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Comparison - Nokia N8 v Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

June 15, 2011
By Yud

Translated By Nigel Chew 

14 June 2011 – The Nokia N8 and Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo are two high-end candybar smartphones with powerful cameras. 

The Nokia N8 has a 12-megapixel shooter with Carl Zeiss lenses and Xenon Flash. The camera is also able to take pictures of up to 4000 x 3000 pixels in resolution and record videos in full HD 1080p. The front-facing camera of the Nokia N8 is capable of making video calls. On the other hand the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo’s 8-megapixel camera comes with Exmor R sensors and LED flash. It is able of capturing photos of up to 3263 x 2448 pixels in resolution, though compared to the Nokia N8, it can only do HD 720p videos. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo does however, come with front-facing camera as well. 

While the Nokia N8 runs on a Symbian^3, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) pre-installed. The Nokia N8 is powered by an ARM 11 680MHz processor with 256MB RAM as well as a Broadcom’s BCM2727 GPU. On the other hand, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is equipped with a 1GHz Scorpion processor with 512MB RAM, complemented by a Adreno 205 GPU. Raw benchmarks alone have the Sony Xperia Neo coming out on top. 

The Sony Xperia Neo’s display trumps the competition with its 3.7-inch screen with 480 x 854 pixels of resolution that is powered by Sony’s patented Bravia Engine technology. The Nokia N8 trails behind with its 3.5-inch screen which packs in 360 x 640 pixels. 

The Nokia N8’s saving grace is its large built-in storage capacity of 16GB, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has a paltry 320MB. Both however, support microSDs of up to 32GB.  

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has a 1500mAh lithium polymer battery, whereas the Nokia N8 has a slightly smaller 1200mAh, which translates to a better initial battery life for the former. 

In terms of connectivity options, both devices are dead even, as they come with the usual GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quadband support, not forgetting HSDPA and HSUPA with 3G network support as well as WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. The only difference lies in the versions of Bluetooth the devices support; The Nokia N8 users Bluetooth 3.0 while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo uses Bluetooth 2.1 

Depending on your needs, the Nokia N8 would make an ideal camera phone, with its large internal memory storage. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo on the other hand is just a really good smartphone with its better processor and operating system. 

Nokia N8 

3.5-inch display, 12-megapixel camera, 16GB internal memory, Symbian^3 OS  

The device looks like a giant capacitive 3.5 inch screen with 16M colours attached with a home button. With a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to record HD-quality videos and editing. 

Nokia N8 has a 680 MHz processor with 256MB RAM and has HSDPA and HSUPA network support. 

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo 

3.7-inch display, 8-megapixel camera, 320MB internal memory, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) 

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) device powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8255 1GHz processor. Its 3.7-inch display is powered by Sony’s Bravia Engine.  

It has a 8-megapixel camera with Exmor R sensors and is capable of recording videos of up to HD 720p.  

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ModelNokia N8Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
Market StatusCurrent ModelNew Model
TechnologyGSM / HSDPAGSM GPRS/EDGE 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
UMTS HSPA 900/ 2100 or UMTS HSPA 800/ 1900/ 2100
Dimension(mm)113.5 x 59 x 12.9116 x 57 x 13
Item Weight135126
Screen size3.5 inch, 640 x 360, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen3.7 inches, 480x854, Multi-touch, Scratch-resistant, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
Screen Color16M colorsTFT 16M colors
Line of Text--
Menu Type-Timescape UI
Design TypeBlokBlok
Navigation keyProximity sensor, Ambient light detectorAccelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Soft Key--
Other keys

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