The latest Nokia flagship device, the Lumia 1020 is sold out at AT&T. A notice to this effect has been sent out to AT&T users who have pre ordered the smartphone stating they will be in no position to meet the current order by the time it expects to ship the device. The Lumia 1020 is slated to ship not before July 26.
However, while this might not be to the liking of prospective buyers of the device, it’s sweet piece of news for its makers and retailers as well as the entire distribution channel. More so if the unavailability of the 1020 has more to do with demand far outstripping supply rather than due to supply constraints. Many an expert had also predicted a limited audience for the smartphone saying the incorporation of the camera features has made the device thicker and ungainly compared to the current iPhone and top of the line Android offerings. Being priced quite on the higher side at $299.99 even after agreeing to a two year carrier contract didn’t stop the 1020 from being sold out, which is no mean feat, it must be said. The camera oriented smartphone is priced $659 without any carrier obligations.
Now coming to the device itself, the Lumia 1020 is the first to arrive from the Nokia camp to feature the full complement of PureView tech. This includes a 41 MP camera along with image stabilization. The camera also comes with a custom application that allows user to make changes in the settings such as exposure times and such. The rest of the specs include a dual core processor rated at 1.5 GHz which is coupled to a 2 GB RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage. A 4.5 inch AMOLED display makes up the front of the device that runs Windows Phone 8. The 1020 is also the first device to come with the Amber and Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update which will enable the device to surface notifications even when the device is in sleep mode.
At present there have been no announcements from AT&T regarding further shipment of the device. The carrier meanwhile has sent a message to all those who have ordered the device stating that all orders that remains back ordered for about a month will be deemed cancelled. Nokia no doubt will have a lot of answering to do as to why it started with a limited number of devices, and that too when the device is made exclusive to the AT&T.