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Sensor is an estimated 5x the size of the iPhone 5's, 1020 has adjustable aperture, manual shutter, xenon flash

Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V)) upcoming "PureView" Windows Phone -- reportedly to be branded the "Lumia 1020" -- has been the subject of several image leaks in recent months.  Now EVLeaks has offered up what may be the first images of the front face of the phone.

The fresh photos at first blush appear to show a standard Windows Phone 8 interface, but on closer inspection they appear to be running Nokia's "Amber" Windows Phone skin, which adds the Nokia Camera Pro (pictured) and FM Radio app (which wakes the dormant radio on various Nokia devices).  It also will reportedly allow users to double tap to wake their device.

The other significant feature in the front-face shot is the AT&T, Inc. (T) logo, which hints that this Windows Phone-friendly carrier may be the first landing spot of this super shooter.
Lumia 1020Nokia Lumia 1020
The Nokia "PureView" Lumia 1020 (click to enlarge) [Image Source: EVLeaks]

Here's a quick recap of the phone's specs:
  • 1/1.2", 41 megapixel image sensor (about 5x the surface area of the sensor in Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 5 (1/3.2") or 4x the HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) One (1/3") 

    Nokia PureView sensor Lumia 1020
    [Image Source: DP Review (left), ViziLeaks (right)]
  • Carl Zeiss optics with adjustable aperture (new) and floating lens tech for low-light
  • Mechanical shutter
  • Xenon flash
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon from Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) (possibly quad-core in some variants)
  • 4.5-inch, 768x1280 pixel OLED display, with ClearBlack and PureMotion HD+ overlays
  • 1 GB DRAM
  • 32 GB internal NAND flash storage
The phone is rumored to be unveiled July 11, which puts it head-to-head with Huawei Technologies Comp. (SHE:002502) Ascend P6, which launches a week later in London on June 18.  Until then, enjoy the fresh pic!

Source: EVLeaks on Twitter

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RE: .
By Mint on 7/4/2013 2:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
I think HTC's "ultrapixels" are overrated. There's little proof that pixel binning on a 8 or 13 MP sensor is any worse in collecting light.

When you have good light, HTC's approach indisputably gives you worse detail. Smartphones don't have room for optical zoom, so resolution is important when you want to crop.

The aperture will give you a little extra creative control, but the combination of resolution and sensor size is still the primary strength of this camera.

RE: .
By SPOOFE on 7/4/2013 5:29:42 PM , Rating: 2
Smartphones don't have room for optical zoom, so resolution is important when you want to crop.

Meh, cropping runs you up against diffraction anyway. Blurry due to low pixel count isn't that different than blurry due to tiny optics at the limit of physics.

RE: .
By Mint on 7/4/2013 8:03:23 PM , Rating: 2
The diffraction limit for f/2.0 lenses isn't bad enough to require 2 micron pixels. The spot size should be lambda/0.49, or 1.1 microns for green light. In a 13MP sensor, the green sites are 1.6 microns apart, while blue and red are 2.2 microns apart.

Photos bear this out. The HTC One captures notably less detail than the 8MP and 13MP shooters in good light.

RE: .
By SPOOFE on 7/5/2013 3:27:12 AM , Rating: 1
Oh, I don't know anything special about either camera's phone, I just try to discourage significant cropping in general, on any camera, with any lens.

Dunno whatsis all about microns and lambda complexes and such.

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