Update: we’ve published our in-depth review of the Lumia 1020
Earlier today, Nokia unveiled its Lumia 1020, which we’ve seen leaks regarding the device over the past couple of weeks. For the most part, all of the leaked specs for the device came out to be true, even its exclusivity to AT&T’s network in the U.S. The Nokia Lumia 1020 features a 4.5-inch AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM and a massive 41MP rear-facing camera along with a Xenon flash, which for the most part, is the star of this device.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 feels surprisingly light considering there’s a 41MP camera stuck to the back of it, and it nearly has the same dimensions as the Lumia 928, give or take a few inches. That means current Lumia owners will feel right at home with the 1020, although the first thing you’ll notice when holding the device is its matte finish. The Lumia 928 and Lumia 920 had a glossy finish, while the Lumia 1020 changes things up a bit with its matte finish, although Nokia says it’s made from the same polycarbonate material.
Just like with the Lumia 928 and Lumia 920, the Lumia 1020 has its physical buttons all grouped together on the right side of the device, which we haven’t been fans if their layout in our reviews. At the top of the right side of the Lumia 1020, you’ll find its volume rocker, the middle is where its power button is, and at the bottom, you’ll find its camera shutter button.
The Lumia 1020 brings back the ports layout of the Lumia 920. At the bottom of the Lumia 1020, you’ll find its micro-USB port as well as a single speaker off to the side. The top of the device houses its 3.5mm headphone jack, a microphone and the location of its SIM card.
Since the main focus of the Lumia 1020 is its 41MP camera, we gave it a quick go and found it to perform exceptionally well. The camera application has a nice amount of settings that will help both amateur and professional photographers get the perfect shot. When zooming in on the image, the quality barely degrades thanks to the the camera’s ability to produce massive images with its 41MP camera. We were able to send a sample photo from the Lumia 1020, which you can see for yourself the photo’s quality in the gallery below, although we did drop its resolution, so make sure to keep that in mind.
Nokia has certainly stepped up its smartphone portfolio now that it has revealed its Lumia 1020. We know the amount of megapixels a camera has isn’t everything, but when you throw something like a 41MP camera onto a Windows Phone 8 device, people are going to start to take notice.