Nokia unveils 41MP Lumia 1020 smartphone

Nokia unveils the Windows 8-poweredLumia 1020, its new flagship smartphone that shoots a 41 megapixel images

MANILA, Philippines – Following months of rumors, Nokia announced its new flagship smartphone the Lumia 1020 at its Zoom Reinvented event in New York this Thursday July 11 (July 12 MNL time).

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The Lumia 1020 is a Windows 8-powered smartphone with a 41 megapixel camera. 

Two years ago Nokia released its first 41 megapixel camera phone the PureView 808. That phone was much larger and ran on the Symbian OS. The Lumia 1020 is roughly the size of other 4.5” smartphones in the market today (130.4×71.4×10.4 mm to be exact) and runs the latest version of Windows Phone 8.

Like the PureView 808 the Lumia 1020’s camera features a Carl Zeiss lens with optical image stabilization built in (OIS). Nokia says OIS has been greatly improved, calling it, “2nd generation image stabilization.” Similar to the recently announced Lumia 925 the Lumia 1020 will also come with a Xenon flash which promises more realistic colors in photos taken with a flash compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Apple’s iPhone 5. 

Using a new dual-shot mode (not to be confused with dual shot on the S4 which takes photos using the front and rear cameras at the same time) the Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes two images, one a full resolution 38 megapixel photo and two a 5 megapixel image for easy uploading to social networks.

Building on its #ZoomReinvented  theme Nokia is also trumpeting a new feature that allows users to go back and adjust zoom on a photograph. Promising users the ability to, “shoot now, zoom later.” 

Other phone specs include a 4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280 x768) screen made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a 2000 mAh battery and LTE connectivity. On its front, the phone also includes a 1.2MP wide angle camera. 

Optional accessories include a snap on wireless charging case and a camera grip with a tripod mount and an extra battery built in. 

The Lumia 1020 arrives in the US first, coming exclusively to AT&T on July 26th. Preorders start on July 16th. The phone will cost $299.99 dollars on a two-year contract. The rest of  the world will have to wait. Nokia says the phone is expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter with a special version coming to Telefonica in Europe. 

The phone comes in yellow, white and black. –


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