The Nokia Lumia 1020 has been launched at the global launch event here in New York. All of the rumors and leaks have come true, yet this device has made me say “Wow”.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 piggy banks on 2 primary factors. The 41 mega pixel camera and the Nokia Design language. But is that enough to beat out the competition? Let’s find out. The Lumia 1020 is a Windows Phone 8 device powered by dual core snapdragon S4 processor clocked to 1.5GHz. It has a whooping 2GB ram, the first among the Lumia phones. It has an internal memory of 32 GB. It doesn’t have a memory expansion slot. The display is 4.5″ AMOLED screen with 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The ClearBlack technology enhances the sunlight readability. The camera is a huge highlight for the Lumia 1020. It has 41 megapixel sensor. The camera uses a new feature called the dual capture. It simultaneously captures 38 MP image along with a 5 MP counterpart. The 5MP image is useful to share while the 38MP image exposes tremendous image editing capabilities. The lens is made of 6 pieces of lens stacked over each other. It is made by ZEISS. #zoomreinvented
The Nokia Pro cam is a 3rd party camera application that comes pre-installed with the device. This application provides the capability to change multiple setting while shooting a image of video. While shooting an image you can change the flash settings, focus mode, ISO range, shutter speed, white balance and exposure settings. The shutter speed ranges from 4 seconds to 1/16000 of a second. These capabilities were so far native only to DSLRs and now its available on a mobile camera.
Lets say you have zoomed in all the way to click an image and later you can open the image in the Nokia pro cam application and actually unzoom it to see the whole frame. Now you can recompose and save it. This truly is an reinvention. The camera is capable of capturing blur and shake free videos at 1080p and 30 fps. It is assisted by the new Nokia rich recording to give 6 times loud and clear audio. Nokia also announced the release of new software development kit and a number of developers like flipboard, vine, yelp, path, vyclone and CNN are partnering with Nokia to integrate 1020’s features in their future releases.
Nokia Lumia 1020 will also have 2 new accessories released along with the device. The new Nokia camera grip and the Snap on wireless charger. The camera grip features a 1020 mAh battery backup, 2 step shutter release button and tripod mount. The camera grip will be available for $80 in the US.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first in the U.S. exclusively with AT&T. It will be available starting July 26th at $300 on a 2 year contract. Details of pricing and exact availability for the rest of the world is not yet known. But it will start rolling out by the end of this quarter.
Operating system: Windows Phone 8
Display: 4.5″ AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen
Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
Processor: 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor
Camera: Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video with Optical image stabilization. Front facing camera HD 1.2 MP wide angle
Memory: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory
Size and weight: 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm, Weight: 158g