Exclusive: New render of 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020 in yellow, white and black plus more details revealed

As we get closer and closer to Thursday, it is probably of little surprise that more information is coming out about Nokia’s 41MP Windows Phone, the Lumia 1020. The device, which has gone by the codename ‘Elvis’ on AT&T and ‘EOS’ in general, is expected to be Nokia’s biggest splash yet in mobile photography since the PureView 808, but this time with the power of Windows Phone behind it.

In the new render above, you can clearly see an unbranded Nokia Lumia 1020 in yellow, along with three other 1020’s in yellow, black and white with the 41MP camera exposed. Featuring a Xenon and LED flash, a massive camera sensor (and $70 optional camera grip accessory), the Lumia 1020 should give photo buffs a new dream phone for everyday use.

We can also confirm a few more tidbits about this phone before the reveal…

Nokia Lumia 1020

  • It has optical image stabilization (OIS) built in
  • It takes the image in a 32MP and 5MP at the same time in 16:9
  • The 5MP image is over sampled dropping 7pixels into one “super pixel”
  • It shoots 38MP in 4:3
  • “Nokia 909” was an early name for it but it will be “Lumia 1020” for release
  • 2GB of RAM, an increase of 1GB from other high end Windows Phone 8 devices
  • 32GB of internal storage, no SD
  • WP8 V 8.0.10322.71
  • FM radio (Amber)
  • Flip to silence (Amber)
  • NFC is on board
  • Optional wireless charging backplate will be available

The addition of OIS sets the Lumia 1020 apart from the PureView 808, which lacked the ability to have non-blurry photos in low light. This same OIS technology was introduced with the Lumia 920, and followed up in the Lumia 928 and Lumia 925.  

Combined with the much larger camera sensor, the F2.2. aperture and now OIS, the Lumia 1020 should easily trounce its competition in the mobile world. The addition of extra RAM is most likely required for the massive images that this phone will produce.

Likewise, we can share some details on the Pro Camera app, an exclusive Nokia offering that will give advanced photo settings to users in “live mode” meaning you can change them like the third party Pro Shot app. Those settings include

  • ISO
  • White Balance
  • Manual focus
  • Shutter speed
  • Flash

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is expected to hit AT&T by the end of the month, with Microsoft Stores receiving shipments on Monday, July 22nd and an actual ship date later in the week making this a quick turnaround for Nokia. The inventory price (off-contract) lists the phone for $602 and in three colors, including yellow, white and black, though it will go for significantly cheaper on contract or the AT&T subsidized price.

No word on international availability but it has been reported that the UK will be getting the phone, hinting that if this device is exclusive to AT&T, it won’t be for long at all.

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

345 Comments
  • wOW..!!! OIS!!! Low light?
    Where is NFC and Wireless Charging ???
    No microsd is no bueno for me and many others.
    I hope I'm not first
     
  • Nice our killer phone :)
  • It has NFC and you can get a wireless charging plate case for it
  • I'd say the next Updated version of this phone (like Lumia 925 is to 920), will have:
    •1080p(MSFT adding that)
    •NFC
    •Wireless Charging
    •Slimmer size
    •SD Card slot too like Lumia 720's unibody design.
  • I'm thinking that they might use a 1080p display unit that runs in 720p until GDR3, which would be really smart, considering that it would be future-proof at least until the next wave of hardware when android leaves windows phone in the dust again in terms of processors and ram. Hopefully this will bring windows phone internals to a state where they are able to compete with android internals, even if not necesary with MS optimizations, but to a point where it looks good for spec sheets since the average consumer won't know that MS has made a highly efficient kernel that doesn't demand resources like quad core to run smoothly like android. Nokia has incredible potential and MS with their slow update cycle has been holding them back. I hope this handset can reverse the cycle and put windowsphone handsets (mainly nokia) ahead or on par with androids.
  • Impossible - 720p will look like shit on 1080p display. It will be a blurry mess.
  • +1
    not just blurry, but stretched and blurry..
  • wrong! it will just look blurry you cant stretch when there is no change in ratio....
  • Wrong. The stretching is due to changed pixel aspect ratio (one data pixel being represented by two display pixels changes the displayed-aspect-ratio or the effective pixel dot-pitch). There is nothing you can do about it, except to make the current pixels shorter or thinner to roughly half their current sizes. Which in turn would make the 1080p mode look *squashed*
     
    If that wasnt clear, open up a video in VLC media player > full screen and see what happens when you press 'a' to cycle through the aspect ratios.
     
    Trust me, I am an engineer. I know what I am talking about. There is a solution, thats called resampling, but that will simply result in a blurry mess trying to display 720p on a 1080p screen. And AFAIK, WP doesnt support it, so thats out of the question.
  • 1080 is for 5" and above screens only.
  • srsly who says that? thats total BS!
  • http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8-will-reportedly-get-1080p-suppo...
  • HTC one is 4.7 and 1080p screen
  • The article is about the Lumia 1020.
    The comments are about it having 1080 resolution.
    HTC one is an android phone.
    I'm saying that windows phone will only support 1080 on 5" and above screens.
  • Ummm.. No... Didnt you hear about HTC One 4.7" 1080p screen.. ?
  • Wow, you are absolutely correct! On a completely unrelated matter, did you know that Windows phone only support 1080 on 5" screens or larger? /s
  • I think what people are trying to say is: "there are 1080p screens in existence that are smaller than 5", how is WP8 going to detect the size of the screen.  If HTC use their 4.7" screen then what technical barrier is there that would stop it being used".
    Your answer is to refer to a post just says that 1080p screens make sense when the screen is 5" or larger.  While it is true that the difference in resolution is pretty much imperceptable at 4.7" there is nothing AFAIK that would stop HTC making a WP8 device with a 4.7" 1080p screen. However, I suppose it is potentially possible for MS to request phone manufacturers to add the screen size into the phone system description.  But it seems pointless to me, 
    Second, stop insulting people  before you try to understand them.  Even if you are right by not answering the question you seem a bit dim.
  • Ok, I was bit sarcastic. However the comment that I replied to was too. I answered the other comment politely as he was polite too. Anyway its not just that one post I've read that windows are not allowing phone manufactures to have 1080 on screens smaller than 5". Sorry if I was rude, just having a bit of banter ;)
  • Its a nice idea, but like the others have said, it will probably be very blurry
  • 1. MSFT is too big of a fool to not advertise that they dont need heavy Specs like RAMs & Processors aren't needed for the WPs to work smoothly than any Android OS Phone.
    2. If they uselessly add the Specs & RAMs to compete the sheet that'd make the phones either expensive or their Profit margin lesser than now as there would be very minute affect on the Performance of the fluidity.
    3. Thirdly I agree that MSFT is the Reason Nokia is not able to compete and also their slow and careless Updates Many basic features missing.
    4. Nokia has the potencial MSFT is making their own loss by not being as serious as Nokia is and MSFT needs to know that its NOW with Nokia they need to bring a Wave in the Market.
    5. I dont see HTC, Samsung, Huawei & ZTE much serious towards WP OS as Nokia is and LG is just making its 1st WP8.
     
  • Damn you're smart I realized your words today!! As per the rumors Nokia launching Lumia 825 with 720p Display and since they are upgrading all the 520,620,720,820,920 to X25 Series with updates in camera,screen or processor as seen on L625 & L925. Thus I think Lumia 825 will be a 720 p display until GDR3 after which it'd be a 1080p display. Also that 8XX series is a bit imp. & fav. to Nokia Lumia 800 & 808PV.  And also 800 is the Nich series whereas 7XX,6XX & 5XX are Mid & low end. thus most probably L825 may be like 720p until GDR3 and 1080p afterwards.
  • I doubt about the SD card slot. It seems Nokia only saves them for their mid range phones with low storage (Lumia 720) and I think the only reason they gave the 720 a SD slot was because it wasn't their flagship. Nokia seems pretty strict about keeping their unibody flagship design clean. That's getting pretty annoying since no one is going to die over adding a SD slot on the top when their is already a sim slot on there.
  • I'd say its a good thing to keep the phone design clean and nice. But I think Lumia 1020 may need SD Card slot for a Photo buff like me.!!
  • It says right in the article that you're replying to that the phone has NFC.
  • Oh! sorry My bad. I too for a while thought that why Nokia skipped on NFC this time. LOL
     
  • Hahaha no worries! :p
  • It has NFC. But what's with the f/2.2 aperture???
  • 2.2 is a good aperture for a cellphone and yes I know they have released f/1.9 and it is probably which most of their images are soft.
  • I know it's good... I shoot Canon... But my 928 has f/2.0. Seems like a move in the wrong direction. Really, they need to invent variable aperture small enough for phone. Hey, they did it with OIS, right?
  • The larger sensor requires a larger diameter lens. The f/1.9 aperture is for the Lumia 620 which has a tiny 1/3.2" sensor.  The 1020 sensor is expected to be 1/1.2" sensor.Which means the iris of the aperture has to open wider to give an equivalent f-stop. f/2.2 is pretty good in this case.  Second, since is has the pixel binning technology it can produce shots with theoretically lower noise at a higher aperture.
    Don't get me wrong, f/1.9 would be awesome but I don't think you can compare the 720 camera to a 1020.
  • I'm just goin to point out i think its fake render... It says Carl Zeiss instead of Zeiss
  • From now on every brand with Carl Zeiss will have ZEISS in it. Haven't you read the news?
    http://petapixel.com/2013/06/28/carl-zeiss-rebrands-to-zeiss/
  • Wait, I read your comment wrong. You're right. It's supposed to be ZEISS.
  • MicroSD is not a big deal to most people, as the popularity of iPhone and HTC One have proven. Most people I know stick a 16 or 32gb card in there, and that's where it stays it's entire life. Most people don't swap cards very often at all if ever.
  • I agree to your point that ppl dont swap their cards much neither I do. but you know its cheap enough to add a 64GB card to 8GB phone than having a fixed 32GB onboard memory.
    And Yes, that 64GB SD Card stays in their for life. :)
  • I thought that the $602 price was what Microsoft pays Nokia to stock each device, and they charge the customer more?
     
    Hmmm... Would expect $649 or $699 off-contract pricing.
  • I read the $602 number that way as well. The sheet showed a unit price of $602 and an extended amount of $15,050 which would typically be how a store would see it on an invoice to the store, i.e. the amount the store has to pay. Also a $602 retail price would make no sense as that would make the 1020 only $23 more than the 925 and I don't see how the camera could only add $23 to the retail price.
  • Sexy phone (:
  • those at&t guys are gonna love it
  • I hate exclusivity. Nokia needs to get this on every carrier and market it up. Like Samsung and HTC have. 
  • Have we ever considered that part of Nokia's contract with AT&T was they get exclusive access to each new device for a certain number of years? AT&T had exclusive iPhone access for years, and the world survived. wp8's success was unknown last year, you can bet that as soon as Nokia is able they will release new phones to as many carriers and countries simultaneously that demand allows.
  • The circumstances of each devices launch are hardly the same. The iPhone was the first touchscreen phone that sold extremely well (so well Verizon went apeshit with the DROID platform). Nokia and Windows Phone are hardly in the same position that the iPhone was in at the time. 
     
    Nokia should learn from others mistakes. HTC almost went under due to exclusives and a lack of brand recognition. Samsung hit it big with the S3. In no small part do to being available on pretty much every carrier. 
  • This is a good point: Nokia and Microsoft should've learned from Apple's mistake. Apple's exclusivity deal with AT&T opened the door for Android on Verizon and we all know how that has worked out: Android (despite being a terrible operating system) now dominates the smartphone market while iPhone is falling. They already did the exclusivity think with the 920 at launch (and in my opinion it has hindered Windows Phone development).
    Likewise, I cannot imagine that other carriers are going to be happy about their new Nokia "exclusives" already being old hat (such as T-Mobile, who hasn't even gotten the 925 yet, and Verizon, who just got the 928).
    This is looks like an amazing phone: put it out there for everyone to buy. People don't switch carriers. That's why exclusivity doesn't work. Everyone is on family plans now with each member on staggered 2-year contracts. It's impossible to get 6 other people to switch with you and it doesn't make financial sense to individually leave the family plan (the savings are too signifcant).
  • I don't think Nokia wanted to do it, they were in such poor strategic and financial position they had to basically accept any terms given. Microsoft should have negotiated with all the carriers and removed/paid whatever impediment AT&T put in the way. Both companies can not be excused for not having faith in their product or not having enough stock last year. In fact they should pay the penalty and launch it on all major USA carriers at once. I agree exclusivity hindered rather than helped sales. But Verizon and T-mobile are interested in wp8 now. They should have used that fact as leverage and renegotiated.
  • Also initially At&t has been the largest supporter of windows phone hardware. So its a no brianer for Nokia to put it up on their network as an exclusive unit for six months.
  • How is limiting your area of influence (ie limiting the people who will buy your phone) a good thing? People don't switch carriers just to get a certain device. Getting it on more carriers will increase there sales base.
  • They clearly know something we don't. And saying something isnt the case doesn't make it so. People do switch, but it has to be compelling.
  • There are many factors that come into effect with picking a carrier. Price and Coverage are far more important than phone selection. Hence why Nokia needs to get one device everywhere.
  • They don't? People flocked to AT&T like crazy when the iPhone exclusivity was there.
  • Because the Lumia line is obviously selling has well has the iPhone line. That line of logic is hardly solid. Your comparing apples to oranges. The iPhone was introduced at a time where it had literally no competition. Now a days people won't do it, because there carrier now has reasonable substitutes for any phone (want a iPhone but your carrier doesn't have it? Have a galaxy S4 instead). 
     
     
  • I left sprint after 10 yrs 2 lines for ATT just for 920....
  • We (us who are into technology) are more likely to switch given our desire for the latest and greatest. The average consumer isn't like that. They are far more likely to stay with the carrier that they first chose. 
  • Not sure Att is the biggest promoter of windows phones. Still I'll give you that. Verizon sells more though. That's been reported by a couple places. So it make sense to get a variant on a carrier that sells the most windows phones ASAP
  • Nokia isn't flush with cash so Nokia has managed to negotiate exclusivity deals in exchange for their flagship phones getting the hero treatment. This goes a long way to achieving visibility because the carriers spend their own money marketing and featuring the phones.
    Obviously when faced with competition like Apple and Samsung's marketing budgets and brand recognition the more allies you have the better. Too often we only look through the eyes of what we want the situation to be without acknowledging that the situation is different.
    Now after the Microsoft Best Buy zones get up and running the situation could change because there is less reliance on having to fight for signage space or overcoming salesperson preference.
  • "Nokia isn't flush with cash so Nokia has managed to negotiate exclusivity deals in exchange for their flagship phones getting the hero treatment. This goes a long way to achieving visibility because the carriers spend their own money marketing and featuring the phones." 
     
    HTC almost died doing this. Remember the there One X variants exclusive to each carrier? Carriers stop marketing for the device after the next new phone comes out, and then start marketing that new device. HTC is now reaping the benefits of having one model on all the carriers with the HTC one and learned from that mistake. 
  • Considering that Nokia had nary a presence in the U.S.A., this exclusivity deal is appropriate.  ATT was the premier carrier for WP, when neither Sprint nor Verizon was on board; ATT is giving Nokia and WP the exposure they need, and it seems as though Verizon is 'coming around', but ATT is still where the hero treatment is for Lumia devices.
     
     
  • ^This! There will be a point where Verizon starts to get the same Device as At&t at the same time. A still limited exclusivity but with wider opportunities. It'll be a long time before we'll see Nokia flagships on all US carriers.
  • I actually have been really impressed with how well Verizon has supported the Lumia 928. They didn't roll out the initial store treatment that the 920 got on AT&T but their marketing campaign has been solid and consistent.
  • Actually, HTC is barely turning a profit.
  • There doing far better than they were at the beginning of the year. Bleeding profit left and right. Now there rebuilding there brand.
  • You say Nokia doesn't have no cash. If that's true it'd make more sense (definitely more money) to get this 41 megapixel beast on as many carries as possible. That old saying" If you build it they'll come" has never been more true with the 1020.
  • I'll some for sure... in my pants! LUMIA 1020 UUUUUUHHHH!!!!! There are no match for Lumia 920, 925 and 928 and now they release the LUMIA 1020!!!! I WANT!