Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41-megapixel Camera

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The most-talked about smartphone over the last week has been the Nokia Lumia 1020. The Window Phone 8-powered smartphone is different from other high-end smartphones for one reason, and one reason alone: it has a 41-megapixel camera on its back. But don’t panic, that 41-megapixel sensor is a little deceiving.

Essentially what is happening with the Lumia 1020’s camera is it’s taking two images: one a 38-megapixels and one at 5-megapixels. Using the high-resolution image, it “oversamples” the pixels and combines it into one incredibly detailed 5-megapixel one. Users won’t be able to notice the difference when pics are saved for Facebook and Instagram, but when they zoom in on each original image, they’ll see details that normally would be blurry, will be crisp. The same thing works for HD 1080p video capture.

The addition of a Xenon flash and new optical image stabilization also greatly helps improve shaky picture taking. Not only that, but Nokia’s added new “Pro Camera” software that enables more advanced photographers to do things such as take long exposure shots and use manual focus (via touchscreen).

What’s disappointing is the Lumia 1020 doesn’t sport faster internal specs. It’s got more or less the same specs as the Lumia 920, Lumia 925 and Lumia 928: 4.5-inch (1280 x 768 resolution) touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 2000mAh battery.

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Like we said, the Lumia 1020 is all about its camera. To drive that point home, Nokia’s also selling a “Camera Grip” (above) attachment that clips onto the Lumia 1020 and adds an additional 1000mAh battery, tripod screw and a physical shutter button. The accessory will cost $79.

In the U.S., Nokia’s partnered with AT&T to release the Lumia 1020 on July 26. Pre-orders begin on July 16.

Price: $299.99 (with two-year contract)
Source: AT&T