Nokia Lumia 1020 Official Launch in the Philippines is on October 1, 2013, Confirmed!

Great news for everyone who's been patiently waiting for the official release of Nokia's 2013 WP8 PureView smartphone in the Philippines!

I've just received a formal invite from the Finnish Giant for the media launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020 set to happen on October 1, 2013 -- that's already Tuesday next week!

Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 1020 Philippines, Mark Milan Macanas

I've already played with the stellar handset and let me tell you, it lives up to all the hype! The gorgeous and durable unibody polycarbonate shell is similar to that of Nokia Lumia 920 but it has a matte finish making less likely to accidentally slip from your grasp. The svelte handset's 4.5-inch 768 x 1280 pixels AMOLED display with Nokia Clear Black technology is a pure joy to look at -- colors look vibrant and details are rendered with utmost clarity.

But what makes Nokia Lumia 1020 a true beast of a smartphone is its 41 MegaPixel main camera, which is easily the best camera you can find on any smartphone currently available. I'd say its shooter combines the imaging prowess of Nokia 808 PureView - delivering the same level of detail and clarity - and the industry-leading low-light performance and post-processing capabilities of Nokia Lumia 925.

Off hand, I can really say that it's the best cameraphone I've ever played with and I'm just looking forward to having it as one of my new daily phones. As a tech blogger, I really need a phone that has a really good camera giving me great shots regardless of the lighting condition. I'm not a fan of carrying too many gadgets when I'm out to attend tech events and I'd totally appreciate it if my smartphone can double as a good digital camera. As such, I think Nokia Lumia 1020 can definitely help me become better at what I do.

Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 1020 Philippines

So when will it hit store shelves and how much will it cost? It remains to be seen whether Nokia Philippines will make the handset available to consumers on the same day of its media launch or on a later date. Usually, though, the company releases its devices a week after their introduction to the blogging community and the media. TP Friends, we've yet to get word from the company and its PR agencies on the phone's official suggested retail price so our TP Guesstimate remains at Php 31,990.