While launching Lumia 1020 smartphone in India on 26th September, Nokia India informed the gathered media that this device will start retailing from 11th October and the price will be revealed on 10th October. For reasons best known to Nokia, they have started accepting pre-order at the hefty price of Rs. 49,999 and the delivery has been pushed to third week of October. Nokia is throwing WH-530 stereo headphone worth Rs 2999 absolutely free to make the offer somewhat look good.
Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera. With Nokia Pro Camera application, it is easy for anyone to take professional quality images, and edit and share photos and videos with unrivaled clarity. Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions.
In our blog of 27th October, we had raised the question whether the customers would be interested to spend the money in the range of Rs. 45,000 to 50,000, on Lumia 1020, the USP of which is just its 41MP camera. We had stated in our blog that the price of Nokia Lumia 1020 is expected to be in the range of Rs. 48,000 and at this price-point, we are afraid one might not rush to retail store to get this device just for its 41MP camera. If your sole moto is to do photography on this device then you may go for it, but if it is priced near 50K then even professionals might rethink before possessing it. It all depends upon its final price and in our opinion if this device has to make a mark in this highly competitive and price-sensitive market then it should be priced around Rs. 38K.
We were under the wrong impression that in this hour of crisis, Nokia might keep the pricing very attractive so that atleast Nokia followers could lay their hands on Lumia 1020. We are of the opinion at the price of Rs. 50K, it would be difficult even for hard-core Nokia fans to consider this smartphone.
Key Specifications of Lumia 1020:
Windows 8 OS
Here Location and Mapping Service: Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+, free HERE transit available in the store
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB internal user memory, 7GB Skydrive cloud storage
Display: 4.5 inch AMOLED WXGA (1280 × 768) 2.5D sculpted glass Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for nail and glove usage
Processor: 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon
Camera: PureView 41 MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Backside-illuminated image sensor, 6 lens optics, High resolution zoom 3x, Autofocus, Xenon Flash, LED for video, 1080p video at 30 fps, Includes Nokia Pro Camera mode and Nokia Smart Camera Mode.
Secondary Camera: HD 1.2 Megapixel wide angle
Size: 130.4 × 71.4 × 10.4 mm
Weight: 158 grams
Connectivity: USB 2.0, BT 3.0, NFC with SIM based security
Battery: 2000 mAh battery, Wireless Charging supported via accessory cover
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