Nokia Lumia 1020 and 625 launch in Canada

After teasing its release plans in the summer, Nokia has finally launched two of its most recent smartphones in Canada. The Lumia 1020 is now available through both Rogers and Telus for $199 on a two-year contract ($600 to $725 contract-free) in either yellow or black. Aspiring shutterbugs can also buy the camera grip in either color for $75. If the 1020 is beyond your budget, you'll be glad to hear that Telus is also offering the Lumia 625 for free on a contract, or $300 with no commitment. The releases aren't well-timed when Nokia is unveiling new devices in a matter of weeks, but Canucks who've faced a recent drought of Windows Phones should be happy.

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 625 arrive in Canada

Revolutionizing the smartphone camera and big-screen experience

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Nokia announced that the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia Lumia 625 are available to Canadians. The Lumia 1020 sets a new benchmark in smartphone imaging, boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor. Unlike any smartphone in the market today, it reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia's innovative PureView technology, including Optical Image Stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera. The Lumia 625 combines a large 4.7-inch screen and high-speed 4G LTE Internet access to bring a premium entertainment and communication experience at a very affordable price.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images thanks to leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera. Either before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the zoom capability enables people to discover and then rediscover the personal stories each image can tell. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Pro Camera makes it easier than ever to capture, edit and share photos and videos with unrivaled clarity.

Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020's 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus Optical Image Stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur-free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.

The new Nokia Camera Grip is an accessory that easily clips onto the smartphone, giving a more robust grip. It has a camera button that is of a similar size and in a similar position to SLR cameras giving better ergonomics for advanced shooting. It also has a tripod mount, and a 1020mAH battery boost, allowing users to take even more photos or videos. The Nokia Camera Grip comes in two colours (matte black and matte yellow) and will be available starting today for a suggested retail price of $75.00.

"The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a giant leap forward in smartphone imaging technology, removing the complexity of photography while enhancing people's creativity in the way they shoot, edit and share pictures," said Matt Rothschild, Vice President, Nokia North America. "The Nokia Lumia 625 is the perfect all-round smartphone, combining innovation traditionally found on high-end Lumias, with a suave design and affordable price tag."

Both smartphones come with full global navigation (the latest versions of our HERE experiences), and with ad and subscription-free Nokia Music streaming.

As with all Windows Phones, Live Tiles update direct to the home screen, and People Hub makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family. Windows Phone 8 also includes Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage to simply make life easier.

Both the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 625 are available in Canada on October 3. The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in black and yellow and is available at Rogers (please visit www.Rogers.com/Lumia1020 for full pricing details) and at TELUS and Black's (please visit www.telusmobility.com/NokiaLumia1020 for full pricing details).

The Nokia Lumia 625 is available exclusively at TELUS in black (please visit www.telusmobility.com/NokiaLumia625 for full pricing details).

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Nokia Lumia 1020 and 625 launch in Canada