Features Key features of the Nokia N8  vs Lumia 520 

screen size

screen resolution

Nokia N8
640 x 360
Lumia 520
800 x 480


Nokia N8
0.25 GB
Lumia 520
0.5 GB


Nokia N8
Single core
Lumia 520
Dual core

camera resolution

Nokia N8
12.1 MP
Lumia 520
5 MP

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Nokia N8

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Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Significantly higher resolution front camera 12.1 MP vs 5 MP Around 2.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Store more stuff 16 GB vs 8 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Front view of Nokia Lumia 520

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Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes vs No Somewhat common; Share your cellphone's data plan with other devices
Faster processor 1 GHz vs 0.68 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Longer talk time (3G) 576 min vs 349.8 min Around 65% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Bigger screen 4" vs 3.5" Around 15% bigger screen
Quite a bit thinner 9.9 mm vs 12.9 mm Around 25% thinner
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Lighter 124 g vs 135 g Around 10% lighter
More battery capacity 1,430 mA·h vs 1,200 mA·h Around 20% more battery capacity
Slightly sharper screen 233 ppi vs 209 ppi More than 10% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Better theoretical download speed 21.1 Mb/s vs 10.2 Mb/s More than 2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks

Reviews Word on the street

Nokia N8  vs Lumia 520 

A pretty decent alternative to the built-in browser is the free Opera Mobile 10.1, which offers a very fast and smooth performance, but unfortunately allows for just a single zoom level (which, in most cases, does the job).
Nokia N8

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nokia N8  vs
Lumia 520 
Size 3.5" 4"
Resolution 640 x 360 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 209 ppi 233 ppi


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes Yes


Operating system Symbian Belle Windows Phone 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes Yes
Adobe flash support Yes No


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No Yes
Supports NFC No No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Nokia N8  vs
Lumia 520 
Weight 135 g 124 g
Thickness 12.9 mm 9.9 mm
Size 59 x 113.5 x 12.9 mm 64 x 119.9 x 9.9 mm


Clock speed 0.68 GHz 1 GHz
Number of cores Single core Dual core
RAM 0.25 GB 0.5 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 12.1 MP 5 MP
Resolution 12.1 MP 5 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps


Generation 3.5G 3.5G
HSDPA (10.2 Mb/s)
HSUPA (2 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (10.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 720 min 888 min
Talk time (3G) 349.8 min 576 min
Standby time (3G) 24,048 min 21,600 min
Capacity 1,200 mA·h 1,430 mA·h
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