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.



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




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 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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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)

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65 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

3. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

You can count on it.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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... :-(

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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

41. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

They use a separate processor for the camera.

54. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

61. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 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...

58. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 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

2. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Go Nokia Go WP8 ;)

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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

48. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

55. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

4. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 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.

5. Epicness1o1

Posts: 305; Member since: May 30, 2013

Its just a dual core 1.5? :O

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

13. Epicness1o1

Posts: 305; Member since: May 30, 2013

Aha tnx

15. zennacko unregistered

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

47. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

and ugly. dont forget ugly.

62. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

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

7. lndn9

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 11, 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... -- [...] new mobile hero's coming: smartman.mobi

8. jb4674

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

9. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

25. ihatesmartphone unregistered

And pretty boring OS! lol XD

49. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

56. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

10. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Thanks, I won't take that useless advice!

21. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

32. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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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