Nokia Lumia 1020 officially launched in Malaysia – Available from September 25 for RM 2,499
Nokia has officially takes the curtains off their new flagship camera phone, the Lumia 1020, in a media event earlier this morning.
The biggest highlight of the smartphone is of course its 41-megapixels rear camera, a fact evident throughout the event, from the staffs wearing t-shirts with nothing but a bold “41 MP” wording emblazoned across the front of their shirts to cute little cupcakes bearing the initial “41” given out to the attendees.
Indeed the 41MP camera doesn’t disappoint.
A brief demo of the Lumia 1020’s camera in action showed not only the impressive images taken by the device, but also showcases the awesome camera feature, Nokia Pro Cam, which enables users to adjust numerous camera settings such as the ISO, shutter speed, filters and others in real time, all in a very intuitive and easily accessible control. Furthermore, there is the equally outstanding zoom capability, where images still look great and crystal clear even when zoomed in. No one in the room (well, except the staffs of course) would’ve known that some of the images shown during the event are actually zoomed-in pictures until they were told so. Gasps were heard when such images are shown to be actually a zoomed-in part of a much bigger picture. One particular highlight being a zoomed-in picture of a cute little girl in which her individual strands of hair can be seen in perfect clarity. It is that good.
Another highlight saw the Editor and CEO of MYC (a campus magazine), Jason Ko, presenting his experience of using a Lumia 1020 for a few days (take note that he was not paid by Nokia to say a few positive things about the device) and the verdict? He was very impressed with the smartphone’s photo-taking ability as well as the device as a whole for his work, play and family needs, with the only negative expressed being that users coming in from other OS background such as iOS and Android will have to face a steep learning curve to get used to the Windows Phone 8 platform powering the device. For his part, Jason became the first official owner of the Lumia 1020 in Malaysia in a surprise announcement shortly after. Lucky guy. (Do look out for the next edition of MYC in which Jason promised to use the Lumia 1020 as his main camera for the magazine)
So for all these camera awesomeness, don’t expect it to come cheap as it will cost you a hefty RM 2,499. Before you groan in agony though, for the price you pay you will also get a companion camera grip accessory, which is tripod-friendly and includes a secondary battery to prolong your Lumia’s life worth RM299, for free! This deal is only exclusive for Malaysia, so it’s not all bad.
You will be able to get your hands on the Nokia Lumia 1020 starting from September 25, which is next Wednesday.