PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia SP vs Lumia 920

Performance

Processing power and speed

BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com and pocket-lint.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia SP vs Lumia 920

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia SP
1,098 ms
Lumia 920
910 ms
In HTML5 BrowserMark 2 and Vellamo tests, the Xperia SP did very well, once again likely due to the Chrome browser's most recent optimizations.
Xperia SP | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia SP
2,263
Lumia 920
2,013
We expected the Nokia Lumia 920 to match the other WP8 phones we've tested in terms of performance in the SunSpider and BrowserMark benchmark tests and it delivered.
Lumia 920 | by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
13.2 fps
Lumia 920
3 fps
It does, however, feature an Adreno 320 GPU, the same found on the flagship Xperia Z, so we're expecting good performance when it comes to graphic-intensive activities like gaming.
Xperia SP | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
32.4 fps
Lumia 920
8.4 fps
We ran GLBenchmark off-screen, which means we're testing at a fixed resolution, which lets us test the raw GPU power.
Xperia SP | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia SP

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Significantly faster graphics 13.2 fps vs 3 fps Around 4.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Faster web browser 2,263 vs 2,013 More than 10% better BrowserMark score
Much bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 120,000 apps More than 7x more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Lighter 155 g vs 185 g More than 15% lighter
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
More battery capacity 2,370 mA·h vs 2,000 mA·h Around 20% more battery capacity
Longer standby time 41,760 min vs 27,648 min More than 50% longer standby time
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Longer standby time (3G) 42,336 min vs 27,648 min Around 55% longer standby time (3G)
Longer talk time (3G) 793.8 min vs 648 min More than 20% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Slightly thinner 10 mm vs 10.7 mm More than 5% thinner
Front view of Nokia Lumia 920

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Nokia Lumia 920

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Store significantly more stuff 32 GB vs 8 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia SP  vs Lumia 920 

8.0
9.0
Throw in the fact that it has good viewing angles and a strong iridescent glow, it’s more than visible in outdoor conditions with the sun present.
Lumia 920

8.0
8.0
The excellent camera and range of connectivity that includes NFC and 4G go hand-in-hand with a great design and a screen size that will be just right for someone that doesn't want a high-end 5-inch monster.
Xperia SP

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia SP  vs
Lumia 920 
Size 4.6" 4.5"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 319 ppi 331 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8.7 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8.7 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE (100 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 793.8 min 648 min
Standby time 41,760 min 27,648 min
Standby time (3G) 42,336 min 27,648 min
Capacity 2,370 mA·h 2,000 mA·h

form factor

Xperia SP  vs
Lumia 920 
Weight 155 g 185 g
Thickness 10 mm 10.7 mm
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.3 Windows Phone 8
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Windows Phone Marketplace
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 120,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0
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