Nokia Lumia 1020 Specs vs.The Competition: How It Compares

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Nokia’s latest addition to the Lumia family boasts the biggest camera sensor of any smartphone on the market. Its 41-megapixel backside illuminated sensor could be a game-changer for smartphone cameras, but is that enough to outpace today’s leading flagships?

At a $299 price tag, the Lumia 1020 is significantly pricier than other flagship phones, and when looking at what Nokia has packed inside its 1020, it’s clear that you're paying a premium just for the camera. The Lumia 1020’s 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor is comparable with the chip found inside the $99 Nokia Lumia 928.  

Devices such as the HTC One and Galaxy S4 come with speedier CPUs and higher resolution displays for about $100 less. Although the 5.5-ounce 1020 is on the light side for Lumia standards, it’s still heavier than the 4-ounce iPhone 5, 4.6-ounce Galaxy S4 and 4.9-ounce BlackBerry Z10.

The Lumia 1020 may not be the sleekest and fastest device on the market, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a better camera on any smartphone. A noteworthy step up from the Symbian-based Nokia PureView 808, the Lumia 1020 combines the same 41-megapixel sensor with a powerful Xenon flash, a brand new Nokia Pro Camera app, and a 6x optical zoom with the full Windows Phone 8 experience. 

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Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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  • Pete Says:

    Two failures by Nokia...

    Making this phone exclusive to AT&T is the dumbest move they could make because others will catch up and they will have squandered the opportunity to win some market share. I would already own this phone if it were unlocked or available on other carriers.

    Second, not having an Email address for customers to express their concerns is inexcusable in this day and age. Basically, they not only upset people with the exclusive deal, they made it futile to try to express the concerns the company. A company that loses touch with its customers won't be around very long.

  • Mathule Ntsieni Says:

    Despise all what you just detailed
    I still think Galaxy S4 is THE BEST
    That New Lumia it has ugly design
    and Windows it's not better than Android
    nice try Nokia but Galaxy still the best!

  • Amit Choudhary Says:

    In fact I guess that the editors of this site get paid for writing in favour of Androids & Apple. So they do much favour for them. Make it clear- In terms of speed of WPs I'll say- please Dear Editor, go and check about WP OS details or use it by your own. You'll find that it really don't need much of multi-core processing power. It has even beaten many of your beloved quad-core Android smartphones in several speed tests. And also lets talk about weight of phone- Just tell me can't you walk carrying some extra ounce. If you say no, then from your point of view Samsung has done a big mistake by making Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom "CAMERA" smartphone which weighs way more than any other smartphone out there.

  • Lisa Eadicicco, Staff Writer Says:

    Hi Ericmeister,

    The purpose behind this post was to detail the Lumia 1020's hardware specifications so that the readers know what they're getting besides an awesome camera. In most cases, buyers would be using the Lumia 1020 as their primary phone when their not using it for photography, so we wanted to show how it stacks up against today's most popular smartphones. You can find more details about the Lumia 1020's specific camera features in our additional coverage, which is linked below:

  • Ericmeister Says:

    I don't think you were clear enough here.

    Lumia 1020 camera is so amazing it practically makes other smartphone cameras totally useless. The incredible 41 Mp sensor is only one feature, it has also optical image stabilizer and low light enhancements features. In addition to this, you forgot to mention the capability of record high quality stereo audio with deep bass capturing, so no sound distortion any longer even at night clubs. No other vendor is even near this camera. As Verge said on earlier version of the camera (Nokia 808) "this phone’s image quality is so far ahead of the competition that it really has no competition."

    Why do you compare the CPU speed of HTC One and Galaxy S4 to Lumia 1020? WP8 is better optimized than Android, no need for similar CPU speeds there. Instead, compare benchmark tests, not hardware on devices with different operating systems

    Why do you compare the weight of iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, and BlackBerry Z10 to Lumia 1020? As we all know, the difference is so small, you don't even recognize it. You can keep on comparing two feathers and still could lift them both even though other one would be "heavier" Btw, what kind of awesome hardware features iPhone 5 has? That's right - none.

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