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Hands-on at IFA: Nokia Lumia 1020




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
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
3G, HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
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)
158g (weight)

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.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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31 Responses

  1. SpiderWak says:

    Did you see that Samsung? That’s how you design a cameraphone.

  2. tof says:

    Nice phone! Iba pa rin basta build quality ng Nokia.

    PS:How come there are top may typo error?

  3. Berkanoshow says:

    Yuga crew, please correct the first sentence :D

  4. abuzalzal says:

    Kung may yellow lang sana na Nokia Lumia 1020, siguradong kukuha ako nito.

  5. diorarat says:

    @abe. Typo sa first paragraph. It mentions Lumia 1080 as the second generation pure view camera. Kala ko tuloy may successor na ang Lumia 1020.Hehe

  6. abuzalzal says:

    Meh, having the best smartphone camera won’t save Nokia from the sinking ship which was made by Microsoft thanks to WP8 crap. Windows is so ancient-tech because its technology dates back to Windows NT: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone all used NT tech; for short underneath all that beautiful interface ng Windows, bulok yung code kasi may naiwang bugs, unused and legacy code. Kaya ko palaging sinasabi na Windows is for dumb people.

    Ang basura, kahit anong paglilinis at pagpapaganda na gawin mo dyan, basura pa rin…parang Windows 8 at Windows Phone 8 lang, ang ganda nga ng interface, basura naman yung functionality due to lack of appz and gamezz.

    • aragorn says:

      Ang Unggoy na katulad mo, kahit anong bihis at ingles ng ingles, Unggoy pa rin.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hindi ko naintindihan yung english mo, sana in tagalog or taglish nalang….

    • AkoSiEricksonM says:

      Bakit ang HTC patuloy na lumulubog kahit na ang flagship devices nila ay based on Android?

    • erwin says:

      Dapat tinagalog mo nalang… masyado kang trying hard bro…

    • wew says:

      “Ang basura, kahit anong paglilinis at pagpapaganda na gawin mo dyan, basura pa rin…” === ANG LAGDROID KAHIT ISALPAK MO SA 3.0 Ghz octacore processor LAG PA RIN tska hindi batayan ng ganda ng OS sa dami ng games at apps tska nahiya naman ang windows sau sa pagsabi mo na bulok ung codes nila…sa google play store nga may nakakalusot pa rin na malware apps eh kung tutuusin nga dapat walang nakakalusot dun kasi iniiscreen nila ung mga apps bago nila ipasok dun.

    • wtfabuzalzal says:

      Hanggang ngayon pala comment pa din ng comment si abuzalzal kahit di naman niya alam pinasasabi niya.

      Using your (flawed) logic, mas ancient tech pa ang Android, kasi based siya sa Linux, which dates back to 1991.

      And functionality ng OS hindi naka base sa apps and games, unless isa kang immature na tao na umiikot lang ang mundo mo sa dalawang yun.

      Mas functional nga ang WP8 kesa Android kung tutuusin kasi out of the box, kahit wala ka pang iniinstall na apps eh madaming nang baked-in features. Unlike Android na kelangan mo talaga ng madaming apps bago mo pa ito mapakinabangan bilang smartphone. At di lang yan, ang pinupuri mong napaka high tech na Android ay saksakan ng pagka inefficient sa pagkakasulat kaya ayan, kelanghan pa ng quad core para lang tumakbo ng maayos.

      Wag kasi magmamarunong pag wala naman kaexpe-experience sa paggamit ng Windows Phone. Nagmumukha tuloy tanga.

    • wycleaf says:

      Ouch! Para sa dumb people ba ang windows? Eh gumamit ka rin ng windows dati diba? kaya nasabi mong walang kwenta ang windows? Isa ka rin sa sinasabi mong dumb..BOBO! kung marami kang reklamo bat di ka gumawa ng sarili mong OS..ABUZALZAL OS..Siguradong walang tatangkilik..Sira ulo ang may ari eh! hahah!

    • Annaliza says:

      Ay maka-comment ka Teh! Ancient tech? Eh kung di ka ba naman shunga-ers, eh halos lahat ng day-to-day activities mo na relying on technology eh nakasalalay sa Windows and all its varieties. Wag masyado mag utak end-user! basa-basa pag me time, alamin mo muna kung anung nangyayari sa back-end bago tayo magsalita against a certain technology. Eh san ba dine-develop yang mga Android apps na pinagmamalaki mo? Eh sa PC rin kadalasan ang birthplace, haist…

    • zest says:

      apps and games =) siguro ikaw yun ang critera mo sa pagbili ng smartphone, well ok lang naman iba iba kasi mga pangangailangan ng mga tao.. ako kasi 3 lang kailangan ko sa phone.. una mabilis , maganda camera at syempre yung power consumption.. wow ahhaha kung android or iphone user ka.. goodluck nlng sayo kung kaya mong hindi mag charge ng isang araw…

  7. awdog says:

    This wouldn’t sell for Php24,000. Mahal nga sa America. But I think even if it does, I think it will still flop. My wp8 hate started with the N920. Tapos yun friend ko na from UK pinadalhan naman ako ng HTC 8S.

    Anyway, Nokia is dead and sold. So long tigas kasi ng ulo kung nag android kayo e di sana buhay pa kayo. Saka nagpa uto kayo kay elop. Si elop na next CEO ng Microsoft. Nagantso ang Nokia

    • zest says:

      sa available apps android,ios,WP8 pero kung sa pabilisan/powerconsumption din lang .. sa WP8, ios then android.. di ko naman kailangan maraming apps kaya sa WP8 na ko.. mabuti din na nagawa yung WP8 at di nag flop..baka kasi jumologs pag marami gumagamit tsaka wala nmn akong care sa market share… sino bang engot ang bibili ng gadget base sa market share ng company =) .. kaya ok ok sakin WP8 .. at ok din sakin pag flop ng WP8

  8. Noynoy says:

    Sana may color yellow. Buy ko yan agad agad.

  9. Dennis says:

    I like it but… it’s Windows :(

  10. everybody says:

    now.. everybody’s expert.

  11. wew says:

    lol this phone is advertised on katy perry’s music video ROAR hahaha

  12. Pining G. Ercia says:

    In fairness guys, as an comp eng, with masters in IT, mganda ang hopes ng win8, but d lang masyado na advertised or kulang sa hype, and den ang hardware ng nokia is medyo dated, na fault din ng win7 mango noon. We cud say medyo mapurol na ceo si steve baldman balmer lng tlga… D xa fast forward thinker unlike steve dead jobs na opportunist at king pirate of da americans hehehe. Aniwways, bb10 ang safest at most rock solid stable ika nga kya us defense ay xa ang gamit. Android, hmmm malaki na tlga maturity nia since its inception, at mabilis ang development dahil prang prosti open legs open all platform. Apple, mganda noon 2007 in fairness pro 2013 na at wla kng mktang sensible improvments maliban s recycled recycled recycled hype and ads etcetera. Apple is prang oldie volkswagon beetle classic masabi mo but if yan sasakyan mo ngaun, kahit hyundai getz aarangkadahan ka nia at Kakain k alikabok.

  13. Pining G. Ercia says:

    Soruli guys for the grotesque illustration. Mas madali ksing tandaan ang comparison ng technology if idaan u sa malikot na illustration rather na sabihin ko in so weird technical terms na engineer lang makaka intindi or shall i say, speak english pls, not latin, sabi nila.

  14. Pining G. Ercia says:

    Sori guys for the grotesque illustration. Mas madali ksing tandaan ang comparison ng technology if idaan u sa malikot na illustration rather na sabihin ko in so weird technical terms na engineer lang makaka intindi or shall i say, speak english pls, not latin, sabi nila.

  15. furion says:

    “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.”

    I doubt it’ll be priced the same as the 925. It’s already £550 (P38K before taxes) in the UK.

  16. abuzalzalweak says:

    @abuzalzal pa comment comment ka pa ehh boy ka lng nmen. wagka na nag cocomment wala ka nmn pambile ng gnyang gadget

  17. abuzalzalweak says:

    @abuzalzal wag ka n mg comment kaya mo lng nman bilin 3210

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