Nokia Lumia 1020: Image leaks along with new details

The long wait for Nokia's new Windows Phone flagship, featuring a 41-megapixel camera, is almost over. But ahead of its launch later this week, the leaks just keep on coming. 

The latest revelations come via WPCentral, who got their hands on what appears to be an official render of the device, along with a few juicy new details. The image shows the handset in three colours - yellow, white and black - which lines up with what we reported earlier this week.

The render also seems to confirm previous leaks and rumours indicating that the device will indeed have a 41MP sensor along with both Xenon and LED flash units. WPCentral reports that the camera will be capable of capturing 38MP shots in a 4:3 aspect ratio; it will also be able to snap simultaneous 32MP and 5MP shots. The 5MP image employs the same 'over-sampling' feature that Nokia's earlier 808 PureView used, which condenses data from seven pixels into a single, densely-detailed 'super-pixel'. Like its Lumia 920 and 925 siblings, the device will also include optical image stabilisation. 

There had been some recent confusion over the name of the device, with some sources suggesting that it would be called the 'Nokia 909' as a follow-on to its predecessor, and it seems that - for a time at least - this was the intention. A photo taken by Windows Phone lead Joe Belfiore confirmed today that the handset will in fact be called the Lumia 1020.

WPCentral's sources were also able to confirm that the handset will include 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of onboard storage, although there's no microSD card slot to expand that, which may well cause some issues for those taking lots of 38MP snaps. The device will apparently ship with Windows Phone build 8.0.10322.71, featuring the latest OS update - General Distribution Release 2 - and Nokia's newest firmware update, codename 'Amber'. Interestingly, the OS build currently shipping on the Nokia Lumia 925 is version 8.0.10327.77. 

Finally, a Nokia-exclusive Pro Camera app will also be included with the 1020, giving users the ability to change advanced photo settings such as ISO, white balance, manual focus, shutter speed and flash mode on the fly. 

As previously reported, the Lumia 1020 is expected to ship to Microsoft Stores on 22 July, with sales starting in the US by the end of the month, where it will be exclusively available on AT&T for those purchasing it with a contract.

Source and image: WPCentral

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None of the phones these days inspire me to spend any money. S4 - cheap build + ****ty Samsung overlay onto the OS + only half of the storage is available; iPhone - completely uninspiring; Nokia - Not a fan personally of Windows Phone 8 (too simple for my liking) + lack of apps. Liked the new HTC One, but that too has OS and battery life issues. Someone needs to release a phone that is jaw dropping. The last time that happened was when the iPhone 4 came out.

laserfloyd said,
The images will be downsampled. At least... they should be by default. Who knows? All will be revealed in a couple of days.
IIRC downsampling, to a degree, is optional... but is the default.

32gb is small w/o downsampling though. If you take video's on your phone you'll eat up 32gb quickly if you have apps and other pics on there. They really should either offer a 64gb version or card support. Makes me a sad panda

LightEco said,
Seriously? Exclusive to AT&T again? This stupid type of exclusivity does not help the Windows Phone ecosystem.
Nokia gets paid. And they support the Wireless tech most used in the world out of the gate. On the whole I'm sure Nokia has done the math and knows it's worth while in the states.

"although there's no microSD card slot to expand that, which may well cause some issues for those taking lots of 38MP snaps"

It downsamples them, so you're not saving a 41mp picture. 41mp is just to take the image, and then software interpolates it to anywhere between 5-8mp.

Not quite.

Down-sampling is an option; not all images have to be down-sampled. The original 808 PureView offered the ability to down-sample images to 3MP, 5MP or 8MP, along with being able to take full-resolution images at 36MP in 16:9 aspect ratio or 38MP in 4:3. From what's been said about the 1020, it seems that a similar set-up will be offered with options for a down-sampled 5MP image or a full-resolution 38MP 4:3 shot.

In that case, it would be possible for users to fill up their storage with 38MP photos.

gcaw said,
Not quite.

Down-sampling is an option; not all images have to be down-sampled. The original 808 PureView offered the ability to down-sample images to 3MP, 5MP or 8MP, along with being able to take full-resolution images at 36MP in 16:9 aspect ratio or 38MP in 4:3. From what's been said about the 1020, it seems that a similar set-up will be offered with options for a down-sampled 5MP image or a full-resolution 38MP 4:3 shot.

In that case, it would be possible for users to fill up their storage with 38MP photos.

I would hope that the people buy this phone would be savvy enough to default it to downsample. I can't imagine that not being an option. If it's full res out of the box then Nokia will need to patch their software because that'll get old, fast.

This will have a 1280x768 display just like the 920 and 925. As mentioned this phone is running GDR2 (General Distribution Release 2) of Windows phone. To be honest I think it's enough resolution.

Those looking for 1080p displays and Quad-Cores (Snapdragon 600 & 800) will be waiting for the GDR3 release expected in a few months. GDR3 will be the last major release of Windows Phone 8 before 8.1 is released.

This looks very promising and I can't wait to see it in action!!

I carry around my G15 when i don't feel like carrying around anything substantial. I would like to carry this around and see what it can do. So far from the pics that I have gleaned over it looks to be a great companion to bring along on a trip or out with friends.

I want to see the side profile and the thickness of this device at its thickest area. The snap on case looks to be a nice addition as well.

Nokia at least is innovating in this department. Not like Samsung that decides to stick a phone on their P-n-S camera.

Different models for different budgets. Not everyone can afford the flagship device, so they offer cheaper models of the latest generation with lesser features to those with smaller budgets.

This isn't a hard concept to master, and it's better than the way some other companies do it, where if you have a small budget, you have to buy older generation hardware.

JHBrown said,
How many damn models does Nokia have? Are they trying to out do Mozilla and Google with the numbers game?

At least all of Nokia's models have a purpose, unlike samsung that seems to just poop out whatever possible in the market.

JHBrown said,
How many damn models does Nokia have? Are they trying to out do Mozilla and Google with the numbers game?
I don't think Mozilla or Google advertise each time they have a new update. They just want to get completed features out once they're completed instead of having to wait around for months to bundle all these features in one big update.

I'm glad it's coming out now...I bought the 920...so end of next year we "should" have amazing phones by then.

If this don't have a nice 1080p display to view those great photo's, then i'm not getting it. MS need to actually support 1080p on WP8 first though. Support for more SoC's would also be nice.

Otherwise i can see this literally just having identical hardware to the 920, but with a better camera, and thats not good enough. Theres few hardware options for WP makers. For instance, the 925 is just a 920 with a different OLED screen and the wireless charging removed.

Take your effing time MS...

Edited by NoClipMode, Jul 8 2013, 10:06pm :

Oh you're so funny /s

I can see the difference between 1080p and 720p on a phone and my eyes are not perfect. If i'm buying a high-end phone i want the best screen available, especially to go with a great camera.

NoClipMode said,
Oh you're so funny /s

I can see the difference between 1080p and 720p on a phone and my eyes are not perfect. If i'm buying a high-end phone i want the best screen available, especially to go with a great camera.

I thought the claim was that the pixels in the previous generation of displays were already beyond the ability of unaided eyes to distinguish. Supposedly, normal human eyes were literally physically incapable of doing so.

Was there some hidden asterisk to their claims that was being glossed over?

Kyang said,

I thought the claim was that the pixels in the previous generation of displays were already beyond the ability of unaided eyes to distinguish. Supposedly, normal human eyes were literally physically incapable of doing so.

Was there some hidden asterisk to their claims that was being glossed over?

If the screen is 4.5" or smaller than you don't really NEED more than 720p. Over 4.5" and it becomes beneficial to go to 1080p as most will be able to notice it at that point.

I have switch from HTC One X with 720p to HTC One with 1080p

it is 4.7" smartphone screen and the difference is huge. you can immediatly see how much crispier the details look, and even when you zoom out of pages the small text is clear and readable.

so, while at first i failed to the the point of 1080p on smartphone, now that i have it, i can tell you it would be hard to go back!


also, for such amazing camera, you would really want the best screen

above 200ppi (pixels per inch) is difficult for average people to see any difference, only those who work in fine detail on images were typically able to notice any difference. Anything approaching 300ppi nobody could tell the difference at all. Here's how big screens are at 300ppi, and what resolution that equals.
1280 x 720 = 4.26" @ 300ppi
1920 x 1080 = 6.5"@ 300ppi
2560 x 1440 = 8.533" @ 300ppi
3840 x 2160 = 12.8" @ 300ppi
5120 x 2880 = 17.066" @ 300ppi
7680 x 4320 = 25.6" @ 300ppi
10240 x 5760 = 34.133" @ 300ppi
15360 x 8640 = 51.2" @ 300ppi

panacea said,
I have switch from HTC One X with 720p to HTC One with 1080p

it is 4.7" smartphone screen and the difference is huge. you can immediatly see how much crispier the details look, and even when you zoom out of pages the small text is clear and readable.

so, while at first i failed to the the point of 1080p on smartphone, now that i have it, i can tell you it would be hard to go back!


also, for such amazing camera, you would really want the best screen


Invizibleyez said,
above 200ppi (pixels per inch) is difficult for average people to see any difference, only those who work in fine detail on images were typically able to notice any difference. Anything approaching 300ppi nobody could tell the difference at all. Here's how big screens are at 300ppi, and what resolution that equals.
1280 x 720 = 4.26" @ 300ppi
1920 x 1080 = 6.5"@ 300ppi
2560 x 1440 = 8.533" @ 300ppi
3840 x 2160 = 12.8" @ 300ppi
5120 x 2880 = 17.066" @ 300ppi
7680 x 4320 = 25.6" @ 300ppi
10240 x 5760 = 34.133" @ 300ppi
15360 x 8640 = 51.2" @ 300ppi

Yeah I did some rough math. If my 920 were 1080 then it'd have roughly a pixel density of nearly 500. That's ridiculous. Given your chart, that appears to be pretty accurate since you'd be cramming much more into that given space. 1080 on a phone to me is just pointless. It's fine on a tablet or higher.

I almost felt jealous... Just got a Lumia 928 last month.

Then I noticed it's exclusive to AT&T... I wouldn't have waited another 6 months or however long for a 102x anyways.

Breaking even is still a win

Mr. Dee said,
Still getting either the iPhone 5 or 5S.

A fool and his money are soon separated. Normally after they enter an Apple store

SickDave said,

A fool and his money are soon separated. Normally after they enter an Apple store


and walk out with rectal bleeding

who cares what either of you will use? just use it, these are tools, not statements.

and the people saying that apple users are fools, you're not different my friend.

Fritzly said,
Still waiting for Lumia 920 successor.....
You gotta wonder when that's coming and what it's going to look like. My guess is this holiday season. I really want a primo camera on my phone though. I've got young kids and frankly I use my phone for taking pics more than anything else these days. Not having to even think about bringing a point and shoot anywhere for me and my wife will be great stuff.

SickDave said,

A fool and his money are soon separated. Normally after they enter an Apple store

That's what Zune, Play for Sure and early Windows Phone 7 smart owners learned too.

MrHumpty said,
You gotta wonder when that's coming and what it's going to look like. My guess is this holiday season. I really want a primo camera on my phone though. I've got young kids and frankly I use my phone for taking pics more than anything else these days. Not having to even think about bringing a point and shoot anywhere for me and my wife will be great stuff.

personally I hope 4.5", 1080 screen; quad core to be future proof for Blu' e, maybe WP9; polycarbonate because, personal preferences of course, I am not a big fan of the metal/polycarbonate mix a la 925; minimum 32 GB storage.
And yes, I guess around October/ November too.

Fritzly said,

personally I hope 4.5", 1080 screen; quad core to be future proof for Blu' e, maybe WP9; polycarbonate because, personal preferences of course, I am not a big fan of the metal/polycarbonate mix a la 925; minimum 32 GB storage.
And yes, I guess around October/ November too.

Biggest complaint I have about the Lumina's is MicroSD support. I'm fully expecting a 1025/1028 with MicroSD w/i a year. I'm just gonna have to deal with it to get off my HTC Titan.

MDboyz said,
I hear they come with free ponies ...

And I hear that Windows Phone comes on free trying to ketchup with Android and iOS devices.

Mr. Dee said,

And I hear that Windows Phone comes on free trying to ketchup with Android and iOS devices.


Want some fries with that "ketchup"?

above 200ppi (pixels per inch) is difficult for average people to see any difference, only those who work in fine detail on images were typically able to notice any difference. Anything approaching 300ppi nobody could tell the difference at all. Here's how big screens are at 300ppi, and what resolution that equals. 1280 x 720 = 4.26" @ 300ppi
1920 x 1080 = 6.5"@ 300ppi
2560 x 1440 = 8.533" @ 300ppi
3840 x 2160 = 12.8" @ 300ppi
5120 x 2880 = 17.066" @ 300ppi
7680 x 4320 = 25.6" @ 300ppi
10240 x 5760 = 34.133" @ 300ppi
15360 x 8640 = 51.2" @ 300ppi

Fritzly said,

personally I hope 4.5", 1080 screen; quad core to be future proof for Blu' e, maybe WP9; polycarbonate because, personal preferences of course, I am not a big fan of the metal/polycarbonate mix a la 925; minimum 32 GB storage.
And yes, I guess around October/ November too.

Mr. Dee said,

That's what Zune, Play for Sure and early Windows Phone 7 smart owners learned too.

Nonsense. Apple stores didn't sell any of those things.
I should note that both of my ZuneHDs are still going strong after almost 4 years. Gonna be so sad when it dies. But I'll buy another!

Mr. Dee said,

And I hear that Windows Phone comes on free trying to ketchup with Android and iOS devices.

My missus has ketchup when she comes on.

Kalint said,
These posts... just sad and embarrassing.

I guess humour is wasted on you. Even though i made that post i still own Apple products. Lighten up.

Fritzly said,
quad core to be future proof for Blue, maybe WP9
If the phone needs a quad core because of the OS, then the OS makers did something seriously wrong. If the OS is consuming resources so much that it even needs more than one core, then it is seriously inefficient or doing too much. This is the major reason that I like WP, and even iOS to some extent: they do more with a lot less, which is why I can eek out 3 day battery life on my 920 if I need it without having to lug around a massive battery.

I honestly don't need a quad core processor because they lower the clock speed of the individual cores, and eat more battery. I wouldn't say no to one because, as you said, it future proofs the phone, but for the apps that will run on it rather than the OS.

Fritzly said,

personally I hope 4.5", 1080 screen; quad core to be future proof for Blu' e, maybe WP9; polycarbonate because, personal preferences of course, I am not a big fan of the metal/polycarbonate mix a la 925; minimum 32 GB storage.
And yes, I guess around October/ November too.

It's already fairly well known that the GDR3 update for Windows Phone 8 will add support for 1080p displays and quad-core snapdragon SoCs. Which is before 'blue' aka 8.1 update.

SickDave said,

I guess humour is wasted on you. Even though i made that post i still own Apple products. Lighten up.

you think they're just making jokes?