Features Key features of the Nokia N8  vs Lumia 520 

screen size

screen resolution

Nokia N8
640 x 360
Lumia 520
800 x 480

memory

Nokia N8
0.25 GB
Lumia 520
0.5 GB

processor

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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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
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
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 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 

8.5
8.0
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Nokia N8

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Nokia N8  vs
Lumia 520 
Type AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Size 3.5" 4"
Resolution 640 x 360 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 209 ppi 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

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

connectivity

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

hardware

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
SDXC
SDHC
SD

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

cellular

Generation 3.5G 3.5G
Networks
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)

battery

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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