Nokia Unveils Lumia 1020 With 41 Megapixel Camera |

Nokia Unveils Lumia 1020 With 41 Megapixel Camera

The Windows Phone device features Zeiss optics with floating lens technology and Xenon flash.


The Nokia N8 was the unbeatable camera-phone of its time before it was replaced last year by the Nokia 808 PureView – the world's first mobile handset with a 41 megapixel camera. In our tests, the handset did match up to the DSLR's quality in good lighting conditions. While it had outstanding imaging capabilities, the phone was let down by the ageing Nokia Belle (formerly known as Symbian) platform. Needless to say, fans were waiting for the Finnish company to port this camera tech to its modern Lumia line-up. After months of rumours and leaked images, Nokia has finally announced the Nokia Lumia 1020 at its New York event today.

Unlike the 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 seems perfectly pocketable. This phone is based on Lumia 920's polycarbonate unibody design, and is 10.4 mm at its thickest point. The handsets sport a 4.5" AMOLED screen with pixel dimensions 768x1280. The display is protected by a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. Thanks to ClearBlack tech, the screen is said to offer relatively better sunlight legibility. And yes, it's a super sensitive screen, which means you can use it even with gloves on. The phone is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, and has 2 GB RAM. Internal storage is 32 GB, but there's no microSD card slot.

The USP of course is its 41 megapixel BSI (Backside illuminated) sensor with floating lens technology. It's a 6-lens assembly manufactured by Zeiss (earlier known as Carl Zeiss). There's also a Xenon flash, which is generally found in standalone cameras. The phone can record 1080p at 30 fps with stereo sound. For this Windows Phone 8 device, Nokia has specially designed the Pro Camera app that gives total control over parameters such as shutter speed, exposure, white balance, and ISO. The phone comes with a feature called dual capture. When enabled, it takes a 38 megapixel and 5 mp oversampled picture simultaneously. The high-resolution image can be used for editing, while the 5 mp one can be quickly shared over social networks.

Nokia also announced a Camera Grip accessory that turns Lumia 1020 into a full-fledged camera. This $80 add-on offers a two-stage camera button, tripod compatibility, and 1020 mAh battery pack. The Lumia 1020 will be available in Black, White, and Yellow – no love for Red and Cyan. It will first land on AT&T on 26th of this month, and will be gradually rolled out in the rest of the world. The off-contract pricing pricing will range between $600-650. The India pricing hasn't been announced yet, but given the competition here, it is expected to be priced around Rs 39,000. There is no word on it's India launch though.


Detailed Specifications:

  • 4.5" AMOLED screen with Clearblack tech (768x1280 pixels), Pixel density: 334 ppi.
  • Display features: PureMotion HD+ (Refresh rate 60 Hz), Curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight readability enhancements.
  • Touch screen technology: Super-sensitive touch.
  • Main camera sensor: 41 megapixel auto-focus.
  • Camera resolution: 7712x5360 pixels.
  • Camera features: Optical Image stabilization, PureView, Backside-illuminated image sensor, 6-lens optics.
  • Sensor size: 1/1.5 inch, f-number/aperture: f/2.2, Camera focal length: 26 mm.
  • Flash type: Xenon flash, Flash operating range: 4.0 m.
  • 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro-USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 3.0 Wi-Fi, GPS.
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh, Wireless charging: Yes, with accessory cover.
  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 2 GB of RAM.
  • 32 GB internal storage, Lacks micrSD card slot.
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer.
  • Platform: Windows Phone 8.

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