Nokia’s Lumia 1020: A super camera with Windows Phone as an afterthought

Nokia has so much potential it just hurts…..

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As expected, Nokia(s nok) unveiled its Lumia 1020 smartphone on Thursday morning at a New York City press event. The Lumia 1020 launches exclusively on AT&T(s t) on July 26 for $299 with a two-year contract. The phone runs Windows Phone 8 but if you didn’t already know that, you wouldn’t have learned it until late in the event. The unveiling was 35 minutes long and Microsoft’s(s msft) operating system wasn’t even mentioned or shown until the 28th minute.

Clearly, the Lumia 1020 and its impressive camera were the star of this show. So much so that it sounded like Nokia was offering just a camera, not even a phone. And the camera is indeed impressive. It uses a 41 megapixel backside illuminated sensor and Xenon flash. You can zoom in many times over on stills or even when taking video without losing any image quality.

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I had some hands-on…

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