Windows Phone fans, the moment you all have been waiting has arrived as Nokia, the most-prominent WP8-utilising company announces its next flagship.
The new Lumia 1020 smartphone marks a huge moment, both for the platform and for the smartphone industry in general. The phone’s announcement wasn’t as exciting however as almost all of the specs and introductory videos were already leaked online before the official word. Here’s the phone in detail:
- Display: 4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla 3 Glass, Clear Black, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch.
- Battery: 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover.
- Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon.
- Main camera:Pure View 41-megapixel with optical image stabilization.
- Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video.
- Front facing camera: HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle.
- Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory; 7GB free Sky Drive cloud storage.
- I/O USB2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security, W-LAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5 mm audio connector.
- Size/weight: 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4mm, Weight: 158g.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 looks a lot like its predecessor, the Lumia 920 and other phones in this series. The body is made of unpainted polycarbonate plastic and the design is unibody. The front is almost identical to the 920. The display, 1.2 megapixel HD camera, soft-keys and sensors are housed there. The back however is the center of all of the attention. It houses the bumped-up camera which protrudes out, unlike the 920. The 41 megapixel camera is accompanied by a Xenon and an LED Flash. (More on that later).
The device is overall much more compact and slimmer. It weighs an acceptable 158g now and is 10.4mm thick.
The display uses almost the same tech as its predecessor. It’s a 4.5 inch AMOLED panel with the same resolution of 768 x 1260 pixels. It features the same super sensitive touch which means you can use it with almost anything and the Pure Motion+ HD, which means buttery smooth graphics and animations.
The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. If the lack of Full HD resolution is a bummer for you, then you need to know that Windows Phone itself currently doesn’t support it right now.
You do get the Nokia-only software which is quite a perk and a huge distinguishing feature of the company’s WP8 smartphones.
A new feature which debuted on the Lumia 925 is ‘Glance’ which is a clock that appears on the home screen. It can also display a few notifications and your phone’s status.
Other than that, you get Nokia’s popular HERE service, along with apps like Nokia Music, Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive which are all pretty valuable. The phone runs on Windows Phone 8 and the next major step for it will be the 8.1 update. Still, the phone is decidedly lacking in the OS front and that’s solely Microsoft’s fault.
The phone’s hardware is nothing revolutionary. Under the hood you get a 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor with Qualcomm Snap Dragon S4 chipset and Adreno 225 GPU.
The amount of RAM is set at 2 GB, highest for a Windows Phone yet, along with 32 GB non-expandable storage (a 64 GB version will be there as well but that might be a bit unique). You’ll also get 7 GB of free Sky Drive storage.
Connectivity and Miscellaneous
The Lumia 1020 covers almost all the sections in the connectivity department. You get 4G LTE to start with, then NFC and wireless charging (more on that in a minute) and finally get Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB 2.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi. You don’t get Infrared however but it’s still not essential anyway, at least for the time being.
As for the wireless charging, it works with a snap-on accessory and isn’t built-in. The reason given is valid too: increased weight and thickness.
The phone is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery, which must’ve raised some eyebrows (HD screen, 41 mp camera, dual-core processor, really Nokia, really?) but we’ll have to wait and judge it by its performance in real life.
Pricing and Availability
The phone will start selling later this month in China and several American & European markets. In the US, AT&T will sell this phone for $299 with a contract, a decidedly large sum for the phone as most flagships retails for $199. The more important however is the off-contract price, which matters for markets like ours, but is still hidden under the curtains as of now which is a shame.
Still, considering the history of Nokia’s flagships, the phone might get launched at a price tag of about Rs. 70,000, which is steep but should settle a bit with the hype.