Features Key features of the Nokia N8  vs Lumia 520 

screen size

Sure, you can get to work with Office integration, but the keyboard is a little small and the display doesn't give you that much space to play.
Lumia 520 | by PocketLint (May, 2013)

screen resolution

Nokia N8
640 x 360
Lumia 520
800 x 480
In automatic mode the phone performed pretty good, with accurate color representation and enough detail in the photos.
Lumia 520 | by PhoneArena (Apr, 2013)


Nokia N8
0.25 GB
Lumia 520
0.5 GB


Nokia N8
Single core
Lumia 520
Dual core
Coming in a variety of jolly colors, it hits the sweet spot of price and productivity, employing a decent display, dual-core processor and a 5MP camera, all at rock bottom pricing.
Lumia 520 | by PhoneArena (Apr, 2013)

camera resolution

Nokia N8
12.1 MP
Lumia 520
5 MP
The 5 megapixel camera is good for the price and while it doesn't have much built in storage it has a micro SD card slot to make up for it.
Lumia 520 | by TechRadar (Apr, 2014)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Nokia N8

Reasons to consider the
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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
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
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
Thinner 9.9 mm vs 12.9 mm Around 25% thinner
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
Slightly higher resolution 800 x 480 vs 640 x 360 More than 65% higher resolution
Slightly 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 

Thanks to the 12MP sensor and Nokia’s efforts, images don’t break down as soon as they are zoomed into, so there is some leeway in terms of cropping an image once it is taken.
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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
App store Nokia Store Windows Phone Marketplace
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 104,000 apps 120,000 apps


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
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (10.2 Mb/s)
HSDPA (10.2 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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