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Nokia Lumia 1020 out 25 September, O2 has 64GB model

The release date for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and its epic 41-megapixel camera has been revealed.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 and its epic 41-megapixel camera lands in British shops on 25 September, and you can order it today. It's available on contract from 3, O2, Vodafone, EE, Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse, or costs £549 for just the phone.

Nokia announced the UK release date for the camera-tastic Windows Phone 8 phone today -- as well as a 64GB model exclusive to O2, doubling up on the regular 32GB version. That's free on a two-year contract for £37.

Nokia is pitting the 1020 against photography-focused rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. The dual-core 1020 packs an immense 41-megapixel camera, with an LED and a xenon flash and image stabilisation. The Pro Camera settings give you a degree of manual control over features such as focus and exposure largely unheard of in phones.

Perfect for Instagramming pictures of your lunch.

The 1020 comes in black, white or cheerful lemon yellow. O2 and Three were the first to confirm they would sell the 1020. Early suggestions were that the phone would cost around £550.

It's a busy time for the phone folks at Nokia, who are set to be snapped up by Microsoft for £4.6bn. That brings together Windows Phone hardware and software as the Lumia range becomes part of Microsoft.

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