Nokia (now known as Microsoft Mobile) has released successors to all of its Lumia smartphones which were released last year except the Lumia 1020. But according to reports from TechRadar and TKTechNews, Microsoft Mobiles is working on the successor to the Lumia 1020 and might unveil it before the holiday season. The device is expected to be thinner than the Lumia 1020 but it might still have that camera hump on its back. Samsung is using a 16MP 1/2.6-inch CMOS camera sensor (IMX240) from Sony in the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge while Sony themselves are using a 20.7MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS camera sensor in the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.
During the release of Lumia 1020, processors weren’t powerful enough to handle the gigantic 41MP PureView camera sensor so Qualcomm had to sit down with Nokia to write down a custom software stack for the Lumia 1020. This year, processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and Nvidia Tegra K1 are available to OEMs which can handle heavy image processing.
The speciality of the camera sensor which will be used in this upcoming camera centric smartphone is still unknown but earlier this year, Nokia invested in Pelican imaging which has already showcased light field camera sensors for smartphones and tablets. Will Nokia introduce light-field camera sensor in its next flagship device?
Now that Nokia Denim update is here, which allows 4K video recording and clicking images with zero-shutter lag, it makes a lot of sense for Microsoft to unveil the successor to the Lumia 1020. Going by Nokia’s naming conventions, the device might be called as the Nokia Lumia 1030 but we can’t commit on that yet, especially without any proof.