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Nokia’s flagship phones for 2013: EOS, Catwalk, Phablet

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.

Nokia ‘EOS’

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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?

Nokia ‘Catwalk’

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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

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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.

Conclusion
 
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.

Posted in Mobile Phones, Windows Phone.