Nokia shows Lumia 1020 smartphones on the production line

With AT&T now taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1020 in the US, you might be wondering if the actual smartphones are in mass production. Well, worry no more, as Nokia's head of sales and marketing Chris Weber decided to use his Twitter account to show a rare glimpse of a smartphone productiion line.

Weber's Twitter post is as follows:

The Windows Phone 8 powered Nokia Lumia 1020 is currently scheduled to ship to AT&T customers in the US next week for the price of $299 with a two year contract. It's also supposed to launch sometime this quarter in China. In the UK, Three has promised to offer the smartphone later this year, as will Telefónica, which will also offer a special 64 GB variant under its O2 brand in the UK and Europe, along with Latin America under the Movistar and Vivo brands.

We've also reported that two German retailers have priced the regular 32 GB version at €799 EUR but there's no word on when it will be released in that part of the world.

Source: Chris Weber on Twitter

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299 is still going to scare off customers. I'm assuming they are going to advertise this as a camera first, and they should.

ccoltmanm said,
299 is still going to scare off customers. I'm assuming they are going to advertise this as a camera first, and they should.
Plenty of phones in that price range.

MrHumpty said,
Plenty of phones in that price range.
Plenty of phones that are popular and most of the population knows about it. Apple and Samsung flagship phones can get away with it.

JHBrown said,
Plenty of phones that are popular and most of the population knows about it. Apple and Samsung flagship phones can get away with it.
True. However, marketing will get the population to know about this particular phone. Proper incentives and education at the store level will get people exposed to it while in store. Outside of that, Nokia is a well known brand. Windows Phone is a OS becoming more well known. The US may be harder to break into. I've already pre-ordered two of these from the MS Store with a free camera grip. The WP ecosystem/app selection is catching up, especially when the average consumer is considered. Having a high end point and shoot always in your pocket has value, that value is reflected in the price.

JHBrown said,
Plenty of phones that are popular and most of the population knows about it. Apple and Samsung flagship phones can get away with it.

I don't think the purpose of the 1020 is to sell like an iPhone or S4. It's to create awareness of the Lumia brand. I think it has a lot of people talking. That doesn't mean they'll all buy one, but with continued development and support from Nokia, it helps Windows Phone as a whole (even if it's not popular with you)

Enron said,

I don't think the purpose of the 1020 is to sell like an iPhone or S4. It's to create awareness of the Lumia brand. I think it has a lot of people talking. That doesn't mean they'll all buy one, but with continued development and support from Nokia, it helps Windows Phone as a whole (even if it's not popular with you)


I can see people buying it, it's not like it is extremely expensive or anything. Besides, many people like doing good, serious photography. I know I do

MeowPurr said,
I can see people buying it, it's not like it is extremely expensive or anything. Besides, many people like doing good, serious photography. I know I do
I don't care about serious photography. I care about carrying one device and knowing with a much higher certainty that the picture I try to take is usable.

MeowPurr said,

I can see people buying it, it's not like it is extremely expensive or anything. Besides, many people like doing good, serious photography. I know I do
I'm not trying to start anything with you MeowPurr, but if you are serious about photography, you would carry around a DSLR. It's what I've done for years. You might ask, "isn't that a pain in the behind?" Nope, I have 2 DSLR. A very expensive one for those very special occasions, and a little $700 Nikon that I keep in my car. This phone is not good enough for serious photography.

JHBrown said,
I'm not trying to start anything with you MeowPurr, but if you are serious about photography, you would carry around a DSLR. It's what I've done for years. You might ask, "isn't that a pain in the behind?" Nope, I have 2 DSLR. A very expensive one for those very special occasions, and a little $700 Nikon that I keep in my car. This phone is not good enough for serious photography.
Even with your argument. If you have a love for good photography, do you not see value in not having to run back to your car if you see something you'd love a picture of, especially if that was a time boxed event that didn't let you get to your car and back? This is no different than e-mail on your phone etc. Do we all need a full computer in our pocket all the time? No. Do we have laptops in our cars, or at our house/office? Sure. Is it nice to not have to hurry back to the car to do all the things we can do on our phone now? Sure. Then why is a solid high end Point and Shoot camera in our pocket tied to that computer a bad or non-compelling thing?

JHBrown said,
I'm not trying to start anything with you MeowPurr, but if you are serious about photography, you would carry around a DSLR. It's what I've done for years. You might ask, "isn't that a pain in the behind?" Nope, I have 2 DSLR. A very expensive one for those very special occasions, and a little $700 Nikon that I keep in my car. This phone is not good enough for serious photography.

Nonsense. When people want to snap a picture, most of the time they are not carrying a dedicated camera. My sisters bought dedicated Samsung cameras, they have probably used them twice. The Lumia 1020 has even better image quality, and nothing can beat the convenience of carrying such a powerful camera built right in your phone. Also, its cheaper as you are only buying one device. There is always going to be naysayers when such groundbreaking, innovative products come to light, but there's no reason why this phone can't do well in the market.

The 1020 is no Canon 5D, but it's certainly a high end point and shoot from what I can tell. Not a bad thing to have in your pocket if you're into photography or just want decent pictures wherever you go.