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Nokia Lumia 1020 Quick Review, Price and Comparison

Update: 04/10/13 Nokia Lumia 1020 has been listed on Nokia Online store in India at Rs. 49,999. Theo  phone is slightly over priced as expected and if it is some consolation, Nokia is providing WH-530 Stereo Headsets worth Rs. 2,999 free with this device.

The flagship phone from Nokia, Nokia Lumia 1020 is now available for pre-order in India and is expected to be available soon in the first week of October. The USP of this phone is its 41 MP camera which is astonishing in its details and pushes the limit of smartphone camera technology. This phone is expected to cost between 40,000 to 45,000 INR.


Camera and Internal Storage

The Camera of this smartphone has a 41 MP sensor and a stack of 6 lenses by Carl Zeiss. To counteract the vibration this wide f/2.2 Aperture camera employs Optical Image stabilization. It also features Xenon flash and loss less 4 x Zoom.

This Camera can capture 5MP Oversampled images (Dual capture feature) in which 7 pixels around each pixel are used to oversample the pixel with additional data to ensure sharper and more natural image with minimum noise. You can read the detailed features of this camera in our Bolg post on the Fascinating Nokia Lumia 1020 camera.

A front camera of 1.2 MP capable of HD recording at 30 fps is also available for video calling. The Storage capacity will be 32 GB which is not expandable. This storage will be sufficient for most people.

Processor and Battery

This phone is powered by 1.5 GHz Dual core Snapdragon S4 processor. At the expected price range, this might seem a little less, especially when Android alternatives like Sony Xperia Z1 are offering Snapdragon 800 for about the same price range. The Ram capacity of 2 GB will ensure smooth and speedy operations.

The battery capacity is 2000 mAh which will give you a talk time of around 19 Hrs on 2G and 13.3 Hours on 3G. Standby time is 16 days which is in line with Nokia’s reputation for long standby times.

Display and Features

This phone comes with a 4.5 Inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display with a resolution of 1280 x 768(WXGA) Pixels, thus giving you a pixel density of 331 ppi. The display is protected by 2.5 D sculpted Gorilla Glass 3 thus making it extremely resistant to abuse. The display type will be Nokia’s clear black which will give you good outdoor visibility by reducing reflected light from your screen. This display will come with super sensitive touch for nail and glove usage.

This phone operates on Windows Phone 8 operating system. If Microsoft decides to code Windows Phone 9 O.s. from the scratch (like it is rumored), that might render this device obsolete in a couple of years. This phone supports Wireless charging through external case.

Looks and Connectivity

This phone packs a whooping 41 MP sensor and yet the budge at the back is gradual and not that highlighted as in Nokia 808 PureView. The phone is somehow lighter (158 g) and slimmer than Nokia Lumia 920. It will be available in Yellow, White and Black colors. The looks are a result of integrated and close partnership between Microsoft and Nokia at various levels. The connectivity features include 3G, EDGE, GPRS, WiFi, DLNA,etc


Being a Windows phone with a unique camera this phone stands alone in its category. It will face stiff competition from Sony Xperia Z1 which comes with a 20.7 MP camera and Snapdragon 800 processor. This Android competition will be a more appealing option for many smartphone Enthusiasts. It will also receive competition from other high end devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2.

Key Specifications

Model Nokia Lumia 1020
Processor 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Dual core
Display 4.5 Inch, 1280 x 768
RAM/ ROM 2 GB/ 32 GB
O.S. Windows Phone 8
Camera 41 MP/ 1.2 MP
Battery 2000 mAh
Price To be announced


If you love the camera in your phone way too much and it is one of the most important smartphone need to you, then this phone is a clear choice to you, where you can take amazing pictures with amazing details under various lighting conditions. Android phones available at this price range will sport better hardware specifications. The Windows platform is still far behind Android and iOS and Nokia might again take the fall for those shortcomings on software level. You can pre-order Nokia Lumia 1020 on Snapdeal for Rs. 2000


Deepak Singh

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