Spec standoff: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One Max

The smartphones are similar in size and weight, but Nokia has chosen a more powerful processor

Two new smartphones are going after customers who want supersized screens: Nokia's new Lumia 1520, launched Tuesday, runs Windows Phone and HTC's One Max is an Android offering. But how do the two stack up side-by-side? It's time for a face-off on the hardware specs:

The screen

When it comes to the best screen size for a device in this segment, HTC's and Nokia's product development departments seem to be in agreement. The Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch screen with a full HD resolution, while the One Max has a 5.9-inch screen with the same resolution.

Size and weight

Since the two models have roughly the same screen size, the weight is also close. The One Max is slightly heavier at 217 grams versus the Lumia 1520's 209 grams. The overall size of the two devices is also similar; the One Max comes in at 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.3 millimeters compared to 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 millimeters.

Processors

The two smartphones may have similar measurements, but they differ on processors. Both have quad-core processors from Qualcomm, but the Lumia 1520 is powered by the more powerful Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz compared to the One Max's Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7GHz.

Storage and RAM

Buyers of the HTC One Max can choose between 16GB or 32GB, while Nokia's spec sheet only lists a 32GB option. Both vendors will let users expand the integrated memory by up to 64GB using a MicroSD card. The amount of RAM available to applications is the same at 2GB.

Camera

The camera on the Lumia 1520 has a 20-megapixel resolution compared to the 4-megapixel camera on the One Max. The sensor on the Lumia measures 1/2.5-inch and it has a f/2.4 aperture compared to a 1/3-inch sensor and a f/2.0 aperture on the One Max.

Price

The Lumia 1520 is US$749 before taxes and subsidies. The One Max sells for about US$790 without VAT or subsidies in the U.K.

Other competitors in this space include the Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung Electronics and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags consumer electronicshtcsmartphonesNokiaMobile OSesAndroidmobileWindows Phone

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?