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

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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68 Comments

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.

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

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".

19. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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

40. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2236; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

21. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 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...

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.

27. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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!

47. MeoCao unregistered

Popular? do you have the data? 920 cannot make top 10 in UK last month.

54. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

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.

24. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

37. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

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

42. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

63. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

64. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 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

44. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

49. zazori08

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

14. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

what if this phone will have same specs..... but this will be much more liter then the original 920.....

17. MeoCao unregistered

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

46. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

62. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

2. toyboyz

Posts: 231; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

One change. Rounder not square!

10. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 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

3. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

That would be fun if they pulled it off.

4. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

next news

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 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!

6. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

15. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 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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