Nokia have proudly unveiled the all new “Lumia 1020” today at a mega press event in New York City. The device that had everybody talking since its rumors started to surface a few weeks back was finally unveiled much to the joy of the capacity crowd. The Lumia 1020 is the first Windows Phone 8 running device to feature an absolutely massive 41-megapixel camera sensor that has the tendency to not only put some of the most reputed DSLR’s to the ultimate test, but also at the same time solidifying its status as one of the best cameras to ever feature in a handheld device by a long long mile. Besides the eye catching camera, the phone sports a 4.5-inch AMOLED display (1280 x 768 pixels, 15:9 aspect ratio) made with Gorilla Glass 3, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 2000 mAh battery, 2 GB RAM, 4G LTE support and 32 GB internal memory.
Coming back to the main attraction of the phone, the camera’s sensor is most certain to leave a few photo enthusiasts drooling….trust me !! Featuring a maximum 7712 x 5360 resolution, it’s the largest backside illuminated image sensor of its kind in any smartphone and a generation beyond the one Nokia included in its 808 Pure View model released last year. The sensor sits behind a sandwich of six Carl Zeiss lenses, which combined with the camera’s optical image stabilization technology, help deliver super-sharp photos even in low light. There’s a xenon flash for stills, an LED flash for video, and a 1.2 megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera for HD chats.
The Lumia 1020 records HD video in 1080p at 30 frames per second and lets you zoom in up to four times closer to the action with no loss of quality (up to 6x closer in HD 720p). It also has a technology called Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones resulting in movies that will look and sound absolutely amazing on a home theater system. Another neat trick: the Lumia 1020 actually creates two images every time you press the camera button in Nokia Pro Camera—a super high-res version for editing and archiving, and an over-sampled 5-megapixel copy for easy sharing via email or social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
As far as the image capturing software is concerned, the Lumia 1020 comes with a built-in app called Nokia Pro Camera that’s designed to take advantage of the phone’s record-setting image sensor and make it easy for anybody to shoot, edit, and share pro-quality photos and video. Professional photographers can also use it to manually adjust flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, exposure, and other key settings. Impressed much ? Wait till you read what we have in store for you next !!
The Company further emphasized on a new wave of advanced photo and imaging apps, thanks to a new Nokia imaging software development kit released today that gives programmers access to the phone’s groundbreaking camera technology. Nokia said Yelp, CNN, Vyclone, and others are already working on new apps that take advantage of it. Nokia also announced that the popular apps Vine, Path, and Flipboard will also be made available soon on Windows Phone.
The Lumia 1020 is set to arrive in three colors: yellow, white and black and AT&T user’s could be the first lucky ones to get their hands on the device once its starts rolling out on July 26th for $299.99 with a two-year contract. The online preorders are scheduled to initialize from July 16. Nokia have also stated that the device would be made available in other regions sometime later this year and from the look of things, the Lumia 1020 could very well turn out to be a catalyst or Nokia’s own little trump card to stand toe-to-toe against some of the “other” devices that we are all already very much aware of, aren’t we?