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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  • michaelljones - Friday, July 12, 2013 - link

    And is a feature that nobody else provides in any phone, so I'm not sure why wanting such a feature now is an issue??? Certainly nobody else does this and it requires a hell of a lot more frequency management, testing, certification etc. for a feature most people don't use.
  • Mrsash - Friday, July 12, 2013 - link

    I dont understand your question?! Are you saying just because no other phone offers this and no one else uses it I should simply live with it? Shouldn't they add features than remove them? I buy a phone based on what it does for me, for eg if I am in the market for a tv. Unless I am a CRTV fanatic would expect to buy something(maybe Ultra HD tv) with heaps of good and useful features.
    The FM transmitter yes works brilliantly on my N8. I dont have to worry about attaching cables to a HUD which does not have an input. As a matter of fact I use this feature everyday so do a lot of my friends. So yes it is important to me, but I cant explain to you how much.....
    The same could be said about the storage. I need the MicroSd slot since moving data all the time is a pain, so is running out of space. I recently added a 64MicroSD to the N8 and it is excellent. Now if I move on to this phone for example. I will now have to purchase a mp3 transmitter, but then I have to attach the phone to the transmitter via a cable which is not ideal for me.
  • pandemonium - Friday, July 12, 2013 - link

    I'd be totally onboard with this phone, but I have a few problems with it so I'm still on the fence:

    -no SD card: constantly removing my videos and pictures due to limited space capacity will piss me off

    -battery is not removable (I'll have to see how much of a PIA it is to surgery this thing): batteries die or lose a majority of their charge retention after 1-1.5 years. I plan on keeping this for 3-4 years. Lugging around an external USB extended battery pack adds just another device to worry about and sort-of defeats the purpose.

    -it's unoriginal in its body design and seems cheaply covered (at least an aluminum option would've been nice!): When people see it, they shouldn't be able to say, "Oh...a Lumia 920. But it's modified and has a giant camera thing on it?" /facepalm
  • banvetor - Friday, July 12, 2013 - link

    I know everyone already said it, but I need to say it also:

    no SD = fail.

    No other way to put it. I would DEFINITELY consider it otherwise...
  • toraji - Monday, July 15, 2013 - link

    Hey boys and girls,

    new to this site so forgive me my blondness ;o)....

    I really liked this "starter" review until the last sentence where Brian still had to get a DIG in to WP8. Believe me that I do understand the "hate" against WP8 and MS ( I have been reading many blogs, forums, websites and reviews) but things are getting better, they really do and maybe that is because wp8 is maturing?

    I always had a blackberry for work and an Iphone in between just so that I could understand what people are so crazy about. Iphone worked as promised. blackberry was awesome for work purpose but I truly missed something. I guess that was my work environment and my home desktop environment being glued together.

    In October last year I purchased the surface RT (of course knowing what I was buying being it an ARM machine) and I truly loved it for what it was so I decided to change my iphone for lumia 810 (best available on tmobile at that time) and I LOVE IT. There is nothing simpler and besides the fact that some apps are not available (yet) I really get a lot of fun out of this phone.

    I am not trying to buy soles here but I just want to share my opinion. The lumia 925 will come out the day after tomorrow on tmobile if everything goes as planned and I am GONNA get it right away for whatever its gonna cost. I just want it because my phone is al I use lately, I also bought the surface pro when it came out in February and all my devices work seamless together.

    The 1020 is a little overkill for my purpose and the 925 is an awesome photo shooter to so will wait a little while before I go the next step

    you guys might like this article that shows a good presentation of the 1020

    best regards
  • Krysto - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    Holy cow, look that huge bezel. There's first the white bezel, and then then much bigger black bezel around the screen. And the bottom bezel is enormous. What's that - 20 percent of the whole screen?

    I thought Nokia was supposed to be good at design. Or I guess they've just never been very good at making the phones very compact and thin.
  • wintercold74 - Sunday, August 18, 2013 - link

    the Nokia 1020 is a excellent all around phone, very smooth and lag free. the camera is excellent, photos are really good.
  • princyxavier - Thursday, August 22, 2013 - link

    1020 attracts people and the reason behind this is because of this camera feature 41 mega pixels, Zooming effect and picture quality so good that a pic can be take even from very far without compromising on quality.So the main reason people buy this model is because of its camera facility so that they don't need a digi camera, as the phone would be always available with them.
  • sztim - Monday, March 10, 2014 - link

    New Nokia lumia 1020 leather case with lens cap

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