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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: not for me
By BRB29 on 7/5/2013 8:19:29 AM , Rating: 1
First of all, Nokia's sensor is 1/1.2", which is very large. Cheap P&S cameras have 1/2.3" or 1/2.5" sensors with ~1/4 the area. Even with 2x digital zoom you'll get as good or better quality with Nokia's phone.

And it is limited by its lens size. Going compact will cost more money and some IQ.

Secondly, there are a whole bunch of reviews out there that show the Nokia 808 having much better quality than point and shoot cameras, so you're dead wrong in your first sentence.

Yes it is. But which one are you comparing to? There's a lot more junk P&S than there are real compacts like an RX100. If you paid attention, the industry as a whole likes to pump out cheap P&S more than quality ones. Only a few key players actually put out good P&S. So saying it is better than a cheap camera is not saying much.

(note: it's still hard to overcome the limitations of physics so size reduction only gets so far)

You can only pick 2 at most. This phone will probably be expensive and the rest of its hardware doesn't look that impressive.

When Nokia is confident enough to allow RAW, then that's when people can take phone cameras seriously. But this camera is an excellent replacement to carrying around a P&S. At the same time, a person that doesn't take a lot of pictures will find this unappealing because of its extra bulk and price.

41MP is overkill and mostly for marketing. Even full frames and DSLR don't get that high for a reason. I wouldn't want 41MP anyways even in full frame because of the huge amount of data needed and we're limited by the speed of memory cards. All that extra unnecessary data will kill battery life in processing on a smartphone application too. This phone, like all other smartphone cameras, will have heavy post processing for NR.

RE: not for me
By Mint on 7/9/2013 1:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
And it is limited by its lens size.
No it's not. It's f/2.4. Name any P&S thinner than an inch with a bigger aperture than that, and then note that they aren't smartphones so you need to carry it alonside your smartphone.
There's a lot more junk P&S than there are real compacts like an RX100. If you paid attention, the industry as a whole likes to pump out cheap P&S more than quality ones.
Well yeah, because not everyone wants to pay $650 for a camera, nor do they have room for another 1.4" thick device to put in their pocket.

41MP is overkill and mostly for marketing.
No it's not. Phones don't have room for optical zoom (Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom is thick), so with 41 MPix you can do 2-3x digital zoom and still get a decent picture. It's a very useful feature.

You should also note that a 16MP sensor only has 4MP of red and blue sensor sites (look up what a Bayer filter is). Whether you use in camera processing or RAW, software has to make an educated guess about the color of each pixel based on info from neighboring pixels.

A 41MP sensor means you can get a 10MP image with true color data for each pixel. Speaking of which, the image processor can downsample to whatever size you want if memory size or write speed is a problem.

In summary, stop being so myopic.

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