Nokia has taken the wraps off its new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020, a device which promises to “reinvent zoom” thanks to its 41 megapixel camera.
The new flagship has been unveiled at an event in New York City, putting an end to the rumours that a Windows Phone device with the same spec of camera seen on the Symbian powered 808 PureView was on the cards.
During the event Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, said: “Today I would like to introduce the next chapter in smartphone photography – the Nokia Lumia 1020, to change how you shoot, create and share pictures forever.”
Featuring the largest sensor in any consumer product, the Lumia 1020 features Optical Image Stabilisation, a “super fast” Xenon Flash, and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens to enhance image quality even further and “make pictures come to life”.
As well as offering highresolution photos the handset also uses a process called ‘over sampling’. This combines the pixels to make for smaller five megapixel pictures, removing any unwanted visual noise, before allowing users to save both types at the same time. The manufacturer also boasts that its latest offering is perfect for those wanting to “shoot first, zoom later”.
In addition, the Lumia 1020’s video recording capabilities also take advantage of the extra resolution, allowing the user to zoom in four times while recording in 1080p HD video, and six times into a 720p version, without losing quality.
Aside from its impressive camera technology other specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and Windows Phone 8 OS.
US network AT&T has revealed it will be selling the device for $299.99, although no official pricing has been confirmed for Europe, so we can but hope it’s not such a steep figure.
The Lumia 1020 will be available in white, black and yellow with pre-orders for the handset starting on 16 July. Nokia added that the device will launch before September in some parts of Europe and China, so hopefully we shouldn’t have to wait too long.
We got a few precious moments with a prototype of the Lumia 1020, but unfortunately it didn’t feature final software or hardware, so we couldn’t fully test out the camera capabilities.
However, we can confirm that the build quality, which is similar to previous Lumia devices, is fantastic, and we’re looking forward to spending even more time with the handset in the not too distant future, so keeping checking back for updates.