Nokia Lumia 1020 hitting UK stores on 12 September

Nokia’s Lumia 1020 smartphone will be released in the UK on 12 September with consumers finally able to get their hands on the 41-megapixel camera smartphone.

The Nokia UK Twitter account announced the news via a Tweet that read “#Lumia1020 + UK = this Thursday,” with the Windows Phone device coming out later this week.

Once released a number of UK retailers will stock the device with Unlocked Mobiles already offering the device on pre-order for £549.99. O2, Three, Phones 4 U, and Carphone Warehouse will also sell the device with details on pricing and tariffs so far unclear.

The device’s USP is the 41-megapixel back camera that makes any other look rather insignificant in comparison. The snapper has an f/2.2 aperture and is based on Nokia’s Pureview technology.

Customers that pick up the device on Thursday will be able to take advantage of a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, as well as a 4.5in AMOLED display with a 1,280 x 768 pixel resolution.

The device’s display also benefits from ClearBlack technology and an ultra sensitive touch feature with both designed to take full advantage of the 41-megapixel camera. It sports a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Corning Gorilla Glass and a 2,000mAh battery.

In addition to all this it comes with a few exclusive apps including Cinemagraph Lens and Smart Camera, to take further advantage of the camera, as well as Nokia Here and Nokia Mix Music.

Nokia’s next smartphone is a well-guarded secret with speculation that the company will release an HD phablet at a launch event in New York City on 26 September.

Dubbed the Lumia 1520, the device will ship with a 6in 1080p Full HD display and photos show that it dwarves the Lumia 1020. It’s rumoured the phablet will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU and have a 20-megapixel PureView camera.