Friday, July 12, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 MP camera becomes official

Well Nokia announced Nokia 808 PureView sometime back, it surely made a lot of waves in the smartphone world but faster then that was the starting of speculations of a 41MP PureView Lumia smartphone. Nokia used the PureView technology in Lumia 920 and 925 but it wasn't at the scale of Nokia 808. They have remedied this by announcing Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone with a huge 41 MP PureView camera module.

The highlight of this smartphone is its camera for sure so first lets see what Nokia has installed this time. It has a 41 MP PureView auto-focus camera with 1/1.5" (slightly smaller than 1/1.2" sensor of Nokia 808 PureView), 6 Lens Zeiss lens, optical image stabilization on-board and proper Xenon flash with LED Flash for videos coming to the party as well.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 can shoot 40MP as well as 5 MP snaps at the same time - 40 MP one with the sensor and 5 MP one after Nokia's Super Sampling algorithm has done its magic. To make things even better, it comes factory equipped with Nokia's Pro Camera and Smart Camera camera lens applications which allow pro users to fiddle with the settings and get the best out of this camera-phone. Interestingly, it also has a manual mode which is a very unusual thing for a product of this niche. It can shoot 1080p as well as 720p videos with lossless zoom of upto 4 times and 6 times respectively thanks to its high resolution camera sensor.

Apart from the camera, there are not much bells and whistles incorporated into the smartphone. Internals wise is a brother of Nokia Lumia 925 with 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. But to complement the high resolution camera correctly, Nokia ships it with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.

It has a beautiful 4.5" 1280 x 768 Clear Black AMOLED display with Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 present on top of it for its protection and it comes with Super Sensitive Touch loaded as well. On connectivity side, it comes with standard suite - BT 3.0, NFC, wifi a/b/g/n, GPS with GLONASS support and 42 mbps UMTS / HSPA, and LTE support.

It comes equipped with a 2000 mAh battery and weighs at 158 gm which is lighter then its predecessor - the Nokia 808 PureView. On software front, it comes equipped with Windows Phone 8 (as expected because of the Lumia moniker) along with its Amber update. Although it might seem to be a thick phone, its thickness comes at a very normal 10.4 mm but has a protruding camera sensor which might lead to seem scratching. Thankfully, Nokia has taken care of this by equipping the Camera Sensor with a cover.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will hit AT&T on July 26 in yellow, white and black variants at a price of 299.99$ with a two-year contract. If you want to be amongst the first users of this cameraphone, pre-orders start from July 16. It is expected to slowly move into the markets of India, China and some key European markets by the end of this quarter.


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