Yesterday"s launch of Nokia"s new flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 1020, generated quite a bit of buzz across the tech world, with the main focus of attention being, of course, its 41-megapixel camera. Capable of taking snaps at a full resolution of up to 38MP, the camera also simultaneously outputs a 5MP image of the same shot; using a process known as "over-sampling", it condenses seven pixels into a single "super-pixel", creating incredibly detailed images with manageable file sizes.
That"s got plenty of people pretty excited, and many are already wondering when they"ll be able to purchase one. So far, Nokia has only revealed details of availability in the United States, where the handset will be sold exclusively on AT&T. It"ll come with a premium price tag though - where most higher-end handsets sell for around $199 up-front on a two-year contract, the Lumia 1020 will cost 50% more, at $299.99.
Nokia has said that the handset will launch "this quarter" in China and "selected European markets". For those of you in the United Kingdom keen to get your greasy paws on the new device, we"ve got a round-up of who"ll be offering it.
The Three network has confirmed that it will launch the Lumia 1020 later this year, highlighting the "unbeatable photos" that the device can take as the top selling point. Prospective buyers on Three will no doubt be pleased to note that the 1020 is compatible with its upcoming "Ultrafast" 4G network, and the company has promised that 4G speeds will be offered at the same price as its existing 3G tariffs.
Three has launched a "coming soon" page on its website for the Lumia 1020, where buyers can sign up for a notification email which will let them know when the device will be available.
As is Three"s custom when launching new devices, the company has also posted an overview video of the handset:
As part of the Telefónica empire, O2 will be exclusively offering a 64GB version of the Lumia 1020, whereas buyers on other networks will have to make do with the standard 32GB storage. O2 didn"t reveal whether it will also be selling the 32GB model, but in a statement to Neowin, a spokesperson did confirm that the device will be available in the UK, and that it will launch in a couple of months:
We will unveil the specific details of the variant Lumia 1020 available in exclusive for Telefónica’s customers at the official commercial launch - which we expect to happen before the end of September."
EE is the UK"s only 4G network at the moment, and with the Lumia 1020 offering full 4G LTE support, these two seem like a match made in heaven. At the moment, EE isn"t yet saying if it will offer the device on its 4G network - or on either of its two 3G network brands, T-Mobile and Orange.
It"s worth noting, however, that the Lumia 1020 does include LTE support for the 1800MHz band on which EE currently operates its 4G service, as well as for the newer 800MHz and 2600Mhz bands on which 4G services will be rolled out by it and other UK operators later this year.
Vodafone hasn"t yet got back to us regarding its plans for the Lumia 1020 in the UK, but sales staff from the company have indicated that the device is on the way, hinting that it may be one of the flagship launch devices for its new 4G network later this year.
Sadly, the Lumia 1020 won"t be joining the network any time soon. In a statement to Neowin, a company spokesperson said:
There are no current plans to range the Nokia Lumia 1020 at launch. We"re always looking to bring new devices to our handset range to provide our customers with even more choice."
One of the UK"s top two independent handset retailers. Phones 4U has already committed to offering the Nokia Lumia 1020, and has set up a "coming soon" page, inviting customers to register for notifications about the device.
The company hasn"t yet revealed pricing information, but sales staff have pointed to a September launch date.
Independent phone retail giant Carphone Warehouse has also confirmed their plans to offer the Lumia 1020, and has created a "coming soon" page, which includes the option to register for notifications. The page also confirms the anticipated launch of the device in the UK in September.
Clove is something of a favourite among UK smartphone buyers purchasing handsets off-contract, as it"s regularly among the first retailers to offer the latest SIM-free devices. They don"t yet have any details to share on their plans for the Lumia 1020, but they"ve promised to let us know if that changes.
Given their strong track record with Nokia handsets - they currently offer a full range of Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets - we"re hopeful that the 1020 will join their range.
This article was updated after publishing to include details of availability at Carphone Warehouse and Clove, and on the Virgin Media network.