At it's "Zoom Reinvented" press event in New York, Nokia today announced the expected launch of the Lumia 1020, which was previously known as Nokia EOS as well as Nokia 909. It follows the Nokia 808 by bringing Nokia's unique 41 megapixel PureView technology to a Windows Phone. The Lumia 1020 runs on Windows Phone 8 and it is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm S4 CPU. The European version supports the Nokia Lumia typical quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, quadband UMTS/HSPA+ up to 42.2 Mbps down at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz as well as pentaband LTE up to 100 Mbps down at 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz bands and frequencies; the AT&T version might support slightly different bands.
Other connectivity includes Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, as well as the so typical FM radio. Last but not least, the 1020 comes with a couple of sensors which includes an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and magnetometer.
As expected, the front facing camera is a Nokia PureView 41 megapixel auto focus camera with a new optical image stabilization and a resolution of up to 7712 x 5360 pixel. It's powered by Nokia's own Nokia Pro Camera software, comes with a Xenon flash for still images and LED flash for video. Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.
The Nokia Lumia 1020's 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.
Lumia typical is the Lumia 1020's touch screen which features a 4.5" AMOLED WXGA (1280x768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen.
The Lumia 1020 comes with 32 GB flash storage and Windows Phone untypical 2 GB of RAM, which is most likely required for the massive 41 megapixel photos.
Together with the announcement of the Lumia 1020, Nokia also announced the release of a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. The SDK is available from today at developer.nokia.com with a number of developers including Vyclone, Yelp and CNN integrating these features into future releases.
Hipstamatic showcased Oggl PRO, an exclusive application for the Nokia Lumia 1020 offering the most advanced smartphone camera controls for their creative community. It was also announced that popular applications Vine, Path and Flipboard will soon be available on Windows Phone.
Adding further professional capabilities and additional battery life, Nokia announced the new Nokia Camera Grip. This is an accessory that complements device features usually reserved for stand-alone cameras, like the Nokia Lumia 1020's built-in xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The Nokia Camera Grip also has a tripod mount, and is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of USD 79.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive in yellow, black and white, first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of USD 299.99 on a two-year contract. Key European and Asian markets will follow-up this quarter.
Cheers ~ Arne