraded version.
Front Camera 1.2 MP with HD and Wide-angle 1.3 MP with HD Wide-angle is an advantage for video calls.
Size 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm 130.3 X 70.88 X 10.7 mm
Weight 158 gms 185 gms Light but still heavy but for camera, no body will care, never did for even Lumia 920.
Battery 2000 mAh 2000 mAh
  • IHF Speakers
  • HD Voice.
  • Nokia Rich Recording with distortion free stereo sound even in noisy environment.
  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • HD audio
  • Dolby
  • High Dynamics Recording
  • 3.5 mm Audio Jack
HD recording will make sure you have less noise in your video. If you cross check, Nokia 808 has the same technology.
Colours Yellow, White & Black Red, White, Black, Yellow and Cyan You can have your craving for Cyan version now.
Network GSM: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz WCDMA: 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHzLTE network bands 1, 3, 7, 20, 8 HSPA+ DL Cat 24, Dual Carrier 42.1 Mbps/UL Cat5.76 GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz.LTE network bands3: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 1900 MHz, 850 MHz
  • microUSB Charging
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC with SIM based security,
  • WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass
Same as Nokia Lumia 1020
Exclusive Software
  • Nokia Pro Camera mode
  • Nokia Smart Camera Mode.
  • Cinemagraph lens
  • Smart Shoot lens
  • Panorama lens

Also available with Lumia 1020.

Wireless charging has been removed in Lumia 1020. It would have been more of a technical challenge because of the huge camera which is already bulging out and make wireless charging less effective or it could be a business strategy to sell more accessory.

What kind Battery Life you can expect from Lumia 1020:

Though it’s not possible to tell right now but I had expected more battery life for the phone. As the quality of pictures have been improved further, expect users to click more often be it day or night. That means you will consume even more battery ( and that’s why they came up with Nokia Camera Grip).

That said if you compared the standby and talk time of Lumia 920 vs Lumia 1020, even with same battery, 1020 lasts longer than 920. This means that the processor has been upgraded which is consuming less power. This was expected because for such huge camera sensor you need both processing power and more RAM.

I am expecting the battery life to be little less compared to Lumia 920 but at the end it will depend how you use it. We will come with detailed comparison when the devices become available.

New Nokia Accessories for Nokia Lumia 1020:

  • Nokia Camera Grip PD-95G: This will help you make your shot even more perfect as it comes with tripod mount, ergonomic grip and extra battery to support your awesome camera phone.
  • Nokia Wireless Charging Cover CC-3066: Like Lumia 925, there is a snap case that will be available and can be used with any standard QI compliant wireless charger.


Nokia Lumia 1020 has not only advanced hardware but its running the most recent build of Windows Phone with latest apps made for this Pureview camera. Nokia Pro Camera is one such example which allows to make the sharpest image with such high detail even better using the app and with your creativity.