No longer the cream of the Windows Phone 8 crop, Nokia’s Lumia 1020 has nonetheless aged rather gracefully, being today, exactly like when it first saw daylight, everyone’s go-to camera phone. Launched at a prohibitive $299 with AT&T contracts, the 4.5-inch handheld has seen its price steadily drop over the months, now going for a hard to refuse $49.
The only catch? You still need to commit to a 24-month Ma Bell pact, which is fairly uncomfortable since WP 8 devices may well be obsolete next year, let alone in 2016. Oh, well, AT&T users can always upgrade, so don’t let this small inconvenience impede such an awesome deal.
By the way, yes, the $49 discounted price tag is valid both for new AT&T customers and old ones seeking an upgrade. Also, the yellow, black and white coated variants are all part of Amazon’s promotion, each packing 32 GB on-board storage.
To make matters even sweeter, the Lumia 1020 also qualifies for AT&T’s ongoing new activation bill credit promo, meaning you cough up $50 for the device, but get $100 in return as credit. Bottom line, the carrier is essentially paying you.
Again, this beast’s feature highlight is by far the 41 MP PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, Xenon and LED flash. But the AMOLED display is no pushover either, sporting 1,280 x 768 pixels resolution, whereas under the hood you’re treated to a hardware show ran by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip and 2 GB RAM. Pretty solid spec sheet for -$50, eh?