Nokia X vs. Nokia Lumia 520 – Forked Android Version Gets the Better of Windows Phone

Nokia was quiet for some time.

The Finnish Company was not in the news for a long time. However, Nokia could not be out of the smartphone game. The release of Nokia X handset by the Finnish Company gained much accolades in the smartphone arena. However, the Windows Phone was the cheapest handset in the Nokia’s Windows Phone series. Relishing the limelight, the Nokia 520 rocked the charts with its release in the smartphone arena. However, both the handsets come in similar price segment. Let us see which handset appears to be more interesting. The Nokia 520 is a Windows Phone, which has been stacked up today against the forked Android version, equipped in the Nokia X handset.


The Nokia X and the Nokia 520 Windows Phone encompass a plastic polycarbonate chassis. It is a trademark design from the Finnish Company. The premium design offered by Nokia comes irrespective of the cost. However, Nokia offers very little choice in the design department. Regardless, both the Nokia X and the Nokia 520 handsets appear premium and smart, unlike most handsets offered in similar price segment.


Both the handsets comprise of a decent 4-inch WVGA screen, having a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. As a result, the pixel density pushes to 223-ppi (pixels per inch). However, the Nokia 520 has an upper edge, with its scratch and dust proof coating, protecting the display.

Hardware and Memory

Nokia X handset encompasses a dual core processor, running at a speed of 1GHz and supported by a Snapdragon SoC chipset from Qualcomm. Meanwhile, the Nokia 520 boasts of similar clock speed as that of its counterpart. However, the difference lies in the chipset specifications. Regardless, both the handsets incorporate a RAM of 512MB. In terms of graphic processor, the Nokia 520 includes the Adreno 305, as compared to the Adreno 203, equipped in the Nokia X handset.

In the memory department, the Lumia 520 edges past the Nokia X handset. The Nokia 520 comes with an 8GB internal storage capacity along with external memory card slot for memory expansion up to 64GB. Meanwhile, the Nokia X includes a 4GB internal memory along with external memory expandable up to 32GB. The Lumia 520 supports the download speed up to 21.1Mbps on HSDPA, whereas, the Nokia has a high speed of 7.2Mbps.


The software marks a major difference between the two handsets. The Nokia X makes use of the forked Android version as its operating system, whereas, the Lumia 520 runs on the Windows Phone operating system. However, both handsets come equipped with Microsoft and Nokia services such as Skype, Outlook, Nokia Music, HERE maps and more.

The Nokia X has an advantage of being able to run a plethora of Android applications. However, those not pre-loaded on the handset, can be downloaded from the Nokia Store. The handset may not be competent to run all the applications, provided, the Android offers a bigger application database as compared to Windows. The Nokia X gains an advantage here.

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