Nokia established a new benchmark in smartphone imaging on Thursday (July 11) with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor. With Nokia's PureView technology, including optical image stabilisation, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.

The phone's standout feature is the 41-megapixel sensor which was first seen on Nokia's PureView 808 phone which launched last year.

While the PureView 808 was very bulky due to the huge sensor and ran Nokia's dated Symbian software, the Lumia 1020 is just 10.4mm thick, weighs 158g and runs the latest Windows Phone software.

Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks.

Like the two previous flagship devices from the Finnish company - Lumia 920 and Lumia 925 - the Lumia 1020 features a 4.5in AMOLED screen and is powered by a 1.5GHz processor, features 2GB of RAM and comes as standard with 32GB of storage to keep all those high resolution pictures.

Windows Phone devices are struggling to gain traction in a market where iOS and Android dominate. Nokia is the leading manufacturer of Windows Phone devices but it has seen relatively low sales figures so far and despite the radical new imaging technology, the Lumia 1020 is unlikely to change that.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of $299.99 (£197) on a two-year contract.

Presented by Adam Justice

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