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

40. papss unregistered

I finally see that my 1020 has shipped along with my free camera grip...next day shipping free? Sure thing AT&T..

38. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's the way to go Nokia. Calmly, Slowly, Steadily and Strongly. Yayyy...

31. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

we want nokia pureview android fanboys pls dont start with '' lag os , wp is best.... bla bla bla'' we want it ... if u dont ... use ur tiles at least let nokia make one .......

32. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I'm sorry i just can't imagine a Nokia running Android ... Nothing against that beaufiful OS but that's just not Nokia .... The best OS for Nokia is Windows Phone 8, you will see it will become very competitive and a lot of features will be added in the near future, it won't take that long ... Best regards!

36. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

haha, it's really funny how you android fanboys already know about the lags and the "bla bla", and even make a disclaimer about it even before you comment. great, another android user not satisfied with the hardware you're using. Can't blame you mate, Nokia really does have amazing hardware not existing anywhere else. And that just sucks right. But don't be ashamed, im sure there are a lot of you jealous android users here as well already begging for Nokia hardware. And there is no way Nokia's gonna use crappy android, when they are the only tech company having growth right now. Then it's time to #switch :) Get rid of that plastic, might blow up in your pocket anytime now...

37. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

m using htc one right now..... no chance of lag in it.... liquid smooth...... i also have s4 but m good with both i prefer s4 lil bit lag instead of no apps and games i know wp have 150k apps and games but already played on android ... android is customization king

41. iWinDroid

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

who cares?post ur comments on an androd page then, not here u fandroid.. ur just afraid that nokia will take over android os in the future.. admit it man! u know that it is happening! now f u cant accept it, shut ur mouth & leave this page.

42. iWinDroid

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

PS : we prefer 1 good app on WP rather than having a million of crappy apps on a barttery-hog-laggy OS-plastic TIMEBOMB!.

43. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i want nokia to take over android and WP also come to its real position that nokia deserves like a king.... so shuush ......... m nokia fan too ... :p

30. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Pls! no wide bezel.

28. papss unregistered

I'm sadly still waiting on my 1020 to come in. I might as well have just got it from the local AT&T at this rate.

23. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Cant wait

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Still waiting for that monstrous Nokia tablet & phablet

39. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia World

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: 537; 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: 462; 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 ;)

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!

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.

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: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

lmao!

6. smallworld

Posts: 537; 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)

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