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Nokia Lumia 1020: Smartphone camera reinvented

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Nokia Lumia 1020: Smartphone camera reinvented

The Nokia 808 PureView introduced a revolutionary smartphone camera technology to the world, but it always felt like bringing this innovation to the market alongside a dead OS was largely a wasted effort. Everyone loved the powerful camera, but no one fancied the Symbian-powered smartphone, especially when the fate of Symbian was perfectly clear. Naturally, the first question that came to everyone's mind after seeing the 808 PureView was "When are we going to see this camera on a Windows Phone handset?". Well, guess what - the wait is over, as Nokia has finally introduced the Lumia 1020 - the first Windows Phone smartphone equipped with Nokia's innovative 41 MP PureView camera!

This is your chance to learn all there is to learn about the Nokia Lumia 1020. What you'll find below is all the information you may wish to know about what's probably going to be the very best cameraphone this year. This time, however, Nokia's PureView-enabled smartphone isn't going to be a device for shutterbugs only. This time, those 41 megapixels are going to coexist with a contemporary operating system in Windows Phone 8, and while this may not be the default platform choice for smartphone aficionados these days, we can't admit that there's a lot of potential in those live tiles.


Nokia Lumia 1020: Smartphone camera reinvented

We can hardly see the Nokia Lumia 1020 becoming the people's champ when it comes to technical specifications, but you know what? That's perfectly OK with us, because we've noticed that the Windows Phone 8 OS doesn't need octa-core processors in order to perform smoothly. Here are some spec highlights for the Nokia Lumia 1020:

  • DISPLAY: 4.5-inch, 768x1280 pixels, 334 ppi, AMOLED
  • BATTERY LIFE: 13.3 hours 3G talk-time, 16 days stand-by
  • HARDWARE: 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage
  • CAMERA: 41 MP, Xenon flash, F2.2 aperture, BSI sensor, 1080p camcorder
  • CONNECTIVITY: LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA, NFC, A-GPS




Nokia Lumia 1020: Smartphone camera reinvented
The 41 MP camera is the hallmark feature of the Nokia Lumia 1020, and we're telling you, folks, we can't wait to put our hands on this PureView shooter and compare it against the fearosome competition out there, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5. While we wait, however, why don't you acquaint yourselves with this innovative, high-resolution camera that promises to redefine smartphone photography!


Nokia Lumia 1020: Smartphone camera reinvented



Nokia and AT&T, which is going to be the exclusive provider of the Lumia 1020 in the US, have been somewhat generous when it comes to availability and pricing info. The latest PureView smartphone should be available across markets in the US, Europe and China as soon as this quarter, with AT&T shipping the Lumia 1020 on July 26. Prior to that, the most impatient users who want to secure their handsets will be able to do so via a pre-order starting July 16.

While we're yet to learn about the Lumia 1020's price internationally, AT&T has already announced that it'll be offering Windows Phone's finest with a premium price tag of $299.99 with a two-year contract, which is obviously a departure from the carrier's previous approach of positioning Nokia's Lumias at very aggressive price-points. During Nokia's unveiling of the Lumia 1020, the company's CEO, Stephen Elop, did note that the Lumia 1020 will be available through AT&T at first, suggesting that it might grace the line-ups of other US carriers later in the year.

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:01 2

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I am hoping that by the time the L1020 makes its way to VZW, it will get an upgrade to the CPU, GPU and screen resolution.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:05 1

3. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


You can count on it.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:51

18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Probably. Verizon will release the Lumia model in the holiday season, which is about when Microsoft will release the GDR3 update to WP8 will be released, which brings 1080p display support.

Verizon Lumia 1028: 4.7" 1080p display with Snapdragon S4 Pro @ 1.7 GHz, everything else the same.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 16:26 1

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


With an S4 Pro, Nokia will continue their commitment to early L1020 adopters - to not completely obsolete their purchase.

I wonder how long it will take to write a 36 Mp file to storage with an S4 dual core CPU? The Galaxy Camera with the Sammy Exynos quad core chip takes about a second... :-(

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 16:44

26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It shouldn't take more than about 2 seconds. Based on Antutu scores, the Exynos 4 Quad scores about double that of dual core Krait in CPU tests.

But, the S4 Plus and S4 Pro only support up to 20 MP cameras. So 21 MP of that 41 in the 1020 are essentially useless, unless there's something I'm missing.

http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/s4/specs

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 08:19

41. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 78; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


They use a separate processor for the camera.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 14:13

54. eharris560 (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Yeah the OS that everyone likes to call s**t

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:52

61. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


the pureview was able to handle it without any hassle on a single-core and outdated os, with a lot of power to spare, it ain't android you know. S4 can't handle that powerful cam the way only nokia can, unless anyone wants either more gazillion lags or another reason to have another samsung blow up...again...

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 23:26

58. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


that seems true as their is no point to continue on this spec sheet with so much varity now and this will be intersting as this model will soon see huge price drop after the next genration phones are launched

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:01 8

2. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Go Nokia Go WP8 ;)

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:09 1

35. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


unbelievable phone seen today, can't wait to check it out the greatest, unbelievable, unique, and tremendous Nokia lumia 1020.

Loveable design, unbeatable features and of course camera #ZoomReinvented

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:57 1

48. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


If you like carrying around a brick with a huge bezel I guess its okay.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 14:18

55. eharris560 (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Why u mad? Don't hate the player hate the game. Sony has something coming for u

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:08 4

4. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


"we can't wait to put our hands on this PureView shooter and compare it against the fearosome competition out there, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5."

dont wait. if you have seen the demos, you know it's way way way (to the power of 41) above the rest.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:12 3

5. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 276; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Its just a dual core 1.5? :O

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:18 5

6. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You can't compare WP8 and Android 4.x processors head to head. It isn't apology to say WP8 doesn't need the fastest quad-core out there.

That said, the 1.5 Ghz S4+ is the same chip Nokia put in the Lumia 920 8 months ago, and something much faster will probably be released in a few months.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:41

13. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 276; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Aha tnx

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:42 1

15. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


S4 zoom is a dual core too... and humongous.

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 11:43 1

47. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


and ugly. dont forget ugly.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 07:05

62. LumiaLover (Posts: 162; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


That's all it needs...it will be smooth baby like every other Lumia

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:19

7. lndn9 (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Impressive, undoubtedly! Exactly such 'details' in smartphones make differenceon the mobile market. You don't offer new crucial features, you don't sell your products to new customers...

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:30 2

8. jb4674 (Posts: 145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


The biggest feature of this phone is just the camera function/hardware. I'm not too keen on owning a device that runs on Windows.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:34 1

9. ZeroCide (Posts: 778; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Try it you'll probably love it. It is a pretty smooth OS.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 16:35 4

25. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


And pretty boring OS! lol XD

posted on 14 Jul 2013, 13:59 1

49. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


If you want the best features and most dev support and updates stick to android. All that is unique about Nokia is they put good cameras in their phones.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 14:36

56. eharris560 (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Why should I waste my time rooting my phone? I can give that time to my wife and kids. I can have a few beers and watch tv. I can go to the gym, or enjoy a nice day/night. My point is the Droid life isn't for everyone. I pay $500 for the device so I don't have to be a programmer or write code.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:36 3

10. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Don't try it its nice an beautiful but at the Ned of the day its boring and hasn't got many features!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 15:38 1

11. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Thanks, I won't take that useless advice!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 16:19 3

21. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


The advice wasn't aimed at you though so you can gtfo.....

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 17:11 2

32. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I know, I just couldn't resist with such subjective advice. "You should try WP8." "No, don't try it. I find it boring."

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