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Nokia's new high-end model to be aluminum?

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Nokia's new high-end model to be aluminum?
Nokia is said to be working on a successor to the Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia is said to be working on a successor to the Nokia Lumia 920

Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia is known for its polycarbonate handsets, which makes the new high-end model it is allegedly working on seem completely different. Those with knowledge of what Nokia has in mind, say that the successor to the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 model will be made out of aluminum. That would make the model, which is codenamed Catwalk, lighter and thinner than its current top of the line handset. The phone codenamed Catwalk should be launched sometime later this year.

Additionally, Nokia is said to be working on another pair of handsets that will all be part of Nokia's new line up for 2013. The Catwalk is said to have the same internal hardware specs as the Nokia Lumia 920 and with the use of the aluminum, Nokia hopes to bring down the weight on its top model in order to better compete against the size and weight of the Apple iPhone. The polycarbonate on the Nokia Lumia 920 makes the device weigh in at 185 grams compared to the 112 grams that the Apple iPhone 5 tips the scale at.

source: TheVerge via UnwiredView

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posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:32 8

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


same specs as 920? smh

Nokia would be stupid if they do that, but may be they have no choice as WP8 does not support anything higher.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:58 23

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Don't think it'll be same spec'd. But again, Dual core Snapdragon MSM8960 is more than enough to run WP8 on rockets. Doesn't need quad cores n all just yet.

So the difference will lie in Hardware, mostly. Everyone is expecting Pureview Phase 3.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 23:57 3

18. MeoCao (unregistered)


People always want the best, the most advanced hardware. It will future proof their phone, and give them reason to brag about their toy.

By the time this new phone comes to market all top phones will have A15 quad core and Nokia "high end" phone stays with krait dual core.

I don't think this phone can be sold as "high end".

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 00:06 20

19. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


That's a huge misunderstanding among people. WP8 phone with current specs won't be titled 'dated' that soon. But android phones with the same specs are already 'dated'.

I'm stating again, WP phones don't need much fuel to run on. See for yourself how 1Ghz Dual cored Lumia 620 trumps Galaxy S3 running JB. Isn't there something called 'Optimization'?

See for yourself :http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_lumia_620-review-865p5.php

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 01:46 8

40. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1346; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I agree with everyone that Windows Phones run quick and smooth with whatever high or low-end hardware they are given to run on, however I must say that I do think there is a need for the option of a Windows Phone having a quad-core processor or a better GPU for gaming purposes. There are a lot of high graphic games becoming available that, in a way, need the extra processing power to run at its potential. I have said this a couple of months ago and I will say it again: I want there to be an Xbox phone. I think the market would actually go for it. Imagine the developers that would jump over to Windows Phone to develop games for an Xbox phone, or the people out there who may have wanted a PS Vita but now could get a phone and gaming machine all in one. They could use the new Tegra 4 processors coming out along with a 5 inch 1080p display. At the very least it would mean people would take a second look at Windows Phone 8.

This may just be a dream of mine, but I think it should be done.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 00:21 10

21. bon24x7 (Posts: 206; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


So you mean having a A15 quad core is better than having better performance..? LOL

At present a dual cored iPhone 5 outplays the quad cored S3 in most benchmarks and even the mid ranged Lumia 620 outplayed quad cored SIII in some benchmark tests...brag and future proof my A**..Optimization is the keyword bro...NOT specs...

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 00:32 1

23. MeoCao (unregistered)


performance and features must go hand in hand, older versions of OSes surely perform very well on top current phones but does this mean anything?

And this is not about you and me, it's about normal users and we can see despite great innovations 920 has to make deep discounts to sell.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 00:37 6

27. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Older versions xD I can't help but laugh on this. Just for you, In Europe the unlocked phone sells at premium price, which hasn't seen a drop of penny since its launch. Still its popular.

Nokia is purposely taking some hits to change stubborn mindset/bias of most US residents to show them that there are better alternatives. What an overrated market!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:37 3

47. MeoCao (unregistered)


Popular? do you have the data?

920 cannot make top 10 in UK last month.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 05:52 1

54. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Stock shortages and EE exclusivity. Nokia is to blame I know.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 06:16 1

55. MeoCao (unregistered)


For Nokia now surviving is the key, not proving something to US users.

If 920 do not sell well in US but out of stock somewhere else it's natural that Nokia will limit 920 shipment to US and increase stock where they can sell.

The fact that Nokia has to make big discounts in US and other available data all show to poor sales of 920.

in my place 920 (32GB) is $650 unlocked, $50 cheaper than 16GB GS3 and no shortage at all.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 00:33 12

24. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Exactly. It's of no use, my friend. Android fanboys will always disagree and keep touting about cores, ram n blah blah.
And prepare to be thumbed down from them.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 01:30 2

37. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Anyway Nokia Lumia's are no match for android's

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 02:09 9

42. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


In some terms. And same thing applies other way around.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:55

63. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


All the windows phone have almost the same processors and user interface. It could compete with android only if MS allows manufacturers to customise the UI.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 11:58 1

64. SamsungFan (Posts: 201; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Eg: htc 8x . Samsung ativ s. nokia lumias all have the same Qualcomm processors and WP has only limited amount of apps. I'm using a galaxy s3 and an omnia w.
Frankly I don't think MS can compete with this kind of software

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 02:54 3

44. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Optimized benchmarks. S4 and Swift are better than Exynos 4412 in single thread because they are almost A15 but in multi thread is Exynos 4412 better. Apple and Microsoft are just optimizing benchmarks, look for example on droid dna : it is better in benchmarks than nexus 4 even though they both are using same hardware but dna has to push 115% more pixels, droid dna is faster in benchmarks but in real world nexus 4 is better, you can not trust benchmarks because they can easily be manipulated. The important about a phone is how well optimized the OS is, not the benchmarks.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 04:12 1

49. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


damn dude you made me flip of laughter because of your statement.A15 quad or skyrocketing performance.are you telling us that A15 quad is going to lag as hell? try to say that to the nexus 10 who only has half of the power your bragging about. having only 2 A15 cores. and put that s**tty A6 core of the apple iPhone to an android smartphone and run a benchmark test or put an A15 quad chip on an iPad to see if A15 quad does not bring better performance. dont be confident on benchmarks. benchmarks is just numbers.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 23:34

14. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


what if this phone will have same specs.....

but this will be much more liter then the original 920.....

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 23:51 2

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


That's will be ok if the phone is not high end

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 03:09 1

46. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Apple used aluminium and look at the sh1tty quality. If Nokia is not careful, they'll lose the indestructible image.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 07:45 1

62. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd rather they keep the polycarbonate. They tried aluminum on the N8 and E7, and they were both relatively porky.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:32 1

2. toyboyz (Posts: 187; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)


One change. Rounder not square!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 23:06

10. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


The screen is square, so should be the phone. No reason to make it bigger just to give the impression of it "feeling" better and smaller

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:34

3. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


That would be fun if they pulled it off.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:34 3

4. ray77 (Posts: 126; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


next news

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:36 1

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 2078; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


As long as the aluminum will not affect the signal or whatsoever then it'll definitely be more eye catching to see the next lumia in a new premium material with a variety of colors!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:48 5

6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Umm. No. Make it quad core, higher megapixel camera, 4.7" inch amoled screen, less bezel, and a bit thinner/lighter. That'd be sweet.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 22:52 6

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


nokia needs to come to android and they will see huge success!

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 23:37 9

15. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Nokia with Android means no room for other manufacturers .....

This is good for other manufacturers .....Nokia is doing good with it's wp8 lumia lines

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