At a press event today, Nokia officially unveiled the Lumia 1020 in India. The good news is that it’ll go on sale in less than two weeks i.e. on the 11th of October. The not so good news is that Nokia still isn’t willing to divulge pricing information owing to the fluctuating rupee. When asked about pricing, representatives pointed us to the 800$ price point, that it retails at in some markets. Judging by that, be prepared for a 50,000 INR Lumia 1020.
While that price point may be on the higher side, Nokia is bundling in a free insurance plan with the purchase of the device. New India Assurance will cover the Lumia 1020 for a period of one year from the date of purchase, and this includes loss of device as well as accidental damage. Buyers will also get a Rs. 1000 voucher for downloading apps from the Windows Phone Store. Vodafone users will be offered 2GB of data for two months.
In addition to this, a Your Movies app with a database of 3000 movies will be pre-loaded so you can stream or download movies on the go. Buyers will also get free ebooks from Flipkart, via the bundled app. Finally, Nokia will also give buyers free access to Ozone WIFI zones across India.
While there is no doubt that the Lumia 1020 packs an exceptional camera, and should be the defacto buy for all photography enthusiasts, it remains to be seen if Nokia will bite the bullet and price it under 50,000 INR in India to attract a larger audience.