Nokia needs a game-changer and it needs one fast. Despite churning out great devices, the company has struggled to gain market share and compete with smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5. Nokia is now ready to throw its latest punch at the mobile market. The company has long been rumored to be developing a Windows Phone with a high-end 41-megapixel PureView camera unlike anything we have seen before on a Lumia handset, and some rumors suggest it will be supported by a xenon flash and optical image stabilization. But will it be enough? Can an ultra-high-end camera really help rescue Nokia from its current slide in the smartphone market? Nokia’s Lumia 1020 press conference is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. EDT, 8:00 a.m. PDT, and BGR’s live coverage follows below.
And that’s a wrap! Our hands-on of the Lumia 1020 will be up shortly
“The launch of the 1020 will be far better than anything we have done with AT&T”
Elop still believes consumers want a “third operating system”
Bummer, the 1020 doesn’t natively support wireless charging
Elop: The screen technology, which can be controlled while wearing gloves and be seen in sunlight. He also said the wireless charging covers make the 1020 competitive
“What features do you have besides the camera to compete with the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4” Good question!
Q&A time with Nokia executives
Nokia will bring the handset to Asia and Europe this quarter
The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in white, black and yellow. The camera grip accessory will be available for $79
Preorders will begin online on July 16th
Ouch, the Lumia 1020 will be available on AT&T on July 26th for $299.99
“AT&T sells more Windows Phone than any other carrier”
AT&T will be the exclusive carrier of the Lumia 1020 in the U.S.
“I have never seen resolution as good as this. It changes the way you zoom and take pictures”
“We look forward to selling a bunch of these”
AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph De La Vega has joined Mr. Elop on stage
To ensure you don’t drop the Lumia 1020, Nokia will offer a camera grip that can be attached to the backside of the phone
The Lumia 1020 includes Hipstamatic, it isn’t Instagram but it allows you to upload photos to Instagram and other social networking sites
The Lumia 1020 is running Windows Phone 8, imagine if this thing had Android on it?
The Lumia 1020 also excels at recording audio
Lights have dimmed to show off the 1020’s long exposure setting
The camera app includes real time feedback when changing settings such as exposure and white balence
“It will help make your photos come to life”
The Lumia 1020 features the “Nokia Pro Camera” app
38 million pixels processed at once, 5 times more than leading smartphones
The Lumia 1020 captures 2 images. One at full resolution and an oversampled one (at 5-megapixels)
“You can zoom out, zoom in, and create a new story with the same image”
“Shoot first without any worry”
They are performing a live demo
The 1020 includes a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens
The same can’t be said for the S4 and iPhone
The flash is “super fast” and can capture people even when they are jumping or moving
Mr. Elop is comparing the Xenon Flash on Lumia 1020 to the flash on the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5
Sample pictures look beautiful!
1020’s camera includes second-generation Optical Image Stabilization for clearer and brighter pictures.
“Zooming in while recording won’t reduce the resolution”
Lumia 1020 automatically saves a 5MP oversampled image to give you an ultra sharp picture for social networks
“Largest sensor in any consumer product”
Nokia’s senior marketing manager and head of image tech have taken the stage to help Mr. Elop talk about the Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel PureView camera
“The Nokia Lumia 1020 will change how you shoot, create and share picture forever”
“The Nokia Lumia 1020”
“Today I would like to introduce the next chapter in smartphone photography”
“We’ve introduced new things in the past year like optical image stabilization”
They introduced the first camera phone, first xenon flash, and kept pushing the limits of mobile sensors
Mr. Elop is talking about Nokia’s innovation with mobile photography.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has taken the stage
A video about the history of photography is playing on screen
3, 2, 1…
And here we go. A countdown from 41, 40, 39…
Nokia announced that “the press conference will start in 4.1 minutes”
Interestingly enough, I am seated between a Windows Phone user and a BlackBerry user
Event should begin in 10 mins
This event will be all about cameras (obviously). Nokia is bragging about the photos people have taken with their Lumias.
And here we are folks, in our seats and ready to go.