Nokia Lumia 520 and Sony Xperia E have hit the online stores and both the smartphones sport pretty decent features at an affordable price. So, which entry-level smartphone is a better buy?

Nokia Lumia 520 runs on the Windows Phone 8 platform whereas rival Sony Xperia E runs on the Android v4.1 mobile OS Jelly Bean.

Since Windows Phone 8 OS is new in the market, it lacks in number of apps and games in its collection as compared to Android platform which boasts of second biggest collection of apps in the market.

 It remains to be seen if Windows Phone OS will end as a weak point of Lumia 520 against the rival Xperia E.

Here is brief comparison of main specs between Nokia Lumia 520 and Sony Xperia E:


Nokia Lumia 520 sports a 480x800p display with exclusive ClearBlack display technology which assists in viewing contents on smartphone clearer even under direct sun-light on the device.

Whereas Xperia E sports a HVGA TFT display with 320x480p resolutions and ends up losing points over the low display clarity.


In terms of efficiency, Lumia 520 once again comes top over the rival Xperia E as the Nokia smartphone packs dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GHz CPU whereas Sony smartphone houses a single-core Snapdragon S1 processor with 1GHz.


Being a budget smartphone Lumia 520 will not sport the feature-rich PureView camera sensors seen in its expensive sibling Lumia 920, but it still houses a pretty decent 5.0-megapixel camera sans the LED flash support.

Whereas Xperia E once again falls short in comparison to rival Lumia 520 with a 3.2-megapixel main camera.

Both smartphones will not feature secondary front-facing camera.

 Mobile Operating System:

In this department, Sony Xperia E holds the upper hand as it runs on the Android v4.1 mobile OS Jelly Bean, Xperia E buyers will  have more than 650,000 apps to enjoy, whereas Lumia 520 which runs on the latest Windows Phone 8 OS houses a tiny collection of 150,000 apps and games in its ecosystem.

In terms of RAM, memory, battery capacity and other add-on features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and network connectivity they have negligible differences.

Here is a break-down of key Specifications of Nokia Lumia 520 and Sony Xperia E:


Nokia Lumia 520

Sony Xperia E


4.0-inch WVGA ClearBlack

Display(800x480p) with

IPS display technology pixel

density of 235 pixels

per inch

3.5-inch HVGA display with 320x480p resolution


Windows Phone 8 OS

Android v4.1 OS Jelly Bean


Dual-core Qualcomm Krait

Processor with 1Ghz CPU speed

Single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon

S1 MSM7227A processor





8GB internal memory ,expandable up to


4GB internal memory, expandable up to



Main:5.0-megapixel camera

With auto-focus,

( no flash support)

no Front Camera

Main: 3.2-megapixel camera

640x480p image resolution and

4X-Digital Zoom

(No Front Camera)


1430 mAh

1530 mAh



2G & 3G

2G & 3G


Bluetooth v3.0, USB v2.0

Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n),

No-NFC connectivity support

Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v2.1

Micro-USB, Wi-Fi Hotspot, GPRS,



119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9 mm

113.5 x 61.8 mm x 11.0 mm 


124 g

115.7 g




*Price as listed in the