Nokia Lumia 1020 Arrives: Hands-On

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Nokia established a new benchmark in smartphone imaging with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor. Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia's innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Either before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the zoom capability enables people to discover and then rediscover the personal stories each image can tell. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Pro Camera makes it easier than ever to capture, edit and share photos and videos with unrivaled clarity.Nokia Lumia 1020.

First Hand-On With Nokia Lumia 1020

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.

"We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives," said Stephen Elop, President and CEO, Nokia. "The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia's leadership in imaging."

Nokia also released a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. The SDK is available today at 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 personal nature of Windows Phone makes it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, showcasing live images on the Start screen with the Photos tile, quick sharing to social networks, and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive. With the dedicated camera button, Windows Phone is designed with imaging in mind.

To help people see what's around them and discover new places to take photos, the latest developments in LiveSight will available in HERE Maps soon. The Nokia Lumia 1020 also comes with ad and subscription free Nokia Music streaming.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive 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.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter. Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica to select European and Latin American markets. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black.

Nokia Lumia 1020
Operating systemWindows Phone 8
HERE location servicesFree global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+; Free HERE Transit available in the Store
Display4.5" 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
Battery2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
Processor1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
Main cameraPureView 41 MP with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video
Front facing cameraHD 1.2 MP wide angle
Memory2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

Nokia Imaging Software Development Kit (SDK) now available at

After unveiling the Nokia Lumia 1020 today, Nokia also debuted a range of exciting applications that push the boundaries of smartphone imaging.

Hipstamatic, Path, Vyclone, SNAPCAM, Panagraph, Yelp, CNN and Foursquare are just a few of the developers building unique applications for the Nokia Lumia 1020 with the new Nokia Imaging SDK. It was also announced that popular personal magazine Flipboard and popular video service Vine will also be coming to Windows Phone.

"Now more than ever, people are using their smartphones to shoot, edit and share pictures," said Marco Argenti, Senior Vice President, Nokia Developer. "With the Nokia Lumia 1020, we are delivering an industry-leading imaging experience that takes people closer to the details that really matter. We've collaborated closely with Microsoft and top developers around the world to deliver unique app experiences, pushing the boundaries of innovation with our ecosystem."

The Nokia Imaging SDK was built with the same technology Nokia uses for its own imaging applications, including Smart Camera and Creative Studio. The SDK gives developers flexibility to create advanced imaging experiences in their applications for Nokia Lumia smartphones. Whether applying or creating filters or adding effects and adjustments to images, developers can offer people the ability to instantly personalize photos or relive the moment in a variety of ways. 

The SDK is available now at, and comes packed with over 50 effects, filters and enhancements. With this SDK, developers can get even more out of their images. Nokia's Random Access JPEG technology allows them to more efficiently manipulate image data to create stunning results. Developers can focus on creating incredibly fast and smooth user experiences because the SDK takes care of much of the image manipulation and effects.

Nokia also launched the Nokia Future/Capture competition at to encourage developers to build creative apps and hacks that further push the boundaries of smartphone imaging on the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Nokia is helping developers create unique applications positioned to change the consumer experience on Nokia Lumia smartphones.

Later this year, +Flipboard will be releasing a new edition of its popular personal magazine designed and developed specifically for Nokia Lumia smartphones. With Flipboard for Windows Phone, readers will have a single place to enjoy the news and updates they care about, as well as discover, create and share magazines on virtually any topic imaginable.

Eric Feng, Chief Technology Officer, Flipboard: "Nokia's commitment to beautiful imagery makes it an ideal partner to bring the Flipboard experience to Windows Phones worldwide."

Hipstamatic Oggl PRO
Hipstamatic Oggl PRO was designed specifically for the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a new user interface that sets it apart from the original Oggl app. Also exclusive to Hipstamatic Oggl PRO is the ability to set manual focus and exposure, reframe shots, and use auto-leveling and dual capture features that will inspire a creative approach to storytelling. Hipstamatic Oggl PRO is also equipped with the original Oggl capture and curation features, so users can easily snap and edit photos, share photos on social networks such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr, and interact with some of the best photographers from around the world.

Lucas Buick, CEO, Hipstamatic: "Nokia is the first hardware manufacturer to build a smartphone that is a camera-first experience, and it's been exciting working with such a talented hardware team. Hipstamatic Oggl PRO on Lumia 1020 produces incredible photos, and gives unparalleled smartphone camera control to the photographer."

Path, is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family and it's now coming to Windows Phone. Path with Nokia will bring more than 50 free and premium filter effects; along with high resolution & deep zoom imaging capabilities that allow users to capture and share those personal moments and every day works of art. Path users can also share their location, what music they are listening to or movie they are watching as well as express thoughts and moments, chat with private messages, and share emotions with no words through fun-loving stickers from the Path store.

Dave Morin, CEO and Co-Founder, Path: "Nokia has a long history in mobile technology at global scale - it's exciting to be a part of this chapter with them. Windows Phone is one of Path's most requested platforms and the Nokia Lumia has an amazingly sharp camera, bringing Path photo moments to life. We're excited to bring Path to Windows Phone users around the world."

+Vyclone is a social video platform where Nokia Lumia 1020 users can easily create, sync, edit and combine multiple views of a shared moment. Vyclone instantly combines footage shot by multiple users into one elegant and collaborative multi-angle video.

David King Lassman, Co-Founder & CEO, Vyclone: "We are thrilled and honored to be one of the first Nokia partners to take advantage of the Nokia Lumia 1020's revolutionary video zoom paired with unparalleled image quality - two features that will undoubtedly take Vyclone video creation to new levels of engagement and production value."

Exclusive at launch to Windows Phone, SNAPCAM is the photo app that helps build photo stories of the events that matter in life, share photo albums with friends and then in just a few taps create stunning, full colour, photo products of your memories and have them delivered to your door to enjoy forever.

Steve Hayward, CEO, SNAPCAM: "Hundreds of millions of photos are being taken on smartphones every day and with the Nokia Lumia 1020, we can now capture our special moments in amazing detail. However, we all have too many great pictures that are simply being forgotten; sitting on phones, hard drives and in the cloud. SNAPCAM makes treasuring your memories, quick, easy, and accessible."
Panagraph, a Nokia exclusive, is an advanced photo app that utilizes multi-touch gestures to create photo mosaic images where a single image takes on the look of individual tiled shots. Shared socially, or printed large scale, the app creates stunning images that are more engaging expressions of the captured moment. 

Tim Hogan, Co-Founder, "The threshold between the exacting nature of the photo studio and real life is now much narrower. Nokia Lumia 1020 frees people to capture high resolution images in more spontaneous ways. Panagraph fully leverages the hi-fidelity Nokia Imaging SDK which allowed us to focus on creating the signature photo mosaic effect that lets people express their vision and relive those moments in a unique new way."

Local search app +Yelp Page Email App delivers an immersive experience to users with a Nokia Lumia 1020, featuring an augmented reality function that enables a real-time view of Yelp reviews and star ratings through the camera lens. Users can capture and share high resolution photos, view Yelp purchased deals with Wallet, use speech to text search, and use app to app integration with HERE Maps, all without leaving the Yelp app experience.

Eric Singley, Vice President of Products, Consumer and Mobile, Yelp: "We're thrilled to partner with Nokia to bring Yelp to Windows Phone 8 and expand Yelp's availability to more users through this new platform. Yelp's vast array of rich user generated content is a perfect pairing with Nokia's great devices. We're looking forward to connecting people with great local businesses with this rich, visual mobile experience."

+CNN is optimizing the CNN App for Windows Phone 8 for the Nokia Lumia 1020. Building on CNN's robust selection of news stories, images and video; panoramic interface and direct access to iReport through the app, CNN has added a number of features with the Nokia Imaging SDK.

Craig Kirkland, Sr. Director of Product Strategy, CNN Digital: "The CNN App for Windows Phone 8 continues to give consumers a great news and information experience. Through CNN's app, iReporters can share even higher quality photos and videos with the camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020."

Using the new Nokia Lumia 1020, +foursquare users will now be able to take high-resolution photos wherever they check in and apply one of over 50 new photo filters. These enhanced photo capabilities are a natural complement to the rich tools Foursquare provides for sharing and recording real-world experiences. Along with existing business information such as phone numbers, addresses, and operating hours, the addition of high-quality photos to merchants' listings on foursquare will help users continue to find great places around them, both at home and when travelling.

Holger Luedorf, Vice President of Business Development, Foursquare: "Foursquare's mission is to help our users make the most of where they are and where they are going, and photos at local business pages are a huge resource for people to research locations before they go there. Foursquare on Nokia Lumia 1020 will provide our users a simple way to take, enhance, and share photos of where they are, allowing them to detail their experiences and providing a valuable resource for other Foursquare users who haven't been there yet." 

About Nokia
+Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit

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