Nokia Lumia 1020 reportedly reaches 'end of life' on Sep 14

It's been one year - almost to the day, in fact - since Nokia announced its Lumia 1020, finally bringing the mighty 41-megapixel camera of the 808 PureView to Windows Phone. The device went on sale in the US shortly afterwards, before making its way to Europe a couple of months later in September. 

Today, @evleaks claimed that the 1020 will reach 'end of life' status sooner than some may have expected, on September 14, 2014. 

What does this mean in practice? It suggests that the Lumia 1020 will no longer be considered part of Nokia's retail line-up, with no further units being manufactured, and sales continuing only until remaining stocks are depleted. Nokia, now under the Microsoft Devices group, will of course continue to support the device and honor existing warranties. 

While its 41MP camera is still considered among the best available on any handset, the Lumia 1020 has been eclipsed by newer flagships that have arrived since its launch. Its dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset is no longer cutting edge, in the face of a new generation of handsets now on sale with quad-core Snapdragon 800-series processors. Its 4.5-inch 1280x768px display has been overshadowed too by newer devices with larger screens and Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution, with the first phones featuring Quad HD (2560x1440px) displays, like the LG G3, also launching more recently. 

It is not yet clear if the company plans to launch a direct replacement for the impressive Lumia 1020. Nokia's other high-end handsets - the Lumia 1520 phablet, and the Lumia Icon/930 - feature 20MP cameras. 

Source: @evleaks 

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chago12 said,
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Ah someone else who didn't read the article or the comments.

EOL just means they will no longer be manufacturing the phone. They will still continue to push updates to it, just no new 1020s will be made.

I'm holding out for a 5.0 - 5.5 inch 1520/1020 hybrid phone with a 41mpx camera. I own both a 1020 and a 1520. What I like the most about the 1520 is the screen and the SD-card. The 1020 is my favorite shooter of course. Not having a SD-card on a phone nowadays that is mostly used to shoot pictures and short videos, doesn't work for me, since I swap phones a lot.

I'm only considering the 1520 or the 930 as a replacement of sorts. Noting can really match the clarity of the 1020 and I've tried even the best android devices from sony and samsung. The real crippling of this device isn't the screen, unlike the author who thinks 1440p matters. The problem is that to process 41MPs the cpu is taxed too much and really needs an upgrade.

resolution of the screen is irrelevant any longer.

My contract is up in a month, depending on if I think I'm ready to move up from my 520, I might sign a 2 year contract for the 1020. I guess its dependant on whats available in the market in 1 month.

I would wait for the Lumia 930 instead. Awesome camera and much better specs. The 1020 is still awesome for the camera but the specs are already outdated to commit to a 2 year plan for it IMHO.

My wife and I are holding on to our 1020 devices until a TRUE successor to it comes out. It absolutely MUST have a significantly better camera on it or it's a waste of my money, since NO phone camera trumps our 1020.

I got my Lumia 1020 in September - November when it became available in the UK. I am on a 2 year contract, so wont be able to upgrade until August next year, so I hope the support and updates continue through to 8.1 GDR 1, Threshold etc.

I hope when my upgrade time does come, there is a new Nokia/Microsoft Lumia phone, with an awesome camera, and 5" - 5.7" screen. (The 1520 is a little too big I think)

Ouch. Only a yr of support? Microsoft just keeps changing their ideas. Form an idea then execute, not execute then think. You'll lose customers that way. Just like WP7.

suprNOVA said,
Ouch. Only a yr of support? Microsoft just keeps changing their ideas. Form an idea then execute, not execute then think. You'll lose customers that way. Just like WP7.

Do you even know what EOL means?

obviously not, he also didn't read the article. but now he'll make sure to never return to answer these replies and pretend he never saw them :)

suprNOVA said,
Ouch. Only a yr of support? Microsoft just keeps changing their ideas. Form an idea then execute, not execute then think. You'll lose customers that way. Just like WP7.

ouch, you didn't read the article did you :)

derekaw said,
There would be a massive outcry if Apple retired a phone so soon.

There's no such thing as a "massive outcry" from Apple fans. That's because as soon as the next one's coming out, they're all lining up to buy it and have already forgotten all about their current phone.

derekaw said,
There would be a massive outcry if Apple retired a phone so soon.

There would be massive outcry if Apple discontinued sales of an old phone?

It's still supported for another 2 years, so who cares? It will likely be replaced.

derekaw said,
There would be a massive outcry if Apple retired a phone so soon.

You're confusing discontinuation of sales with end of support.

I'm hoping the rumored new 'flagship phone' that will be shipping in the fall (with WP8.1 GDR1... or even GDR2 depending on the timing) will be the Nokia 1030, the replacement for this phone.

Fingers crossed it's on AT&T, and available by November (when my current contract runs out).

Yeah I love my 1020 but the innards could do with a bump just to keep it looking fresh. I mean the camera is amazing and the phone itself works flawlessly but a lot of people are port of if its not supporting a quad core CPU and latest chipset. A boost would help sales.

I hope it did well enough to warrant an update. I got one, LOVE IT, but I know its mostly a 920 plus extra RAM and the gorgeous camera. A second generation device could be *really* nice :)

Chikairo said,
I hope it did well enough to warrant an update. I got one, LOVE IT, but I know its mostly a 920 plus extra RAM and the gorgeous camera. A second generation device could be *really* nice :)
Yea I love mine. And updated version of this phone with a more mature ecosystem and a full app catalogue... and preferably a MicroSD card would be worth every premium penny. I think the Ecosystem is maturing nicely as well as the app catalogue. I'll buy an updated one when it shows up.

MrHumpty said,
The are no more expensive than other phones.

Not sure how any windows phones cost that much given that they still badly lack in the apps department and are catching up on features. I do hope they succeed though.

Beyond Godlike said,

Not sure how any windows phones cost that much given that they still badly lack in the apps department and are catching up on features. I do hope they succeed though.

the OS is free silly. you're paying for the camera.

Dot Matrix said,
Nooooo. I still haven't bought one yet. AT&T refuses to let me upgrade. :(

Now would be an awful time to upgrade to it.

Dot Matrix said,
Nooooo. I still haven't bought one yet. AT&T refuses to let me upgrade. :(
I love mine, but, I'd probably wait and not buy a 1020 now. Its camera is really nice... but getting the new screens/processors etc. would be a good reason to take a camera that's still superb but not as good as the 1020.

MrHumpty said,
I love mine, but, I'd probably wait and not buy a 1020 now. Its camera is really nice... but getting the new screens/processors etc. would be a good reason to take a camera that's still superb but not as good as the 1020.

I really hope there is a direct successor to the 1020, in this case. I really enjoy the camera on my 920, and would love to have a powerful camera on my next upgrade + extra power pack like the 1020 has now.