Nokia launches the Lumia 1020 smartphone, with a 41-megapixel camera

Lumia 1020At an event in New York, Nokia has announced its latest camera phone, the Lumia 1020. It follows the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925, and is the spiritual successor to the Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView, as it has an amazing 41-megapixel camera, but this time with the Windows Phone 8 operating system.

The camera has a large, f2.2, six-lensed Zeiss sensor, which has a 3x zoom feature and a xenon flash, plus 1080p video recording. The high megapixel count lets you zoom in on pictures to reveal an amazing level of detail. It also features a revised optical image stabilization system, which uses ball bearings instead of tiny shock absorbers, takes astounding low-light photos, and has manual settings for keen photographers. Nokia has also fitted high-end microphones for the best audio performance when recording video, plus a camera grip accessory, which also has a built-in battery, will be sold.

Otherwise, the phone is relatively similar to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925, as it has a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 768 pixel screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, 32GB of storage and a wireless charging option. The phone is slimmer than the old 808 PureView, at 10.4mm, and weighs 158 grams.

It’ll launch in America with AT&T for $299 with a two-year contract on July 26, in yellow, white and black colour schemes, while the extra camera grip costs $80. As for us here in the UK, a precise release date wasn’t provided, with CEO Stephen Elop saying it would be out before September. Three UK and O2 have both confirmed they’ll be stocking the phone, but no price has been announced.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars