PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs Lumia 1020


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z
Lumia 1020
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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


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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs Lumia 1020

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z
Lumia 1020

DxOMark photo quality How good is the phone's camera?

DxOMark video quality Does it shoot good quality video?

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Z

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z

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Much faster web browser 2,664 vs 1,216 Around 2.2x better BrowserMark score
Is waterproof Yes vs No Somewhat common; Protected against the elements--and accidents
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 cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 768 More than 2x higher resolution
Sharper screen 440 ppi vs 331 ppi Around 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.5" More than 10% bigger screen
Longer standby time 32,976 min vs 23,040 min Around 45% longer standby time
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 10 mm More than 20% thinner
Lighter 146 g vs 158 g Around 10% lighter
More battery capacity 2,330 mA·h vs 2,000 mA·h More than 15% more battery capacity
Back view of Nokia Lumia 1020

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Takes much higher quality photos 79 vs 62 More than 25% better DxOMark photo quality score
Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Takes significantly higher quality video 64 vs 61 Around 5% better DxOMark video quality score
Much higher resolution front camera 41 MP vs 13.1 MP Around 3.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs Lumia 1020 

Fans of the Xperia line and Sony's software will no doubt love the phone, with the possible exception of battery life, but those who aren't loyal to the brand may find the durable metal casing and better display on the HTC One and the myriad features and replaceable battery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 more captivating.
Xperia Z

That sounds pretty good, but keep in mind that if you regularly use your phone for more “advanced” stuff like camera, GPS, video playback or gaming, the battery life will quickly drop to one full day.
Xperia Z

Sony itself claims you'll get up to 11 hours of talk time and 550 hours of standby time.
Xperia Z


8.4 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z  vs
Lumia 1020 
Size 5" 4.5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 331 ppi


Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP 41 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP 41 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 1.5 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 660 min 798 min
Talk time (3G) 840 min 798 min
Standby time 32,976 min 23,040 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 2,000 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
Lumia 1020 
Weight 146 g 158 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 10 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm 71 x 130 x 10 mm
Is waterproof Yes No


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes Yes


Operating system Android 5.1 Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes Yes
Adobe flash support No Yes


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