Nokia Lumia 1020 won't get new camera features from Lumia Denim update

Nokia Lumia 1020 won't get new camera features from Lumia Denim update
Just the other day, one of our loyal readers posted a comment on a story about the Lumia Denim firmware update. He wanted to know if the Nokia Lumia 1020 was receiving the camera enhancements that are a part of the update. The ironic answer is "No." The most camera-centric device in the Lumia universe carries hardware that is too old to work with the new camera features. The phones that are receiving the camera updates include the Nokia Lumia 830, Nokia Lumia Icon and the Nokia Lumia 1520.

Some Lumia owners are reporting that their phone shows it running Lumia Denim even without receiving an updated firmware version number. That is because some models don't require the new firmware to support the new features coming to that specific model. For example, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the all-time favorite Windows Phone handset, the Nokia Lumia 520, are not receiving new firmware. So when either model hits Windows Phone 8.1.1, either via an official update or through Preview, the phone will "switch" to Lumia Denim.

On Wednesday, Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 10 for Phones. We should find out then if older Lumia models will participate in the update.

source: Microsoft via WindowsCentral

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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)



1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This is a sign all the high end Lumias need a serious refresh. Sooner then later hopefully.

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

MWC seems like perfect event for it.

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

1520 and 930 okay because of the newer processor I cant wait to try it out on my red 1520

3. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

My Lumia 1020....T.T

4. Mikele

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

This is very sad for a powerful phone like Lumia 1020! Nokia would forever be remembered of their prompt update

13. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

the camera was powerful, but the chip was weak, thats why it cannot get when the 1520 and 930 can get it

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i think the features are not supported by hardware of lumia 1020... it is time for lumia successor to come with all new advanced camera features with snapdragon 810....

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Uhhh PA, are you living under a rock? 1020 was always reported that the older S4 did not support the hadware tweaks that will give the 930/1520 a speed boost in getting the app to launch faster. I am more than happy with the 1020, and the camera grip? Freaking love it. It is a show stopper. Everyone stops and asks. I am sure the other camera phones like the zoom etc will get the same look. But will they all over camera centric smart charge covers to boot, with tripod mount and button that actually works? This article is a duh article. Not only that windowscentral had an interview that you would have done better at simply posting and saying, watch this video. It talks about a ton, including how the 1020's hardware doesnt support the update for the new app.

9. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I hope the announcement of windows 10 will not be a repeat of what MS did with WIN moible devices . I loved my win mobile phone and was eagerly awaiting the WIN 7 update when MS came out and said no older win mobile device would receive the update because their hardware was too ancient to run the new win 7 kernel. Disappointed. However, I soldiered on and eventually purchased a win 7.x Base device. Guest what? when the time for the new win phone update came again MS said it re-wrote the kernel once more and that all win 7.x devices were to old to run the new Os. I gave up and moved on. I hope that win phone 8.x customers are not told that their beloved models are to old and cannot run on the "new" win 10 kernel. that would be bad for MS. The 1020 is a beast of a smartphone for those who enjoy using their smartphone as a camera. To not allow it to be upgraded with all the features that win 10 will bring would be shameful.

10. kaka_ruhi

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

Then, Nokia needs another cameraphone with very high resolution camera (like 41 MP) with latest features..

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks I think that Microsoft is now in the Process of ending the Manufacturing of ALL NOKIA Brand Windows smart phones and is even now replacing them with Microsoft Brand Lumia Smart Phones Prof = The last 3 NEW Windows Lumia smart phones the 435,532 and the Lumia 535 are all Microsoft brand smart phones. so look for the Microsoft brand replacements for tht Nokia Lumia 520, 920, 925, 928, Icon, 930, 1020, 1520 and the other Nokia lumia smart phones. If you like a Nokia designed Windows smart phone you had better buy one NOW ASAP because Microsoft will not make or sell them anymore probably by mid 2015. hopefully at Mobile world congress in March Microsoft will debut some new the Microsoft brand replacements for the Nokia lumia 920, 928, the Icon/930 and the Nokia Lumia 1520. The Microsoft branded 435, 532 and the Microsoft brand 535 can replace current Nokia Lumia low end smart phones. Now the Mid and high end replacement smart phones must appear

14. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

More proof of how Microsoft f**ked up the 1020.

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

One of my insider sources hinted at a 1020 successor later this year around or after the official launch of Windows 10, so the 1020's dominance will be replaced with an even better model with the "best we can put in it", so hopefully/probably an 805 or 810 quad core processor, 3+ GB RAM, and the industry-leading camera tech, though they also hinted at another phone coming with the multi-lens array like the Pelican 16-lens system in that 4x4 array. We will see. Allegedly there will be good trade-in values at Microsoft Stores for 92# and 1020 devices as a push to increase sales numbers and get more folks on Windows 10 sooner.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Now that is something I might look into. I wanted a 1020, but I read many reviews talking about the shutter speed being slower than other models. Hopefully a refresh would take care of that.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

shutter speed? Uh no. Shutter speed has nothing to do with it. If anything it has the WIDEST shutter speed of nearly all phones. it is the processing of a 36mb camera and a 5mb picture from that 36mb picture, that takes time to save. You can also save just a 5mb file and it is much faster. Also i was afraid of the speed to. Though, with the first shot quality it is one of the few cameras i never have to retake, and when i do retake it is to adjust certain things for absolute perfection. No other phones that is in our group of friends takes one shot and done photos. They spend 20 seconds or more to get the perfect shot. So 7seconds to open the app, focus, shoot and save 2 nothing.

16. alias3800

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I know this isn't constructive or insightful but: HAHAHAHA

19. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013


21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I chuckled. +1

20. J2DS22

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

What!!!! I just bought a 1020 last week this sucks!!!

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So take amazing pictures with it. I have had mine for a few months. Would not trade it for another phone that is currently in its price range or near its range. You will come to love xenon as well.

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