Last week, Nokia announced its long-awaited Windows Phone flagship, the Lumia 1020, featuring an impressive 41-megapixel camera. The device goes on sale in the United States on July 26, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow.
Nokia has so far only announced pricing and availability in the US, where the handset will be exclusively offered on AT&T, who'll be expecting you to hand over $299.99 upfront, as well as committing to a two-year contract. That will make the device one of the most expensive in AT&T's range, going head-to-head with the identically priced iPhone 5 32GB.
The first indications of pricing beyond the US were revealed today by Nokiapoweruser, who spotted pre-order pages from two separate German retailers that had each priced the Lumia 1020 at €799 EUR (straight-up currency conversions: $1,042 USD / £690 GBP - actual local pricing may vary by market).
Nullprozentshop has since pulled the page from their site, while Notebooksbilliger has removed its pricing (seen in the image above), but still has a preview page for the upcoming handset. Notebooksbilliger also detailed pricing for the handset on contract, starting at €249.90 ($326 / £216) upfront with Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2.
To put this pricing into a more relevant context, the same site sells the Nokia Lumia 925 SIM-free for €518 ($676 / £448), with contract pricing starting at just €1 ($1.30 / $0.86) upfront, suggesting that the Lumia 1020 is expected to command quite a significant premium over the next handset down in Nokia's range.
Telefónica - O2's parent company operating in parts of Europe and Latin America - will exclusively offer a 64GB version of the Lumia 1020 in certain markets, although the company has not yet revealed how much it will cost, or when it will launch. We've been in touch with numerous UK network operators and retailers regarding their plans to launch the 1020, with most confirming availability in September.
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