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Nokia puts focus on zoom with Lumia 1020The flagship Windows Phone packs a 41-megapixel camera, popular apps arrive for Windows smartphones, and Microsoft hints about new features for Skype and the Surface tablet.
Nokia wants to change the way you zoom. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. Nokia revealed a new Windows phone, the Lumia 1020. And it has quite the unique camera. This has a 41-megapixel sensor. And it has advanced image-processing software. So, the camera itself uses 6-lens Carl Zeiss optics which can take on wide angles. And with 41 megapixels, it takes in lots of information. So, you can crop a photo really close and still keep the quality. Even after you take the photo, you could zoom in to see small details or zoom out to see what was around your original photo. But it will save to a 5-megapixel photo when you wanna post it online. It also captures 1080p HD video at a rate of 30 frames a second, and it has rich audio recording. Nokia also packed in tech to help with image stabilization and to improve low light performance. Users could even change exposure settings manually to do long exposure effects. And if you're not that savvy with cameras, there is a tutorial loaded into the phone. The camera is what this phone is all about. But there are some other perks. The touch screen can be used with fingernails or gloves. It's that sensitive. And it has scratch and shadow-resistant Gorilla Glass. Wireless charging is not built in, but you can get it if you buy a separate shell. And there's also an $80 camera grip case you can buy that acts as a tripod mount and an extra battery. The Lumia 1020 will be sold at AT&T on July 26, and it comes in yellow, white, and black. But be prepared; it is not cheap. It will cost $300, and that's with a new two-year contract. Nokia's betting that customers will want to invest a little more to get this kind of camera since nowadays, most folks just use their phones as their main camera. And with Nokia's news came the announcement that several apps are coming to Windows phone, including Flipboard, Vine, and Path. Hipstamatic will have a special app for the Lumia 1020 to take advantage of the camera. In addition, some other apps are also being updated for Lumia's high-quality camera, including Yelp and Foursquare. And that's not the only Windows news. Microsoft is busy making updates to several products. And during a conference, the company hinted that Skype will be getting support for large meetings and support for enterprise voice, as well as integration with Outlook.com and Office 365. Windows phone is working to create a common app platform with Windows, and the surface tablet will have new accessories and accessory colors. And expect to also hear something soon about Office getting its own Windows store apps. Looks like a busy year for Microsoft. That's your tech news update. You could find more details at CNET.com/update. And follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.