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

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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43 Comments

1. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

THINNER PHONE from Nokia, IMPOSSIBLE :)

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Ha ha ha ... Best regards!

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

34. dangchitrung

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

2. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

nokia is rising ayyy?

3. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

And Android please?

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

5. HouTexan

Posts: 460; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

lmao!

6. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Lol they are so much in denial !!

7. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 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)

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

9. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

22. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

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.

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

33. sam.7

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

35. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 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...

10. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

13. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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!

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

your dream will come true

19. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I really hope so akki20892.. Best regards!

21. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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....

25. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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!

15. iWinDroid

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

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

16. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Stop this. Don't even try.

17. whoyton2

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

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

18. HouTexan

Posts: 460; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

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

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 ;)

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Still waiting for that monstrous Nokia tablet & phablet

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