Lumias 1020 and 1520 head for the North Pole with explorer Eric Larsen

Nokia's Lumia 1020 and 1520 seem to be prime candidates for conquering the North Pole, as they are equipped with durable polycarbonate chassis, screens that can be operated with gloves on, and great cameras to document your journey.

That's exactly what Microsoft decided to prove, gifting explorer Eric Larsen, and his "team of adventurers," with the top-shelf Lumias. They will be crossing the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island, to the geographic North Pole. In 2006, a Norwegian team traversed the 500-mile distance in 49 days, so that's the record to beat here.

Needless to say, they will be carrying all food, clothing and other supplies needed to survive -50 weather, on their own, so there will be plenty of scary and awesome moments to photograph. Microsoft is using this journey as a test of the phones' endurance, as well as a publicity stunt, so you can see the pictures that Eric uploads throughout the expedition on his website. Some prep photos are already up, and you can check them out from the source link below.

source: EricLarsen via Microsoft

Related phones

Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(13.3h 3G talk time)
Lumia 1520
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(25.1h 3G talk time)



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh yeah bro PANASONIC ruleeez

2. papss unregistered

I'll be interested in seeing how they hold up in such climates.

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

LOL u just needed to see how they did in Canada 2 months ago with up to -45 in most places

4. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

This is not a publicity stunt. They're bringing a phone to take advantage of all the great LTE coverage and WiFi hotspots at the north pole. Hmmmm.... Ok, maybe not. But the camera - at least they can put the camera through some real work. The zoom is a little limiting, but hey, they can always just get a little closer to that polar bear they're looking at. Ok, maybe that's not such a good idea. At least they can test the phone in sub-zero temperatures. Oh, but they make environmenal test chambers for that type of thing. Ok, I guess it is a publicity stunt.

6. papss unregistered

Nice name.. Bias? Never


Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

I did hear Windows Phones freeze up less.

7. allawi

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

I am using my lumia 1020 with gloves because Minnesota State is so cold and the temperature was 40 below zero. Nokia built a really nice phones

8. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Nokia's are that durable.. just ask me.

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