The Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event just ended a few minutes ago with the company announcing that the handset will start shipping in the US on July 26th exclusively on AT&T for 299.9 with a 2/y contract. People from around the world will unfortunately have to wait a few weeks before getting their sweaty hands on this beast though. The Lumia 1020 will be launched in select Asian and Western Europe market in Q3 2013 for an undisclosed price. A camera grip featuring a 2 stage shutter button, universal tripod mount and built-in 1020mha battery will launch alongside it for $79. You can check out the full Lumia 1020 specs here.
There was some confusion a few days ago surrounding the actual retail name of the handset pointing at another possible choice being “Nokia Lumia 909″ as a node to the original 808. Well it appears that this is actually the real internal name of the device as seen in this shot below taken at the NYC event.
Nokia has also posted a very detailed white paper explaining the inner workings of the new 41MP PuverView sensor and 2nd generation Optical Image Stabilization technology found in the 1020 which you can download directly from here. This paper also details the new Nokia Pro Cam application which allows full manual control of over the camera settings. I really hope that Pro Cam will be made available to all Lumia 92X handsets and not be exclusive to the 1020 because manual controls is really something needed especially on Nokia’s recent OIS devices who tend to over expose a lot.
Here’s a short hands on video of Nokia Pro Cam on the Lumia 1020 courtesy of AnandTech:
Finally here are several sample shots (click to view in full resolution):
Check out the full gallery here.