Although its Windows-based Lumia has been a hit in some quarters, it has to be said that the Nokia brand hasn’t exactly been top-of-mind in the smartphone wars, having been overwhelmed by heavyweight offerings from Samsung, Sony and HTC. This could change with the (imminent) arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and its second-generation, 41 megapixel sensor. Yes, you read it right: 41 megapixels.
According to Nokia, the Lumia 1020 “reinvents” zoom, capturing images in such fine detail that the photographer can literally locate a needle in a haystack (they proved this at the phone’s international launch, much to the delight of the audience). Key to the cameraphone’s amazing performance is an innovative piece of technology known as PureView, together with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, which appears to turn amateurs into pro photographers with minimal fuss.
A feature called dual capture allows you to simultaneously capture a 38-megapixel image for editing (or filing in your album) and a 5-megapixel picture that can be shared with social networks via Windows Phone 8. The 41-megapixel sensor features Zeiss optics with six lenses plus optical image stabilisation.
Want to preserve the sensory joys of Die Antwoord in full cry? Easy, says Nokia: simply haul out your Lumia 1020 and activate Nokia Rich Recording to capture blur-free videos and stereo sound levels six times higher than the limit of conventional smartphone microphones.
At the same time, Nokia has announced the launch of several compelling apps, including the Lumia 1020-specific Oggl PRO, with its advanced smartphone camera controls for the “creative community”. Then there’s Path, featuring over 50 free and premium filter effects, among other things. Path users can also share their location and music choices, enjoy private chats and er… share emotions.
An unusual and useful accessory is the Nokia Camera Grip, which enhances the device’s capabilities and extends battery life; it comes with a tripod mount. Style-conscious consumers will want to know that the Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black. Pricing and availability details were not available by the time we went to press with this issue.
Operating system: Windows Phone 8
Display: 4,5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1 280 x768) Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super-sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen
Battery: 2 000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
Processor: 1,5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
Main camera: PureView 41 MP with optical image stabilisation, Resolution: 7 712 x 5 360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video
Front-facing camera: HD 1,2 MP wide angle
Memory: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage