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The future of the Nokia Lumia line includes larger screens and thinner form factors

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The future of the Nokia Lumia line includes larger screens and thinner form factors
Stefan Pannenbecker, the head of the Nokia Lumia design team, sat down for a published interview with mobile carrier Vodafone and said that exciting things are coming to the Lumia line in the future. While Pannenbecker says that "We still have a main strategy in design of using polycarbonate and bright colors," the launch of the Nokia Lumia 925 brought a metal unibody model to the Lumia line-up. But that doesn't mean to expect all future models to look like that. We don't even have to search further than the Nokia Lumia 1020 to see that.

Pannenbecker said that each model is built around the footprint of the camera. The Finnish manufacturer's focus on features like low-light photography has given the Nokia Lumia line a niche that it can exploit in the marketplace. As for the display, the designer says that future Lumia models will shrink the size of the body around the screen. "We try to minimize the footprint of the product by optimizing the way we build the screen and the frame around it," Pannenbecker said.

So what does the future look like for Nokia's Windows Phone flavored models? It takes about 12 to 18 months of lead time to produce a phone. With the Nokia Lumia 925, the company knew in advance that it would be making a phone using metal, and that had led to specific problems with the antenna that had to be taken care of. "The more metal you use in a product, the harder it is to have really great antenna performance, unless you make the metal part of the antenna. And then, the moment you start thinking about using metal, you have to start thinking about manufacturing processes, which are different," he said.

The upcoming GDR 3 update to Windows Phone 8 will allow manufacturers to design larger screened units with 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. In addition, the update will allow Windows Phone models to support quad-core processors which means we should see improvements in future Nokia Lumia models both inside and outside.

source: Vodafone (1), (2) via Pocketlint

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posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:13 10

1. pradeepreddy (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


THINNER PHONE from Nokia, IMPOSSIBLE :)

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 15:10 4

11. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Ha ha ha ...

Best regards!

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 15:11 24

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Blind or ignorant or both?
Don't worry, there's a remedy.
Check the Lumia 925.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 17:07 5

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


SPECIAL day for me when Nokia announce phablet 1080p, quad core, has up to 200,000 apps , pureview, puremotion, and WP 8.1. Perfect phone for me.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 23:14 1

34. dangchitrung (Posts: 88; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


They said that RIGHT AFTER announcing the THINNER and LIGHTER Lumia 620. Check out the specs dude.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:17 4

2. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


nokia is rising ayyy?

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:17 10

3. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


And Android please?

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:21 11

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Uh, oh. I agree, but you're gonna get it when the WP fans see this.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:22 2

5. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


lmao!

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:23 3

6. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Lol they are so much in denial !!

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:31 1

7. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


I don't care. I've been using a Lumia 900 for over a year now and my biggest complaint is the software. It's time for Android, I would just like to take the hardware along with me (I'll take Nokia's improved camera and speakerphone though)

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:42 6

8. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You really got screwed with that 900. They released the (non-WP8-upgradeable) phone waaaay too close to the WP8 release.

Good luck getting a Nokia Android though.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:45

9. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Yeah and my microphone is next to useless, camera is pretty garbage, and screen cracked (my fault -.-). Love the polycarbonate, no visible damage on device.

Tack on the largely limiting software and lack of apps and this is hardly a smartphone. It's reliable and fast though, can't complain about that.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 17:06 3

22. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Riseagainst94 you have just been awarded the best comment ever! ^This!!!!

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 17:42

27. papss (unregistered)


Ill tell you that the 900 and 920 must be total opposites because I've yet to have a single problem other that the dust in my FFC which was covered by Nokia quickly. Apps are a super non issue as I feel there are plenty that fit my needs.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 19:57

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


I just switched from a 900 to a 925. 900 works great, microphone and all, and takes better photos in many situations than my wife's galaxy s3. The 925 is better in every way except color (I miss my cyan phone), and I only switched to it to get onboard the JUMP program so I can get T-Mobile's 1020 or best Lumia available early next year.

Wouldn't touch Android with a ten foot pole. Wouldn't touch ios with a ten mile one.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 21:35

33. sam.7 (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


yuck! i hate lumia 900.. oldy!
check the windows phone 8..better buy a lumia 820!

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 03:24

35. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


great, here's another android user not satisfied with the hardware he's using. Can't blame you mate, Nokia really does have amazing hardware not existing anywhere else. And that just sucks right. But why always be the jealous one, among all the thousands here begging Nokia to make hardware for them. Then it's time to #switch :) Get rid of that plastic, might blow up in your pocket anytime...

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 14:46

10. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


And when GDR3 is released, I'm sure some people will make a flash of it to the nexus 4/5.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 15:19 3

13. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I want a 5.5" FHD Nokia Lumia device.
I own the Nokia Lumia 920, and i love the bezel.
But if they are going to make the bezels smaller it's also good for me.
Nokia always makes the Flagship's sexy and unique so i know they won't dissapoint me.
And in term of specs, don't expect a Snapdragon 600 or 800, they are just 'over powered' CPU's for Windows Phone 8.x so i expect a Snapdragon 400 @ max 1.5-1.6 Ghz.
One thing i'm really hoping for is that future flagship's will have BUILT in wireless charging, i don't need a protection cover with build in wireless charging, they make a device so ugly ...

Best regards!

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 15:32 2

14. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


your dream will come true

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 16:21 1

19. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I really hope so akki20892..

Best regards!

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 17:05 3

21. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


I agree about 5.5 inch display, I personally like a smaller bezel.......however if it is true with all of these new features they are adding to WP credo I'm afraid to say it will start to need more power so I'm hoping snapdragon 600 at least....

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 17:32 1

25. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


That's not an problem at all for me if they will run it on a Snapdragon 600 CPU, would be epic !

Best regards!

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 15:33 2

15. iWinDroid (Posts: 28; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)


seems like nokia is now making their move...killing FANDROIDS little by little :P

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 15:55 3

16. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Stop this. Don't even try.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 16:05 5

17. whoyton2 (banned) (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Are you deliberately trying to start a flame war.....or are you just retarded....

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 16:09 2

18. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


I lean more towards the latter; but both may be accurate.

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 17:38 1

26. papss (unregistered)


I have to agree.. No need for those sort of comments.... I would like you to say that when its the other way around as well though ;)

posted on 22 Jul 2013, 16:34 2

20. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Still waiting for that monstrous Nokia tablet & phablet

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