In a period where we’ve seen all of the big Android vendors announce their new flagship phones – the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC One and the Galaxy S4 – Windows Phone maker Nokia has been quiet, introducing a few low and mid-range options but no replacement to last year’s Lumia 920.
While we haven’t heard anything from the Finnish company directly, over the past week we have seen a large amount of new information about their upcoming phones – and what’s been revealed is exciting. We now expect three new high-end phones from Nokia in 2013 – a highly capable PureView camera phone, an aluminium-clad mid-range unit and even a Galaxy Note sized phone / tablet hybrid. Let’s take a closer look at each.
Our first rumoured device is codenamed EOS, and will reportedly be the first Lumia phone to include a 41 megapixel PureView camera sensor. This, when combined with the optical image stabilisation introduced with the Lumia 920 and a variable aperture lens, should make for an incredibly potent camera suite.
The EOS should enjoy high specifications elsewhere too. The phone will have a 1280 x 768 Super AMOLED display. A report by MyNokiaBlog suggests that the phone is currently being tested with both dual-core and quad-core processors, although the dual-core is favoured at the moment due to lower power consumption. That’s likely an issue due to the relatively small battery onboard – 2,000 mAh is nothing to sniff at but pales in comparison to the Galaxy S4’s 2,600 mAh battery. Connectivity looks good too, with initial reports stating FM radio, a micro SD card slot and a micro HDMI port will be present.
So the EOS looks to be a strong camera phone that should continue to cement the PureView brand as one of the finest in smartphone imaging. What about the other phones?
Another place in which Nokia is looking to advance their brand is in their physical construction. Current Nokia phones are known for using a unibody polycarbonate design in bright colours, but it looks like Nokia may be returning to their heritage with the phone codenamed Catwalk.
According to rumour and a picture leaked onto Chinese site Baidu, the phone will include an aluminium frame and a plastic back, with the camera protruding from the rear of the phone in a noticeable hump. That hump looks awkward, but allows for a much thinner phone overall, something that Nokia has been looking to do since releasing the incredibly thick and heavy 920. It’s not at all certain that this is a genuine design, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
Now that we’ve seen one potential direction for Nokia’s design, let’s take a look at our final rumoured device.
Nokia Phone / Tablet Hybrid
The most recent rumour is perhaps the most intriguing. According to the Financial Times, Nokia is working on a large screen smartphone that’ll be about the size of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series (5.3 – 5.5″). The largest Windows Phone 8 resolution currently supported is 1280 x 768, which wouldn’t likely suit such a large display, but thankfully Microsoft is set to add support for 1920 x 1080 in a Windows Phone 8 update later this year. That could allow Nokia to challenge Android vendors, who’ve traditionally had the 5″ and above market to themselves.
So that’s what we’re expecting: three devices from Nokia, each with its own innovations. While Nokia reported a small loss in the first quarter of 2013, its other financial results were encouraging and it now seems that the company has a good chance to find continued success on the back of these new phones.