Nokia Announces Lumia 1020 - 41 MP PureView and Windows Phone (Update: Hands On and Video)by Brian Klug on July 11, 2013 10:55 AM EST
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Today at Nokia's Zoom Reinvented event, the handset maker announced the newest member of its Lumia family of Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 1020. The handset includes a PureView 41 MP system and 6-element optical system with optical image stabilization, making it similar to the PureView 808. The Lumia 1020 is Nokia's new flagship with the most advanced imaging that Nokia has to offer. I've put together a table with the specifications that have already posted
|Camera Emphasized Smartphone Comparison|
|Samsung Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100)||Nokia PureView 808||Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom||Nokia Lumia 1020|
|CMOS Resolution||16.3 MP||41 MP||16.3 MP||41 MP|
|CMOS Format||1/2.3", 1.34µm pixels||1/1.2", 1.4µm pixels||1/2.3", 1.34µm pixels||1/1.5", 1.12µm pixels|
|CMOS Size||6.17mm x 4.55mm||10.67mm x 8.00mm||6.17mm x 4.55mm|
4.1 - 86mm (22 - 447 35mm equiv)
8.02mm (28mm 35mm equiv)
4.3 - 43mm (24-240 mm 35mm equiv)
|PureView 41 MP, BSI, 6-element optical system, xenon flash, LED, OIS|
|Display||1280 x 720 (4.8" diagonal)||640 x 360 (4.0" diagonal)||960 x 540 (4.3-inch)||1280 x 768 (4.5-inch)|
|SoC||Exynos 4412 (Cortex-A9MP4 at 1.4 GHz with Mali-400 MP4)||1.3 GHz ARM11||1.5 GHz Exynos 4212||1.5 GHz Snapdragon MSM8960|
|Storage||8 GB + microSDXC||16 GB + microSDHC||8 GB + microSDHC||32 GB|
|Video Recording||1080p30, 480p120||1080p30||1080p30||1080p30|
|OS||Android 4.1||Symbian Belle||Android 4.2||Windows Phone 8|
|Connectivity||WCDMA 21.1 850/900/1900/2100, 4G, 802.11a/b/g/n with 40 MHz channels, BT 4.0, GNSS||WCDMA 14.4 850/900/1700/1900/2100, 802.11b/g/n, BT 3.0, GPS||WCDMA 21.1 850/900/1900/2100, 4G LTE SKUs, 802.11a/b/g/n with 40 MHz channels, BT 4.0, GNSS||
Quad band edge, WCDMA 42 850/900/1900/2100
LTE bands 1,3,7,20,8
From the outside, the Lumia 1020 looks a lot like the Lumia 920 but with a different camera module. The PureView system inside the 1020 takes either 16:9 and 4:3 pictures alongside a 5 MP oversampled version, rather than the either-or approach that the PureView 808 took. Nokia has also gone to its own camera application called Nokia Pro Camera which offers manual controls beyond the stock camera application from WP8. The Lumia 1020 also is compatible with an optional camera grip that includes a 1020 mAh battery, tripod mount, and two step camera button. There's also a wireless charging back add-on.
On the network side, the Lumia 1020 variant I've seen specs for have quad band GSM/EDGE and WCDMA, and LTE bands 1,3,7,20,8. Obviously the AT&T version coming will have LTE bands 4,17.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available starting July 26th for $299.99 with a 2 year agreement, and preorders on att.com will start July 16th.
We're going to get hands on with the Lumia 1020 shortly.
Update: Just got to play with the Lumia 1020. It's thinner than expected, and doesn't have much of a camera bulge at all. Nokia's camera application is buttery smooth and has excellent manual controls. I'm impressed with how easy it is to get around and quickly dive into custom exposure time, ISO, focus, and so forth, and reset those changes to default. It's somewhat similar to the Galaxy Camera, but whereas that UI was somewhat slow occasionally, the Lumia 1020 is very smooth and fast.
The camera grip feels very solid, not flimsy at all. The two stage camera button is communicative and works just like the button on the device and activates the application if you hold it down just like one would expect. I can see the camera grip being a popular accessory for people who want to extract every bit of camera from the Lumia 1020. I played with the rest of the camera UI and gallery, and on the whole it's essentially what you'd expect – like a better PureView 808 but running Windows Phone. On the whole smoother and more refined, in the chassis of a 920. Shot to shot latency is a bit long, but that's expected given the gigantic image size and processing, I suspect it might get faster if you disable the full size image storage and only keep the 5 MP oversampled versions, which there is an option for.
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jjj - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - linkThe price is suicidal, nothing can sell at 300$ on ATT ,even less so a midrange phone ,with WP , no SD but with a nice (or maybe even great) camera.
Poor Nokia just can't get a break .. damn Elopocalypse.
I also wish they would focus a bit on video too, for some reason video doesn't get enough attention from phone makers and even reviewers.
crispbp04 - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - linkhow could you possibly consider this a midrange phone? It's priced at the 32GB iPhone price point.
FoolOnTheHill - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - linkI think that's kind of the point. It's priced as a high end phone, but it's still a midrange (other than the camera) Windows Phone, so it doesn't tend to attract the type of people willing to pay $300 for a phone.
crispbp04 - Friday, July 12, 2013 - linkYour logic is broke. You implied that the iPhone 5 is a high end phone. Explain yourself in jumping to the conclusion that the iPhone 5 is a high end phone while the Lumia 1020 is not. Use real logic and not retard logic.
Lumia 1020 Retail Price: $602
iPhone 5 32GB Retail Price: $749
comparison: iphone 32GB vs. Lumia 1020 32GB
NFC: NO vs. YES
Mem: 1GB vs. 2GB
Cam: 8MP vs. 41MP
OIS: NO vs. YES
PPI: 326ppi vs.. 332
Res: 1136x640 vs. 1280x768
screen: 4in. IPS vs. 4.5" AMOLED
sherlockwing - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - linkAndroid users see 4.5" 768p & MSN 8960 and automatically classify it as midrange
Stoli89 - Saturday, July 13, 2013 - linkWhy...1080p is way overkill on a screen below 5 inches. The 768p HD+ on the the Lumia 1020 is above "Retina" quality...more than enough for the most discerning human eye. It also packs super sensitive touch (fingernails, gloves, plastic styluses...all work), hi nit brilliance, and latest generation Clear Black Display technology. This is an AMOLED that will perform well in direct sunlight.
As for the SoC...Nokia needs a powerful GPU and dedicated scaling chip for the camera module to manage the Billion per second calculation load the PureView oversampling demands. It seems the result is a very smooth user experience, especially if you settle for the noiseless 5MP setting and avoid parallel saving huge 34 and 38MP output files. I could care less if its dual core...as long as the product is fast and fluid...and the battery life is decent.
greyhulk - Sunday, July 14, 2013 - linkTell that to someone currently using a phone with a 1080p screen. I have had over a dozen phones in the last few years. My current three phones are all 1080p (S4, One, Optimus G Pro) and when I pull out my Nexus 4, I can easily tell the difference. I would not want to go back to 720p screens for anything.
If you CAN'T tell the difference, you need to see your eye doctor. They are most certainly not overkill.
nikon133 - Sunday, July 14, 2013 - linkJust wondering - what are your desktop/laptop screen resolutions?
toraji - Monday, July 15, 2013 - linkarmoled, deep blacks..and come on you look at a 4.5 " screen not your desktop I think you really need to take a look at and try a nokia phone, even the 521 ($149 without contract) has a great screen..you are making an elephant from a mosquito
jjj - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - linkYes and Apple is know for it's reasonable prices lol. 16 extra GB of NAND are 10$, you triple that to get to retail pricing and you still are far bellow an extra 100$. Apple also doesn't sell all that many devices with more than 16GB,because of the stupid pricing.
And it might have 32GB but it was Nokia's decision to cripple the device and not include a microSD slot , why they do that and who makes that decision is something for the regulators to fix actually,, but they certainly can't put their mistakes on the consumer.
This pricing means 300-500k units per quarter in lost sales on ATT vs a 200$ pricing and Nokia needs share gains and brand visibility in the US where the young generations is just vaguely aware of the Nokia brand.