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Nokia Lumia 1020 confirmed for UK by O2, Three

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has been officially unveiled, and O2 is the first network to confirm it'll sell the 41-megapixel camera phone.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 has been officially unveiled, and O2 and Three are the first British networks to confirm they'll sell the 41-megapixel camera phone this year.

O2 says it will offer the Lumia 1020 "later in the year", while Nokia promises it for the UK "this quarter", which means September at the latest. The new phone goes on sale in the US on 26 July for $300 (£200) on a contract, but exact British prices and release dates haven't been confirmed.

Nokia promises an exclusive version of the 1020 for Telefonica, the European company behind O2.  

The Lumia 1020 was one of the most heavily leaked phones we've ever seen, to the point that the New York launch almost feels like an afterthought. It's designed to be the most powerful camera phone going, with optical image stabilisation and a 41-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor.

Features include dual capture, which takes a high-resolution 38-megapixel photo at the same time as a 5-megapixel snap for quick sharing online.

Powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software, the Lumia 1020 packs that giant camera into a colourful unibody shell.

Phones 4U is also selling the 1020. I'm expecting the new phone to be available on all the major networks -- I'll keep you posted on further details as we get them.

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