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Nokia Lumia 920 vs Sony Xperia Ion: Shootout of the Flagship Smartphones
Nokia unveiled a couple of smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 OS on September 5, 2012 at a special event in New York. Of the two smartphones – Lumia 920 is definitely the most anticipated flagship smartphone expected to be released in the market by November.
At the same time, Sony the Japanese handset manufacturer released its flagship phone Xperia Ion in the Indian market recently with boasting impressive features at a decent price tag.
Hence, Gizbot has come up with the spec comparison of the two hottest brands flagship smartphone to analyse how they stack up against each other.
Dimensions & Weight: Lumia 920 boasts a dimension of 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm and a weight of around 185 grams while Xperia Ion carries a dimension of 133.0 x 68.0 x 10.6 mm and weighs around 144 grams.
Display: Lumia 920 sports a larger 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution.
On the other hand, Xperia Ion sports a 4.6 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and the Reality screen is powered with the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
Operating System: In this segment, Lumia 920 is based on the upcoming Windows Phone 8 OS while Xperia Ion is an Android 4.0 ICS based smartphone.
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.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a simple and beautiful UI for easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity, new lock screen actions, rich and versatile camera capabilities, sharing with screenshots, Android Beam with NFC sharing and more.
Processor: In terms of processor, both the handsets are powered by a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Camera: On the camera optics front, Lumia 920 packs an 8.7MP rear camera with dual LED flash, autofocus and PureView branding and a 1.2MP front camera.
On the other hand, Xperia Ion boasts a 12MP rear camera with features like image stabilization, autofocus and LED flash and a 1.3MP front camera for video calling.
Storage: Lumia 920 has 32GB internal memory and 1GB RAM. Further, the Nokia WP8 handset also will come with a 7GB of free Microsoft SkyDrive storage, which is common for all Microsoft phones. However, Lumia 920 lacks a micro SD card slot.
Xperia Ion has 16GB on-board memory and have 1GB RAM and comes with a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: Talking about connectivity, both the smartphones have all the important and latest features including NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and micro USB 2.0. Moreover, Nokia's offering has Qi wireless charging as well.
Battery: Lumia 920 is equipped with a 2,000 mAh BP-4GW battery and Sony Xperia Ion is loaded with a 1,900 mAh Li-ion battery. However, both the batteries offer 400 hours standby and 10 hours talk time.
Price: While the official price of Lumia 920 is not confirmed by the company, it is expected by analysts to retail in India at Rs 34,000 approximately. However, Sony Xperia Ion is released into the market for a price of Rs 35,999 approximately.
Speaking about the Nokia Lumia 920, the handset is an innovation offering and houses breath-taking aspects including wireless charging, glove-friendly touchscreen display and comes in vivid color options. Hence, if the concern is on wireless charging, increased memory options (despite of lack of micro SD card slot) and Windows Phone 8 user experience accompanied with the likes of PureView technology Lumia 920 is a better option.
However, if the size and usability of the handset is a primary concern, the light weight Sony Xperia Ion with the 13MP camera, expandable memory options and slightly larger display can be the right one for you.
Also the choice might depend on which OS the consumer will prefer to work on – Windows Phone 8 or Android ICS.