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uess the number 41 was the most popular number out there on the streets on that day. All thanks to the whopping 41-megapixel flagship Lumia 1020 announced by Nokia in their press event held in New York, that kept audiences awed and intrigued.

So, allow me to cut to the chase, for all you smartphone fanatics. The Lumia 1020 is powered by a powerful 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. The phone, with no surprise, runs on Windows Phone 8 OS. It packs a 4.5 inch AMOLED display with PureMotion HD+ for lag-free animations.The display’s covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and has super sensitive touch; it can detect touch even by fingernails and gloved hands. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is the latest iteration in the Gorilla Glass series and has been designed to be further resilient to scratches and drops and physical shocks. The smartphone is 10.4 mm thick, nearly the same as that of its other Lumia siblings, but it’s a bit more than solid at 158g.

Lumia 1020 Camera

Alright, the camera that’s kept everyone’s tongues wagging. Nokia Pro Camera takes over as the default camera app on the Lumia 1020. This puts all the camera power in your hands, providing swipe-able dials and access to settings once preserved just for the experts. You can see exactly what changing settings like exposure level, white balance, shutter speed and film ISO do to a shot before you take it. Great for people who already know what they’re doing and those keen to learn more, it encourages experimentation and learning with every picture, thanks to built-in tutorials The camera shoots two pictures every time you hit the shutter — a 34- or 38-megapixel full-res image, and a 5-megapixel picture, of the same, designed for sharing. This is done through oversampling where 7 pixels are effectively used to create one pixel to make a stunning 5-megapixel picture. As you crop or retouch photos, new 5-megapixel pictures are saved to your camera roll. The only way to get full-res photos from the 1020 is to connect the handset to your PC. And with the 5-megapixel picture, it’s very easy to share on Facebook and other social networks or on your Windows Phone 8 Skydrive. Thanks to Pureview Technology and large optics and sensor, and even ball bearings inside it, Optical Image Stabilization on the 1020 is just astonishing, making better low light photography and video recording. The next-gen Xenon flash has the power to illuminate shots for the 1/16,000 of a second it takes to capture a shot with the Lumia 1020 at the minimum shutter speed, allowing users to capture those special once-in-a-lifetime-moments or fast-paced action shots in the dark. As for video recording, the 1020 records 1080p Full HD video at 30 frames per second. And there’s Nokia Rich Recording as well for distortion-free stereo audio sound. There’s a front facing 1.2 megapixel camera for video calling and 720p HD recording as well.

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Lumia 1020 Software

The smartphone comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of non-upgradable onboard storage. Thanks to Microsoft, users get 7GB of free storage on Skydrive for sharing your files, images, videos and so on. It does come with Microsoft Office as well. With Nokia Music, you can stream music for free, wherever you go. Choose from over 22 million songs to stream to your Lumia smartphone. You can create your own artist inspired mix, stream it offline and discover live music with Nokia Music Gig Finder. The 1020 carries on the Lumia legacy with the characteristic unibody design molded from high-quality polycarbonate. It also sports similar smoothly rounded edges and a slightly curved back, making it comfortable to hold. The Lumia 1020 comes in 3 colors- matte white, black and yellow, but we’ll probably see more like the famous cyan model. It has, on the side, a dedicated camera button, a lock button and a volume rocker as well, supplemented by the touch sensitive Back, Start and Search buttons in the front. The smartphone packs a 2000 mAh non-removable battery and supports the ultra-fast LTE networks as well. It requires a snap-on rear shell with an NFC chip in case of payments to be made via the phone or you need to share something. Did I mention that it comes with full global navigation and offline maps as well, courtesy HERE Maps?

Lumia 1020 Grip

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will ship first to the USA on AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26th at $299.99 with a contract. It will arrive in China and Western Europe this quarter. Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica in selected European and Latin American markets. Other markets will be announced shortly. Nokia has also made a snap-on camera grip to give it a camera feel with an added shutter button, tripod mount and extended battery, all for $60 or for free when you order yours from Microsoft in the US. With such an amazing camera, it’s an attraction for shutterbugs who are looking for a 2-in-1 device; camera and smartphone as well. It’ll definitely put up a tough fight with its competitors like the 16-megapixel Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

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