Retailers and operators will begin selling the Nokia Lumia 1020 by the end of September, with O2 bagging a forthcoming exclusive on the manufacturer's imaging powerhouse.
Nokia has taken the learnings from last year's Pureview 808 handset, with the Lumia 1020 boasting a 41MP sensor. The sensor has Zeiss optics with six physical lenses, with Nokia claiming its optical imaging stabilisation feature means the camera is well suited to low light conditions. Nokia has also revamped its audio features, with Rich Recording offering the ability to record video at up to six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones. The handset has a 4.5 inch screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. It is likely to go head to head with Samsung's S4 Zoom, which touted a camera lens on the back of the handset.
America, a region where Nokia has recently struggled to make Lumia work, will be the first to get their hands on the device. It goes on sale exclusively through AT&T from 26 July. O2, Phones 4u and Three have said the device is coming soon. Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three said: 'Boasting one of the best camera experiences we’ve ever seen, Nokia Lumia 1020 is a feat of smartphone engineering.'
Scott Hooton, chief commercial officer at Phones 4u, said: 'We’re hugely excited to not only be offering the most powerful camera phone to date to our customers, but to be adding another groundbreaking smartphone to our ever growing 4G range.'
Stephen Elop, CEO and president of Nokia, said: 'We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging.'
Meanwhile, Windows Phone has bolstered its app store with the addition of the popular Flipboard and Path apps. Windows Phone has lagged behind the Android and Apple app stores, with its relative lack of apps seen as one of the reasons why it has failed to compete on a level pegging with its rivals.
Author: Graeme Neill