Nokia Lumia 920 vs Nokia Lumia 820: Video comparison

Vs 12:02, 15 Nov 2012

In this video comparison we take a side-by-side look at Nokia’s two Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets, the premium Lumia 920 and the mid-range Lumia 820

Obviously there are going to be ways in which the premium model Lumia 920 automatically outranks its subordinate, the Lumia 820, but fundamentally they’re both carrying the same processor hardware, meaning they both run Windows Phone at a slick pace.

To recap, that’s a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip with an Adreno 225 graphics processing unit (GPU), 28 nanometre (nm) architecture and 1GB of dual-channel RAM.

The Lumia 920 has a slight advantage on interface operation though, thanks to the PureMotion HD+ display, which synchronises the refresh rate with the processor and software at 60 frames-per-second – so it’s noticeably smoother than other Windows Phone models.

As we point out in the video, the Lumia 920’s 1280x768 pixel IPS LCD does outpace the Lumia 820’s 800x480 pixel AMOLED in terms of sharpness. Both have ClearBlack, making contrast, black depth and colours above average, although this benefits the Lumia 820 more.

Both handsets are reasonably large, but the Lumia 820 is much lighter and smaller enough to be more manageable.

The finish on the Lumia 920 is better as it’s made from a polycarbonate unibody, but the Lumia 820 has the advantage of interchangeable back covers and they still fit to the phone really nicely.

The Lumia 920 has wireless charging built-in, meaning you can charge it simply by placing it on a specially designed pad, available for around £50. Nokia has said that all Lumia 820s in the UK will ship with a back panel which has the same wireless charging capability.

The Lumia 920 has 32GB of fixed memory but no MicroSD slot for expanding this. Meanwhile, the Lumia 820 has 8GB onboard but supports MicroSD for cards up to 32GB. Both devices use MicroSIM cards.

In terms of camera tech, both are impressive with 8-megapixel primary setups featuring Carl Zeiss lenses. The Lumia 820 has an f/2.2 aperture while the Lumia 920 has an f/2.0 aperture.

However, the Lumia 920 has Nokia’s PureView optical image stabilisation with a ‘floating lens’, ensuring there’s less wobble and allowing the shutter to stay open longer to take in more light.

The results of this in terms of detail and colour reproduction have to be seen to be believed.

In the UK, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are available SIM-free from retailers.

However, on contracts you can currently only get the Lumia 920 as part of a 4G deal on EE’s new tariffs starting at £46 per month. The Lumia 820 is available on a range of 3G contracts from a variety of networks.

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