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Nokia aims to revive fortunes with a 41 megapixel Windows Phone smartphone

July 15, 2013  | Subscribers Only


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Nokia has unveiled its latest flagship Windows Phone smartphone, the Lumia 1020 which features a 41 megapixel camera sensor. The device will initially be available exclusively with AT&T in the US from the end of July.

The handset's camera sensor is by far the largest available on the market. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom features a 16MP camera, but also comes with 10x optical zoom. The standard Galaxy S4 has a 13MP camera. Apple's iPhone 5 has an 8MP rear-facing camera.

The Lumia 1020 is the first Windows Phone-powered smartphone to feature the full Pureview experience seen on the 2012's Pureview 808.  This Symbian OS-based smartphone offered a similar camera experience but Nokia chose not to market that model heavily due to Nokia's shift from Symbian to Windows Phone. Instead, Nokia co-opted the Pureview brand into Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone range to market its different but still high quality camera hardware that delivered an 8 megapixel sensor and optical stabilisation.

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