I’m not exactly sure why someone would need a smartphone equipped with a 41-megapixel camera sensor, but Nokia has come to the plate and delivered with the just-announced Lumia 1020. Following months of speculation, Nokia on Thursday took the wraps off the device at a press conference in New York City.
The handset features a 4.5-inch AMOLED display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 32 GB internal storage, 2 GB RAM and runs Windows Phone 8 software. Of course, there is also the ridiculous 41-megapixel PureView camera on the rear, making this smartphone more like a glorified point-and-shoot camera.
While it has been proven that megapixels don’t always matter, the Lumia 1020 does include several camera technologies and features that will allow for great captures: Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, Xenon flash for photos, LED flash for video, Nokia Rich Recording, 1080p HD video recording and more.
Nokia is launching the Lumia 1020 exclusively on AT&T in the United States on July 26th for $299.99 with a new two-year service agreement. That positions the smartphone as $100 more expensive than the iPhone 5 on contract, and $200 more than its popular Lumia 920 sibling.