Microsoft Store offering Nokia Lumia 1020 in both 32GB and 64GB options

By Anu Passary , Jul 13, 2013 12:47 PM EDT

The new Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone 8 smartphone will be available for purchase directly from Microsoft in both its 32GB and 64GB versions.

Nokia recently launched its 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 on July 11 and the handset is expected to go up for pre-order starting on July 16. In the U.S., the latest Nokia flagship will be exclusive to AT&T.

According to the Microsoft Store, the new Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, black and white color options and users can choose between 32GB or 64GB storage configurations, depending on their needs and preferences.

With Nokia Lumia 1020's whopping 41-megapixel rear-facing camera, many customers will likely have a lot of pictures to save on their handset. Many smartphone users also tend to save a lot of media files such as music and videos on their devices. Consequently, 32GB of on-board storage may prove insufficient for the needs and requirements of some users. The absence of a microSD card slot in the handset may further tempt some customers to buy the higher-capacity 64GB version of the handset.

"A quick call to a Microsoft Store confirms that the 64GB model will be available there, and the rep that we spoke to assured us that this version of the Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available for pre-order on July 16th and will be shipped on the 26th," Phone Arena reports.

The Lumia 1020 comes packed with a 2,000 mAh battery and some neat specs and features. Even though the handset will be available directly from AT&T, those who decide to buy the handset from Microsoft Store will also get a free Camera Grip, which normally costs $79. The accessory also includes an additional battery to keep the handset running for longer. With the Camera Grip fitted to the Lumia 1020, users will also get a feel of holding a camera rather than a mobile phone when taking pictures.

With the Nokia Lumia 920, AT&T was the one of the first carriers to offer a high-end Windows Phone 8 (WP8) smartphone in the U.S. Now the carrier has two top-end WP8 handsets in its smartphone portfolio. The new Lumia 1920, however, will likely get most of the attention. Interested buyers can visit the Microsoft Store and sign up to receive pre-order notifications.

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