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  
Lens Details 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 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. 

Source: Nokia

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  • Kill16by9TN - Friday, July 12, 2013 - link

    Trying to download one of the JPGs and look at it locally outside of FF also doesn't work:

    $ wget
    --2013-07-11 22:55:11--
    Auflösen des Hostnamen »«....
    Verbindungsaufbau zu||:443... verbunden.
    HTTP Anforderung gesendet, warte auf Antwort... 301 Moved Permanently
    Platz: nicht spezifiziert
    FEHLER: Umleitung (301) ohne Ziel(?).

    But inexplicably those pics all load on my friends SGS3, when he opens !?

    How can that be?
  • Atomic Eco - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    If I can finally leave that point & shoot camera at home, I'm sold. My previous phone cameras have been disappointing image quality wise, but I love having a camera along everywhere. The camera grip seems like a good idea, I hope it's well executed.
  • Sabresiberian - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    Well, if you are buying a phone with a 2-year contract and thinking you are getting a good deal you are fooling yourself anyway, but frankly I'd consider dropping the full price on one of these over any Android device.

    Calling it a midrange phone is just silly. Does it have bleeding edge phone hardware? No, but that certainly doesn't make it "midrange", it's a high end phone built by one of the best companies in the business.
  • mike55 - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    From Engadget: "Around the front, you'll find a 4.5-inch 1,280 x 768 pixels (at a 16:9 aspect ratio) AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display..."

    It seems many other sites are reporting a 16:9 aspect ratio as well. Is this just mass brain farts or is there truth to this?
  • michaelljones - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    Yeah, it's TECHNICALLY a 15:9 ratio at that resolution. Though at 48px over a true 16:9 for most content I'm not sure you'd notice a whole lot.
  • abrowne1993 - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    If this really is their new flagship I can't help but be disappointed. Aside from the (admittedly awesome) camera, the only real upgrades are the RAM, Gorilla Glass 3 screen, and weight. Not to mention the ungodly on-contract pricetag. The 920 had specs that were top of the line at the time of its release as well as a few innovative additions such as wireless charging, unparalleled durability, and an extremely sensitive screen that was easily visible outdoors. Plus, it was offered at $100 subsidized with a free wireless charging plate.
  • haukionkannel - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    Absolutely high end camera, with desent phone!
    My only hope is that they will make some day a version with a little bit bigger batter and maybe 64Gb or 128Gb internal memory. But even now there are not any other phone can even get near this one.
    Well, ofcource if you really have to have Android or iPhone, then then is out of question.
  • Mrsash - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    I have the N8. I like the camera part on 1020, brilliant. Now what? Where is the FM transmitter? Where is the storage? Again a major dissapointment. When the S4 came out I thought good, Nokia will learn something from a competitor, but samsung didnt get the point either. S4 was a dissapointment as well since it didnt have better specs than my N8, well a 13 Mp camera. I am not refering to the processor, ram etc. If its fast enought to run things reasonably I am happy. What I am peeved about are the lack of these brilliant features such as the FM transmitter. Its true there is no more innovation, just improvements. Add some more pixels and a bit more processing power and they expect us to fork out all this amount on it....... my 2 cents
  • kyuu - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the GDR2 update for WP8 will enable FM radio functionality (I assume that's what you mean by FM "transmitter"). I know that the Nokia 620 can't do FM radio, but I believe most of Nokia's other phones can (after the update).
  • soryuuha - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - link

    Yes you are wrong. FM Radio, in technical term it is called FM Receiver/FMRX. FM Transmitter/FMTX is the other way round, you transmit the FM transmission to the selected frequency..and you can actually listen it through your car's radio FM. So far, Nokia 808 is the last descendent of FM TX built-in.

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