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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Sony Xperia E: Which Budget Smartphone is Worth for Pre Order?

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Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013, 13:51 [IST]
 
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Nowdays, consumers are interested in replacing their old handsets with new and advanced smartphones. Keeping this trend of the consumers in mind, the smartphone vendors across the world are constantly coming up with impressive offerings at affordable price points.

Especially, Android OS has always facilitated the manufacturers to make budget oriented smartphones. In fact, the low cost smartphone segment is crowded by a plethora of such offerings. Seeing the popularity of such handsets made by the native manufacturers in India, the global vendors have also entered the budget segment of the market with their Android offerings.

Gradually, the budget smartphones have started transitioning from Gingerbread OS to Jelly Bean, the latest one available as of now. Recently, Sony unveiled a couple of budget smartphones based on Jelly Bean - Xperia E and its dual SIM variant Xperia E Dual. As of now, the smartphones are yet to be officially released in India, but they are available online for pre-order at Rs 9,990 and Rs 10,990 respectively.

Nokia has proved that the budget smartphone segment need not be restricted only to Android OS by launching Windows Phone offerings at very low price tags. By launching Lumia 510, a Windows Phone 7.8 based smartphone in the sub Rs 10,000 price range, the Finnish manufacturer gained enough popularity among the budget conscious consumers.

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Nokia Lumia 520 vs Sony Xperia E: Which Budget Handset is Better?

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At the MWC 2013 tech show last month, Nokia unveiled Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 based on Windows Phone 8 platform. Both the smartphones are priced reasonably in order to penetrate deep into the market. Of the duo, Lumia 520 is available for pre-order on Flipkart at Rs 10,499.

If you are planning upgrade to a latest smartphone and confused on which one to choose, Gizbot has come up with a comparison between the two smartphones - Lumia 520 and Xperia E based on the latest versions of Windows Phone and Android operating systems. Read it below.

Form Factor: Lumia 520 packs a dimension of 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm and weighs in at 124 grams, whereas, Xperia E measures 113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm and carries a weight of 115.7 grams.

On the display front, Lumia 520 features a 4 inch mulit-touch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 233 ppi pixel density and scratch resistant glass.

At the same time, Xperia E boasts a smaller 3.5 inch mulit-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 165 ppi pixel density and a scratch resistant glass protection.

Comparing the two displays, it is clear that Lumia 520 has a better one with increased pixel density and better viewing angle with the IPS technology.

Processor: When it comes to processor, Lumia 520 is powered by a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 Snapdragon S4 processor and Xperia E is equipped with a single core 1GHz Qualcomm MDM7227A Snapdragon processor. The dual core chipset in Lumia 520 will offer better multi-tasking, efficient heat reduction and reduced power consumption.

Operating System: While, Xperia E comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, Lumia 520 is based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform.

Detailing on software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has Project Butter, which offers faster, smoother and responsive performance, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable App Widgets functionality, high resolution contact photos, live wallpapers, Android Beam app and more.

On the other hand, Windows Phone 8 has improved features like dynamic Live Tile Information, social network integration in the People hub, Skydrive and Office 365 documents synchronization, Facebook-events integrated calendar, visual voicemail, threaded email conversations support and many more.

Camera: Lumia 520 houses a 5MP rear camera with autofocus and Xperia E comes with a 3MP rear camera, however, both the smartphone lack a front camera for video calling, which is annoying.

Storage: Lumia 520 comes with 8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB. On the other hand, Xperia E has 4GB internal storage, 512 RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.

Connectivity: In terms of internet connectivity, Lumia 520 and Xperia E come with decent connectivity features including dual band Wi-Fi, average 3G download speeds, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and micro USB 2.0.

Battery: While Lumia 520 is powered by a 1,430 mAh battery delivering up to 360 hours backup, Xperia E is equipped with a 1,530 mAh battery offering up to 520 hours backup, which is relatively longer.

Other Features: Talking about exclusive software features, being a part of Nokia's Lumia lineup, Lumia 520 will come loaded with apps including Nokia Drive, Nokia CityLens, Nokia Maps and MixRadio. Also, being Windows Phone 8 based smartphone, it will come with 7GB free SkyDrive storage. At the same time, Xperia E comes with Sony's Walkman application and Music Unlimited feature for music enthusiasts.

At the end, if the concern is on a smartphone with better display, multi-core and efficient processor and improved camera, Lumia 520 could be a better option. On the other hand, for consumers who prefer to have smartphones with long battery life, Xperia E should be the right choice. Finally, both are smartphones based on different platforms and users will have to decide whether they like to use Android or Windows Phone handset before buying one.

Story first published:  Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:37 [IST]
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