Can’t afford to buy Apple’s iPhone 6? There are cheaper alternatives if you need urgently a new phone and Nokia is one of the candidates, offering a wide range of mid-range phones. Today, we’ll compare three of its phones: the X2 Dual-SIM with the Lumia 520 and 530 models.
Displays, designs and sizes
While both of the Lumia models have curved rear panels with round edges, the Nokia X2 has a layer of scratch-resistant glass on top of its back panel, making it flat and with sharp corners. However, all three models come in many colors, but the Lumia 520’s colors are vivid and bright.
The X2 and the Lumia 520 have IPS LCD displays of 4.3 inches and 4inches respectively and they support the same resolution of 480x800pixels, but the pixel densities differ: X2’s ClearBlack display supports 217ppi and the Lumia 520 has 233ppi. While the Nokia X2 weights 150grams and measures 121.7×68.3×11.1mm, the Lumia 520 is considerably lighter, weighting 124grams and it’s narrower and slimmer, measuring 119.9x64x9.9mm.
The Lumia 530 is even thicker than the Nokia X2, measuring 11.7inches, but it’s narrower than both of the other two models (62.3mm), it measures 119.7mm in length and it weights 129grams. So, it’s smaller than its siblings, meaning that it has a smaller display too. It’s a TFT display of 4inches with the resolution at 480x854pixels with 245ppi.
Hardware and OS
The X2 and the Lumia 530 are powered by a 1.2GH processor based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset, but the X2’s processor has two cores, while the other phone’s processor has four cores. However, both phones are using an Adreno 302 GPU and have an internal memory of 4GB which is expandable up to 32GB in X2’s case, and up to 128GB – which is supported by the Lumia 530. The X2 is the only Nokia phone running on Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Nokia X platform 2.0 UI on top of it and 1GB of RAM, while the Lumia 530 comes with Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS and 512MB of RAM.
The Lumia 520 has a weaker dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, which is based on a Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset, but it uses a newer Adreno version – 305. This phone operated, initially, on Microsoft Windows Phone 8, but now it runs on v8.1. It has 512MB of RAM and an internal memory with a double capacity, which supports expansion up to 64GB.
If you’ll by the X2 or the Lumia 520, you’ll receive 7GB free SkyDrive storage and for the Lumia 530 you’ll receive 15GB free storage.
All three handsets have 5MP cameras on their backs with 1/4” sensor size. The X2 has autofocus and LED flash, the Lumia 520 has only autofocus and the Lumia 530 lacks these two features. While the X2 has a VGA front camera which records at 480p, the other two haven’t been equipped with a secondary camera.
All three phones have user replaceable batteries. The X2’s battery has the biggest capacity, although compared to other phones of its generation, it’s quite small (1800 mAh). Still, it’s able to last 552hours in stand by mode and it delivers 13hours of talktime. The Lumia 520 and 530 have 1430 mAh batteries which allow a total duration of talking time on 3G of about 10 hours.
Nokia X2 – 140 dollars
Lumia 520 – 88 dollars
Lumia 530 – 99 dollars
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