We finally got our hands on the Lumia 1020, the second 41MP PureView handset from Nokia (originally featured on the Nokia 808 PureView).
For the most part, the Lumia 1020 looks very similar to its predecessor (the Lumia 920) except for one major difference — the big ass camera lens at the back which houses the 41-megapixel sensor.
The handset’s polycarbonate body feels thicker or more chunky, probably due to the fact that it needed to beef up in order to house the lens. That was not really a surprise since we’ve seen how bulky the original 808 PureView 2 years ago.
Here’s a short video demo of the Pro Camera app:
That manual settings for changing ISO, white balance, etc looks pretty neat. The built-in photo editor looks very comprehensive too.
The Nokia booth had a stage set up so we can use the Lumia 1020 in action and even if the hall was actually dark, the camera performed really well.
The large Xenon flash at the back gives more character to the lens setup. The Lumia 1020 is basically the Windows Phone equivalent of the PureView 808 and unlike most other smartphones with powerful lenses, the Lumia 1020 uses a mechanical shutter, thus the thicker form factor.
The Lumia 1020 basically has the same hardware configuration as the Lumia 925 which is also under the PureView line-up though with a smaller 8.7MP sensor. This means you combine the performance of the Lumia 925 and the camera prowess of the 808 PureView then you get the Lumia 1020 PureView.
Nokia Lumia 1020 specs:
4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack AMOLED display @ 1280×768 pixels, 332ppi
Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait 1.5GHz dual-core processor
Adreno 225 GPU
32GB internal storage
3G, HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
41MP f/2.2 1/1.2″ PureView rear camera, Zeiss optics, Xenon flash
1080p HD video (low-light, image stabilization, mechanical shutter)
Pro Camera (ISO, white balance, focus & shutter speed controls)
1.3MP wide-angle front-facing camera, 720p video
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
Windows Phone 8
Li-ion 2,000mAh, non-removable
130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm (dimensions)
No word yet and when the Lumia 1020 will hit the Philippines but if ever it will land with the same suggested retail price as the Lumia 925 (~Php24k), it should sell quite as well.