Despite tempermental sales and Windows Phone just not really managing to make a significant impact, Nokia have always been a little different from your average smartphone manufacturer. For one, they makes most of their money from selling cheap feature phones in the developing world, the smartphone market just being something of an aside. Having said that, Nokia have always had a very distinctive style when it comes to designing phones that can be quite refreshing. After all, what other company are currently offering their flagship device in day-glo yellow?
They also tend towards concentrating on features that other manufacturers don’t spend as much time on, especailly the camera. The Lumia 920 has an 8mp camera that can outperform its generation of smartphone competitors from a standing start, and Nokia are looking to carry that one on with the 1020. As the title says, this thing has a 41mp camera. Yes that’s right, 41 megapixels. Is that number necessary or even with purpose? Probably not, but you have to admit, it’s pretty cool that they even managed to fit that size of sensor into the damned thing.
Internally, it runs Windows Phone 8 a 1.5Ghz dual core snapdragon – although no word on which chipset specifically – 2Gb of RAM and 32Gb of internal storage memory. So not a slouch, but in the age when the Galaxy S4 is easily more powerful than most low to mid tier laptops (and about as expensive), nothing much compares. Again though, Nokia have never tried to compete purely on spec alone. That and Windows Phone is a pretty robust OS that doesn’t actually need as much processing power to operate smoothly and cleanly, unlike the somewhat bloated version of Android that are usually installed on the world’s current most powerful handsets.
Just officially announced yesterday (although rumoured and leaked for ages), the 1020 has had some handling by various tech outlets and the overall opinion is pretty positive. The 41mp camera pod is necessarily larger than any other phone camera you’ve seen and has a permenant bump on the back to contain all that sensor, but apparently the phone is also surprisingly light and good to hold. Performance is slick as you’d expect from a Window’s Phone, and the options for the camera are massive. With full setting customisation including a real time preview of what your picture will look like as you change the options, mobile snappers will be able to take some pretty pictures indeed.
No word on a release date yet, but it’s good to know that Nokia can still make a nice looking, slightly different from your average, smartphone.
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