Nokia announces the Lumia 1020, a 41MP monster smartphone with Windows Phone 8


Although the device has leaked like a sieve, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is now official.

Today in New York City, Nokia conveyed its exceptional design prowess by engineering a 4.5-inch smartphone with a whopping 41MP camera sensor and lens combo that is not only relatively thin and light, but could very well be your next smartphone.


Running Windows Phone 8 ‘Amber’, there are a number of new software features that we’ll get to in a moment. First, the hardware:

– 4.5-inch 1280×768 pixel LCD display with PureMotion HD+ and Super Touch Sensitivity
– 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus
– 2GB RAM / 32GB internal storage (no microSD slot)
– 41MP BSI camera sensor with Xenon Flash, LED auto-assist flash, Carl Zeiss lens, f/2.2 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization
– 1.2MP front-facing camera
– 2000mAh battery
– 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm
– 158 grams

Of course, the main draw here is the massive 41MP camera on the back that manages to take ultra-sharp 5MP shots using a technique called oversampling — combining seven pixels into one super-accurate pixel — as well as relatively lossless digital zoom photos. According to Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, these are “the most sensitive pixels in the industry.” Photos can also be captured at 34MP in wide-angle and 38MP in 4:3 aspect ratio.

Nokia has included six Zeiss lenses in wide-angle, which ensures maximum sharpness throughout the picture-taking process. There is a second-generation optical image stabilization system inside, based on ball bearings, to ensure excellent low-light stability.


There is a new camera app called Nokia Pro Camera, which allows users to change granular capture controls, including ISO, white balance, shutter speed and exposure. The viewfinder will show the final result of the image, and capture is instantaneous.

Pro Camera captures 1080p video, which takes advantage of the aforementioned optical image stabilization, and the phone boasts excellent audio capture along with the superlative photo and video experience.

A custom one-handed camera grip will be available for the Lumia 1020, which brings a two-step shutter button, a tripod mount, and an extra 1020mAh of battery life.

The company also confirmed Path and Flipboard will be coming to Windows Phone, in addition to the previously-announced Hipstamatic app that will allow for Instagram sharing.

The Nokia Lumia will be coming to Canada this quarter, though specific availability and colour selection has not been released just yet. We’ll update you with more when we have it.

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