Spec standoff: Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One Max

The smartphones are similar in size and weight, but Nokia has chosen a more powerful processor

Two new smartphones are going after customers who want supersized screens: Nokia's new Lumia 1520, launched Tuesday, runs Windows Phone and HTC's One Max is an Android offering. But how do the two stack up side-by-side?

It's time for a face-off on the hardware specs:

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The screen

When it comes to the best screen size for a device in this segment, HTC's and Nokia's product development departments seem to be in agreement. The Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch screen with a full HD resolution, while the One Max has a 5.9-inch screen with the same resolution.

Size and weight

Since the two models have roughly the same screen size, the weight is also close. The One Max is slightly heavier at 217 grams versus the Lumia 1520's 209 grams. The overall size of the two devices is also similar; the One Max comes in at 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.3 millimeters compared to 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 millimeters.

Processors

The two smartphones may have similar measurements, but they differ on processors. Both have quad-core processors from Qualcomm, but the Lumia 1520 is powered by the more powerful Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz compared to the One Max's Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7GHz.

Storage and RAM

Buyers of the HTC One Max can choose between 16GB or 32GB, while Nokia's spec sheet only lists a 32GB option. Both vendors will let users expand the integrated memory by up to 64GB using a MicroSD card. The amount of RAM available to applications is the same at 2GB.

Camera

The camera on the Lumia 1520 has a 20-megapixel resolution compared to the 4-megapixel camera on the One Max. The sensor on the Lumia measures 1/2.5-inch and it has a f/2.4 aperture compared to a 1/3-inch sensor and a f/2.0 aperture on the One Max.

Price

The Lumia 1520 is $749 before taxes and subsidies. The One Max sells for about $790 without VAT or subsidies in the U.K.

Other competitors in this space include the Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung Electronics and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

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