Dual-core Nokia Zeal to flaunt aluminum unibody chassis in Zune HD style come early 2013

Dual-core Nokia Zeal to flaunt aluminum unibody chassis in Zune HD style come early 2013
For the first Windows Phone 8 designs of the upcoming Lumia 820 and 920, or whatever the official names are to be unveiled today, Nokia is evidently betting on that distinctive unibody polycarbonate design its WP handsets are immediately recognizable for, judging from the leaked renders.

Next year we will see the real push from Nokia, though, now that Windows Phone supports HD screens and multicore processors, so the rumor mill spat one of the phones that might be in store for the traditional CES unveiling. 

The handset is codenamed Nokia Zeal for now, and will feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4.3" display of undisclosed resolution, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory. Those specs are now squarely in the mid-range category for Windows Phone 8, but the most interesting part of the rumor is that it will be styled to reminisce the Zune HD music player, which has an appealing aluminum casing. 

Nokia said that it didn't have much time to think about new designs for its Windows Phone handsets, when it started making them, so it borrowed the innovative polycarbonate unibody opf the N9, which was already prepared, but it is planning a lot of design surprises going forward. Well, an aluminum unibody Nokia Zeal should do the trick for early 2013.

source: TheVerge

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23 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

ohhhhh myyyyyyy God.

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

omg is my reaction for many reasons 1. cool to know Nokia has more designs 2. i like the name 3. the windows phone 8 push should be done asap. 4. i knew it, they rushed the designs at present 5. because I thought it was announced already, then I realized I was wrong after commenting. lol

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

HAHAHAHHA for that, +1 But if this is true, they rather leave the name Lumia and go with "zeal" Appealing and decent name. Please, do borrow the zune HD player design. :3

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Awesome!!! Go Nokia, we are with you and will love you forever. You are the genuine innovative company out there. Now I'm confused whether to buy 920, 820 or this one. I think I'll buy a 920 for me, and this one for my sis :)

19. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

i think if i do make the jump to Windows i really want the 920 if the renders of it following the 900 is true. my friend has the Cyan colored one i love how she can have it sitting straight up and the even with a stong vibration pattern it doesnt fall over when ringing. ive always liked Nokias innovation in the hardware side

3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Sexy nokia.

6. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

You do realize that pic is a Zune HD right?

4. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Windows Phone ftw

7. MicroNokia

Posts: 15; Member since: May 18, 2012

Does that mean an end to colorful phones......??

9. Cacharoes

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Not really, Zunes came in a variety of colours, the Zune HD came in I think sevent colours or so. I think it was Black, Silver, Red, Lime Green, Blue, Magenta, and Purple, or something like that. So still possible, I think the colourful phones is what best represents Nokia style wise and windows 8 the whole Vibrant Colours.

14. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Nokia isn't a copycat like sammy!! I am positive that Nokia will cast its design magic to further enhance this design. My only worry is MS, which indeed is a cunning shark. Hope the partnership goes smoothly...

10. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

dun dun dun.. it has begun

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I just gave a thumbs up to all the post above me....:D Nokia...you are back with a ZEAL!! Or at least you will be!! I'm glad!!

12. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i want WP8 styled E7 design NOAWWWWWWWWW!

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

looks beautiful.....

15. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Looks soo damn good!!!

16. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I am loving my SGS3, but I have to say that this Zune design is awesome and it is what nokia should base its designs from now on.

17. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

meh, 3310 have better design

18. GeekMovement unregistered

Would have been amazing if this had top-end specs because I still use and love my zune HD and it would be amazing to have a phone version. (in fact I've always wanted a phone version of it since the day I bought it, well thought, Nokia!)

20. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

it should be price a little higher than Lumia 610!!! but not really high!!! i like nokia more!!!

21. esquire415

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

SWEEEET!!! I've been wanting a Zune Smartphone since the Zune HD player came out. Microsoft was working on the Zune HD2 but they shelved the whole project due to lack of interest (now there is rumor that they are coming out with the Surface smartphone) but the reincarnation of the Zune HD in the Nokia Zeal is definitely most welcome. I always loved that urban industrial look of the Zune HD compared to other personal media players and only the Sony Xperia line comes close. I hope it will be available on Sprint. I would have preferred WebOS but any OS would be fine!

23. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ikr... really looking forward for this one!

22. esquire415

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Here's the Zune HD2 that was suppose to be a smartphone:http://ofspaceshipsandboomboxes.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/the-zune-hd2-and-you/ And here's the upcoming Nokia Zeal smartphone which is a re-branded Zune HD phone.http://www.mobiledevice.ru/lumia-zeal-zune-carlo-di-vaio-nokia-smartfon-Concept-muzikalnii.aspx

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