Nokia unveiled its worst-kept-secret flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone 8 smartphone launched in New York to take over the Pureview mantle from the 808 Pureview of 2012.
Teased and leaked to death up to the very last minute before the big reveal, the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel shooter is what makes Nokia’s next marquee Windows phone, and what gives hardware jockeys a reason to salivate.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the second phone in the world to boast a 41MP rear camera sensor.
Combining the best of both worlds – solid smartphone experience and an unrivaled camera, the Lumia 1020 promises to become the hero device that both Nokia and Microsoft so desperately need at this moment.
Starting with the screen, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a decently large 4.5 inch 768 x 1280 display, giving it a pixel density of 334 pixels per inch. Nothing about that is bad- 4.5 inches is a good size and 334 pixels per inch is actually more than the iPhone 5 has.
However it’s still a lot less than the 441 ppi Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z, let alone the 469 ppi HTC One. It’s also exactly the same size and resolution as the displays on the Lumia 925 and Lumia 920, so it’s really disappointing to see no change in three generations of the handset.
The 1020 runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and has 32GB of internal memory, supplemented by 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, courtesy of Microsoft. The phone is sealed in typical high-end Lumia fashion, so there’s no expandable memory, though 32GB is a healthy helping. 2GB of RAM is good news in any case. It’s double what the Lumia 925 had and should make the Lumia 1020 a much more capable performer.
The Lumia 1020 also uses PureMotion HD+, making the screen impressively viewable in bright sunlight, as well as making it possible to use it with gloves on.
Nokia has managed to keep the phone fairly thin, coming in at 0.4 inch like the rest of the Lumia line.
The 1020’s chassis is a unibody piece molded from high-quality polycarbonate. It also sports similar smoothly rounded edges and a slightly curved back, making it comfortable to hold.
The Lumia 1020 is slightly thinner and lighter than the Lumia 920; that’s no mean feat considering the enormous camera. The back of the 1020 also uses a soft-touch coating that feels less slippery than the 920’s often-glossy back surface.
Above the display, a 1.2-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera sits at the ready to capture shots and HD video.
The camera is the real killer feature of the Nokia Lumia 1020. All high end Lumia handsets have been known for their camera but with the Lumia 1020, Nokia take things to another level by sticking a 41 megapixel sensor in it.
The 41-megapixel Pureview sensor includes optical image stabilization, 6-lens Zeiss optics, and a xenon flash, making it the centerpiece for the rear of the phone. It can shoot still images at 38-megapixel in 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. At the same time as it captures the high-resolution images, it also takes an oversampled 5-megapixel image using the sensor that can then be easily shared thanks to its smaller file size. The Lumia 1020 supports 1080p video capture, complete with 4x zoom and up to 6x at 720p.
The 1020 also reportedly houses an F2.2 aperture and the Pro Camera app we’ve heard about before should feature settings for ISO, white balance, manual focus, shutter speed and flash.
Nokia has launched an accessory that not only gives the Lumia 1020 a camera feel (with shutter button), it also provides a further 1020mAh battery.
There’s also a wireless charging cover too. It’s thin and lightweight, but it’s irritating that Nokia keeps eschewing it from the main design in order to keep weight down.
For those who love to tout their fancy colored phone around, Nokia Lumia devices have come in many colors, and it is no change on the Lumia 1020.It will be available in three colors White, Yellow and Black.
The 41 megapixel sensor in the Lumia 1020 has been the talk of the town and the device itself is now available for pre-ordering from AT&T with a full launch on July 26th.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will cost you $299.99 on a two year contact from AT&T, but you can also purchase it without long-term commitment from AT&T for a price tag of $659.99.Nokia will also bring the Lumia 1020 to China and select European markets this quarter, with an exclusive version for Telefonica.
Nokia Lumia 1020 at a glance
For anyone who prioritizes taking the best photos on a phone, the Lumia 1020 seems to have it all – even getting app partners on board, such as Path, giving you a place to share. I doubt this will inspire many iPhone or Android users to switch, but for mobile shutterbugs that really can’t bring themselves to carry around a dedicated camera, the 1020 is worth a good, long look.