Nokia Corp. on Thursday introduced its long-awaited Lumia 1020 smartphone that bring unprecedented imaging capabilities to Windows Phone 8-based device. Unfortunately, the new 41MP camera sensor (7712*5360 resolution) with custom Carl Zeiss optics is virtually the only hardware innovation of the handset since it is based on last year’s application processor and features only 32GB of NAND flash storage.
Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with 4.5” AMOLED display (1280*768 resolution) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 highly damage-resistant protective glass and is powered by dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 running at 1.5GHz. The smartphone is equipped with 32GB internal storage, 2GB LPDDR2 memory, 1.2MP front-facing camera and 2000mAh battery. Other features of Lumia 1020 are the same as on other premium smartphones from Nokia (4G/LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, FM radio and so on). In many ways, Nokia Lumia 1020 resembles well-known Lumia 920-series smartphones, but many features have been refined to provide better imaging and video shooting capabilities.
Leading-edge imaging and video capturing capabilities of Nokia Lumia 1020 are enabled by a combination of a special 41MP sensor, custom-built Carl Zeiss optics with six physical lenses with optical image stabilization, a special chip inside the phone (since Snapdragon S4 does not support 41MP camera), built-in xenon flash, mechanical shutter as well as Nokia Pro Camera application that will eventually be available for Nokia Lumia 920-series smartphones. The phone also features Nokia Rich Recording technology, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.
Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38MP image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5MP picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.
"We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia's leadership in imaging," said Stephen Elop, president and chief executive of Nokia.
Nokia also announced the new Nokia Camera Grip, a tripod mount, which is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of $79.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of $299.99 on a two-year contract. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter.
Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica to select European and Latin American markets. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black.