The Nokia Lumia 1020 includes a barometer


The Nokia Lumia 1020 has one little feature that has surprisingly not been made public today: a barometer sensor. It is not listed in the hardware specifications list on the products official homepage but can be found on Nokia’s more details specs sheet locate on the company’s developers website (just noticed this a few minutes ago). Having a built-in barometer isn’t really anything ground breaking given that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus had one nearly 2 years ago and Samsung’s latest S4 has not only a barometer but also a thermostat, humidistat.

In the case of Android handsets the barometer is mainly used to speed up GPS lock which isn’t really something that exciting to the end user but it would be interesting to know if this is what it is used for in the Lumia 1020 or if there are other hidden features that Nokia has yet to show off. BTW, I’m still trying to figure out how Nokia is getting the Qualcomm Sanpdragon S4 (MSM8960) to support the 41MP Sensor..if anybody has a clue please let me know.


source: Nokia


  • Shabbir Ahmad

    Just read this on AnandTech:

    “One of my big questions when I heard that 41 MP PureView tech was coming to Windows Phone was what the silicon implementation would look like, since essentially no smartphone SoCs out of box support a 41 MP sensor, certainly none of the ones Windows Phone 8 GDR2 currently supports. With the PureView 808, Nokia used a big dedicated ISP made by Broadcom to do processing. On the Lumia 1020, I was surprised to learn there is no similar dedicated ISP (although my understanding is that it was Nokia’s prerogative to include one), instead Nokia uses MSM8960 silicon for ISP. Obviously the MSM8960 is only specced for up to 20 MP camera support, Nokia’s secret sauce is making this silicon support 41 MP and the PureView features (oversampling, subsampling, lossless on the fly zoom) through collaboration with Qualcomm and rewriting the entire imaging stack themselves”.

  • Vince Klein

    Well, it´s hard to fathom why Nokia would release this device in Q3 still with an S4.
    The S800 and GDR3 should be available by then delivering so much more juice.
    I surely trust Nokias capabilities to squeeze everything out of the S4 but this SOC is already beginning to show it´s age in current handsets.