Optus has officially released Nokia's new flagship Lumia 1020 Windows Phone in Australia, unveiling pricing and plan details and confirming the smartphone is available in stores from today.
The telco announced today that the Lumia 1020 will be available on a total of five plans, all over 24 months. Plans range from the entry level $35 Optus My Plan with $22 handset repayment (totalling $57 per month), to the top $100 My Plan with no handset repayment.
Optus appears to be heavily pushing the $80 My Plan with the Lumia 1020, which comes with a $4 per month handset repayment (totalling $84 per month).
This plan includes 800 minutes of standard national voice calls, unlimited standard SMS and MMS messages to Australian mobiles and 2GB of data per month.
The Lumia 1020 plans follow Optus' new charging model, which it announced back in June. Under the new model, customers have the option to change plans on a monthly basis if they exceed their data or voice allowance.
Optus also quotes voice inclusions by minutes rather than a traditional dollar value.
The Lumia 1020 has a 41-megapixel PureView camera, building on the technology first seen on last year's 808 PureView. The camera uses what's called oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one "pure" pixel when taking typical sized shots (5-megapixels).
The camera simultaneously takes a 34-megapixel or 38-megapixel high-resolution image, and a 5-megapixel image to share on social networks.
The Lumia 1020 also debuts a new camera app called "Pro Camera". It allows users to manually adjust settings like exposure level, white balance, shutter speed and ISO.
The device has 2GB of RAM and uses a 4.5in AMOLED screen, but all other internals are almost identical, including a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 1280x768 resolution display and 32GB of internal memory.
The Lumia 1020 will be available in black, white and yellow colour variants in Australia, but Optus will only sell the black variant.
In addition to Optus, the Lumia 1020 is also available through Telstra. Nokia sells the phone outright through "major retailers" across Australia including Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, and Allphones for $899.