The Nokia X might be the talk of the town but the least expensive Windows Phone in Nokias line up, the Lumia 520, is also the most successful one. Also, given that both are positioned in the same price bracket, lets see what looks more interesting, a Windows Phone powered Nokia or one that runs a forked version of Android.
Design: Both the Nokia X and Lumia 520 have the trademark Nokia polycarbonate design, which offers a premium design and feel irrespective of the price point. There is very little to choose over here as both devices look smart and premium, unlike most smartphones in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment.
Display: Both the devices sport a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) display pushing out 223 pixels per inch (ppi). The Lumia 520 has a scratch resistant coating on top, which is absent from the Nokia X.
Hardware: The Nokia X has a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon SoC while the Lumia 520s unit boasts the same clock speed (and specs) but has a different chipset. Both get 512MB of RAM. The Lumia 520 has an Adreno 305 GPU while the Nokia X has an Adreno 203 GPU. The Lumia 520 has a larger storage (8GB internal, expandable up to 64GB using microSD card) than the X (4GB internal, expandable up to 32GB). The Lumia 520 also supports up to 21.1Mbps download speeds on HSDPA while the X tops at 7.2Mbps.
Camera: The Lumia 520 uses a 5-megapixel rear camera while the X gets a 3-megapixel unit. Neither of these get a secondary camera, but higher resolution and the ability to shoot 720p video makes the Lumia 520 a winner here. The Nokia X can only shoot videos in 480p resolution.
Software: The biggest difference between the two phones lies here. The Lumia 520 runs on Microsofts Windows Phone OS while the X uses Nokia X Software, a forked version of Android. In terms of out of the box features, both devices come integrated with Nokia and Microsoft services like Outlook, Skype, HERE maps, Nokia Music and so forth.
The good thing about the X is that it can run a lot of Android apps. And the ones that you cant find in the Nokia Store can be side-loaded. While it might not be able to run all the apps, given that Android has a larger app database than Windows, it is plus for the X.
Priced at approximately Rs 7,700, the Lumia 520 offers better hardware than the Nokia X. However, what runs in the Xs favor is the ability to run most Android apps. If the repertoire of apps is not important, the Lumia 520 still wins with better camera, a display with scratch resistant coating and the possibility of faster Internet browsing speeds if your carrier supports it. However, if it is apps that you are after, the Nokia X at Rs 8,599 is a better option.