After weeks of leaks and speculation, Nokia finally officially unveiled its camera-focused Lumia 1020 at a press event in New York today.
The highlight of the phone is obviously its 41-megapixel camera with improved optical image stabilization, Carl Zeiss optics, and six physical lenses. But Nokia didn’t skimp on the software side of things either, as the Lumia 1020 comes equipped with features like dual capture, where the phone snaps two pictures at once: a 38-megapixel image and an oversampled 5-megapixel image for easier sharing over social networks and messaging. Additionally, the high resolution of the camera allows for easy, detailed zooming both before and after shots are taken.
Also preloaded on the phone is Nokia’s Pro Camera software, which allows for both automatic shooting right out of the box and the ability to customize various photo/video settings. Aside from allowing users to tweak settings like ISO, white balance, and exposure, Pro Camera also uses an augmented reality overlay to show users in real time how their photos and video will look with their chosen settings.
Other specs for the phone include a 4.5-inch AMOLED, 1280 x 768 display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of onboard storage, and a 2,000 mAh battery. Official Nokia accessories for the phone were also revealed during the event, include a snap-on cover that enables wireless charging and the camera grip/battery booster that was previously leaked.
The Lumia 1020 will be available for pre-order online starting on July 16 and will go on sale starting July 26. The price tag is on the hefty side, however, as it will go for $300 subsidized on a new two-year contract. And, as has often been the case with Nokia’s flagships, the Lumia 1020 will “first” be exclusive on AT&T in the US (like with the Lumia 920, it’s possible variants could arrive on other networks), with China and select European markets to follow later this quarter. The device will be available in yellow, white, or black.