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Nokia slashes price of Lumia 1020 in Europe: could this be in preparation for a new high-profile Lumia?

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Nokia slashes price of Lumia 1020 in Europe: could this be in preparation for a new high-profile Lumia?
Just moments before its April 2nd event, Nokia has slashed the price of its 41-megapixel, camera-centric Nokia Lumia 1020 by a large margin. You can now buy the Lumia 1020 for just €399 off contract from various dealers (in Finland), down from an earlier price of €495. In other European countries, the Lumia 1020 price has also gone down recently, and you can get it for around €450. The phone launched at a much higher original price, selling for $299.99 on a 2-year contract in the United States (you can grab it for $99.99 on AT&T now).

It is the timing of this latest price cut that is particularly interesting. First, because it comes just as Nokia is about to hold an event, where it's expected to unveil new Lumia devices. Second, due to the fact that phone makers use price cuts like this one to clear inventory before the arrival of a refresh of a device, so we have some reason to think this could signal a Lumia 1020 successor.

The Lumia 1020 comes with a 41MP PureView camera with the second-largest sensor (the Lumia 1020 has a 1/1.5” sensor, second only to the 1/1.2” one on the 808 PureView) and with optical image stabilization (OIS). Most importantly, all those technical advances pan out in a camera that has consistently scored at the very top in camera comparisons. 

All in all, we should say that we could only speculate whether this is indeed freeing the way for a new Lumia flagship, but luckily, Nokia’s event that could answer this question starts later today. We’ll be covering everything around the anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 launch and the new Lumias, so stay tuned.

Nokia slashes price of Lumia 1020 in Europe: could this be in preparation for a new high-profile Lumia?

source: Gigantti via @WhatTheBit

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:29 3

1. karim77 (Posts: 67; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


The 930 is coming ( i wish !!)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:07 2

12. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


its obviously coming, but the question is when?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:41 1

18. akki20892 (Posts: 3651; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Son of 920.....= 930
Beast + beauty is coming.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:30 7

2. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


OR because it is not selling well?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:40 3

4. mayur007 (Posts: 465; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


windows phone aint selling well , they doing this because the upgrade(new phone) is coming ..

still it wont sell enough(well)..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:52

10. sgodsell (Posts: 1433; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Why else do you think Nokia never released any Android type phone until this year 2014, because Android is expected to sell close to a billion Android smart phones in 2014 alone. That's before Nokia released their not 1, but 3 Android phones running with only Microsoft's apps and services, and none of Google's apps and services are to be found anywhere on these devices.
Microsoft and Nokia need sales and revenue so they are using the Android name. Its kind of funny that their WP OS is not generating the needed sales or revenue. They even released office recently to both iOS and Android.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:40 5

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1471; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I knew there would be a comment like this.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:43 1

6. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Well it's Windows.....just swallow the hard facts bruh

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:51 1

9. papss (unregistered)


Doesn't need to sell well.. it's a niche phone just like the 808.. but I'm sure you knew that?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:57 1

11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1471; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Windows Phone*

I was just saying that such comments were expected. Nothing else. And I'm not your "bruh".

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:23 1

14. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I think it sold well..Wp is still gaining market...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:39 1

3. papss (unregistered)


The camera is boss .. I miss having this phone but my wife loves hers. Hope this is a sign that a new one is in the works.. just add a faster processor and a bit more ram and it will be a hit

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:43 2

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2138; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Cool price. Personally I'd sit out for nex-gen PV w/FHD screen, SD805, 4k recording and faster ISP, but hey, that one won't come this cheap.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:27

15. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


now im getting mixed bags whether im getting 1020 now or this 930 later.

its already been a year waiting for buying my best lumia smartphonecam...
coz im waiting price cuts too

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 06:46

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Cool...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:21 2

13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol fandroids are aggressive today on the comments.. Lol must be feeling tha new wave of CHANGES!!! Nokia+Microsoft FTW!!!!!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:53

20. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Seriously! What's with all the hate? Windows Phone is a good platform, and this is coming from someone who has used only Android for the past 4 years.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:33

16. Puhelin (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Tavataanko torilla vai Gigantissa ?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:36 1

17. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Oh and eventually, every phone gets a price slash!! Fyi...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:09 2

19. Liveitup (Posts: 1562; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Hating Android fanboys say WP ain't selling well, WP has one major OEM and its fighting against the popularity of Android and iOS yet its growing faster than the two big boys selling tens of millions of units, sure I saw a story on Phonearena yesterday say WP is selling well, oh well the haters will hate while their fav OS imitates WP flat tile based UI.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:14

21. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


In Daniel Rubino's rebuttal of the Lumia 1820, he let it slip that Nokia has a dual-lens smartphone incoming in Q4 of 2014 or Q1 of 2015. He speculates this could be the next imaging flagship. I sincerely hope he's wrong about the time-frame, but it doesn't sound unlikely so there's probably no imaging flagship right around the corner right now.
[Source:http://www.wpcentral.com/no-there-no-nokia-lumia-1820 ]

Now dual-lens could mean several things. I doubt they'll go the HTC-route with a depth-scanning secondary camera. There are however two more likely alternatives. There's the Toshiba array setup where the image from two sensors are combined to form a high-resolution image (5 MP x2 becomes 13 MP in Toshibas case). Speculate freely about what this would mean in end quality, resolution and low-light sensitivity for dual 41 MP PureView sensors.
[Source:http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/product/new_products/sensor/1325631_37652.html ]

There's also the more intriguing option where the two sensors have different focal lengths, meaning one sensor captures a standard "wide-angle" image while the other captures a zoomed image. The end result is a full-resolution image whether you zoom or not, without having to add the thickness of a zoom lens. The end-image can also be improved by cross-referencing the images to one-another.
[Source:http://corephotonics.com/technologies/the-problem/ ]

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