Release Date Official for AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 1020

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AT&T customers will be the first to get their hands on the Nokia Lumia 1020, which has a camera that’s being hailed as one of the best if not the best in the industry.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will debut in the U.S. first as an AT&T exclusive.The Lumia 1020’s rear-facing camera comes with a 41MP sensor and “reinvents zoom,” the Finland-based manufacturer says, enabling you to discover more detail than the eye can see. With the company’s PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is designed to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera. Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image and creates a 5MP picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

“We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives,” said Stephen Elop, president and CEO, Nokia. “The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging.”

The Lumia 1020 will be Nokia’s most expensive smartphone to date, landing at AT&T on July 26 for $300 on contract. Its debut will follow in China and Europe later this quarter.

Other specs: a 4.5-inch screen; 1.5 GHz, dual-core processor; 2 GB of RAM; and 32 GB of internal memory. It runs on Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform.

The phone might have a lot of bells and whistles, but will it sell?

“The combination sets a new benchmark for high-end smartphone engineering and a timely reminder of Nokias R&D capabilities but the company must still overcome incumbent rivals, slow adoption of Windows Phone and a modest marketing budget if it is to finally help the company turn a financial corner after its recent time in the doldrums,”  said Tony Cripps, principal device analyst at Ovum.

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