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Nokia Lumia 920 Successor Could be Aluminum

By - Source: The Verge | B 21 comments

Polycarbonate has composed every Lumia since its inception.

The next Nokia Lumia smartphone may be made out of aluminum instead of the typical polycarbonate.

Polycarbonate (plastic) is what's composed every Lumia since its inception. However, The Verge, citing "sources familiar with Nokia's plans", said the next smartphone in the Lumia slate will be made out of aluminum.

Purportedly code-named the Nokia Catwalk, the future Lumia handset will be the successor to Nokia's Lumia 920 flagship Windows phone, with an aluminum frame possibly making the unannounced device thinner and lighter. As well as the Catwalk, two other Lumia smartphones are also said to scheduled for a 2013 launch.

Nokia has previously incorporated an aluminum design in its handsets. The Finnish phone manufacturer's N8 from 2010 sported a metal casing in a variety of colors.

Several high profile smartphones sport a polycarbonate design, including HTC's Windows Phone 8X, Samsung's Galaxy S3, while the iPhone 5 and HTC One S feature aluminum on their chassis.

 

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    halcyon , January 4, 2013 2:35 AM
    Aircraft-grade aluminium is welcome but that soda-can stuff Apple is using on the iP5 is weak, scratch-prone cheapness.
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    Parsian , January 4, 2013 2:25 AM
    Please throw in the 808's camera sensor and sound recording. PLEASE!!!
    To see the capabilities of the sensor watch these:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x717XQHfq_U

    and this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-IJIrl1G9g
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    fleeb , January 4, 2013 2:31 AM
    Why not Mg?
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    halcyon , January 4, 2013 2:35 AM
    Aircraft-grade aluminium is welcome but that soda-can stuff Apple is using on the iP5 is weak, scratch-prone cheapness.
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    dns7950 , January 4, 2013 2:39 AM
    ParsianPlease throw in the 808's camera sensor and sound recording. PLEASE!!!To see the capabilities of the sensor watch these:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x717XQHfq_Uand thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-IJIrl1G9g

    +1
    Give it the optical image stabilzation of the lumia 920, with the 41MP sensor of the 808 for zooming, and the HAAC mics of the 808 for concert audio, and im sold. I wouldn't care if it's an inch thick, weighs a pound and costs $800, id still pay it just because there's no competition.
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    Pinhedd , January 4, 2013 3:21 AM
    fleebWhy not Mg?


    Magnesium is more expensive than Aluminum and doesn't really offer better scratch resistance
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    wardoc22 , January 4, 2013 3:59 AM
    The lumia 800's and 900's were incepted from the nokia n9.

    :\ I have an n9 myself. Harmattan is far better than windows phone imo..
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    _TuxUser_ , January 4, 2013 7:17 AM
    ParsianPlease throw in the 808's camera sensor and sound recording. PLEASE!!


    Everything depends on when they can get drivers to support the PureView camera, according to some sources within ms it will not be before second half this year. This is the reason why the PureView 808 is running Symbian.
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    Bloob , January 4, 2013 7:24 AM
    I really doubt it. Polycarbonate is just a better material for phones. Nokia sure can do a better job of their aluminum phones than Apple, but it would still make their life unnecessarily difficult. It's fine to use aluminum if all you have to do is your basic radio signals ( have other materials where the antennas are ), but in that case you can say good bye to NFC and wireless charging.

    These seems more like a rumor made to support Apples decision to go with aluminum, but I am willing to bet that the next iPhone won't be aluminum either.
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 7:55 AM
    Well this is Zak so hes probably hinting that apple is best and everyone follows them
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    tomfreak , January 4, 2013 8:21 AM
    please add in water resistant
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    JackFrost860 , January 4, 2013 10:06 AM
    please don't make it a brick, like the 920.
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    house70 , January 4, 2013 10:49 AM
    BloobI really doubt it. Polycarbonate is just a better material for phones. Nokia sure can do a better job of their aluminum phones than Apple, but it would still make their life unnecessarily difficult. It's fine to use aluminum if all you have to do is your basic radio signals ( have other materials where the antennas are ), but in that case you can say good bye to NFC and wireless charging. These seems more like a rumor made to support Apples decision to go with aluminum, but I am willing to bet that the next iPhone won't be aluminum either.

    This. Why go with a material that begs for trouble with radios, instead of a more solid/better looking/radio-friendly PCB? Sounds stupid to me.
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    fuzzion , January 4, 2013 2:32 PM
    If they refuse to offer an android version, im afraid their hole they are in is deeper than Carmen Electra
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    ethanolson , January 4, 2013 4:57 PM
    I think magnesium would be better because you can matte texture it much better than aluminum, which would be very cool.
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    halcyon , January 4, 2013 5:52 PM
    ^ I would be willing to pay a premium for Mg and perhaps you would too but some folks may want the lowest price possible, even at the expense of lower quality build materials.
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    madooo12 , January 4, 2013 9:24 PM
    ParsianPlease throw in the 808's camera sensor and sound recording. PLEASE!!!To see the capabilities of the sensor watch these:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x717XQHfq_Uand thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-IJIrl1G9g

    oh and a symbian or meego model too, not saying WP8 is bad, but Meego and symbian are great
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    threehosts , January 5, 2013 6:59 AM
    halcyonAircraft-grade aluminium is welcome but that soda-can stuff Apple is using on the iP5 is weak, scratch-prone cheapness.

    I didn't know that there was such a thing. When searching for it, it turns out that "air craft grade" means aluminium alloy, or AlMgSi as the industry calls it. I learned back in my high school that AlMgSi is the standard material for high voltage / long distance power transmission lines, but they never called it aircraft grade aluminium (or aircraft grade aluminum for that matter ;) ).
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    halcyon , January 5, 2013 12:26 PM
    Samsung should use it if it doesn't mess up the radios.
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    CaedenV , January 6, 2013 3:07 AM
    I like my plastic lumia 920. It looks very nice and clean at all times, and has already shown excelent scuff and scratch resistance while I am on my 'keys don't go in the phone pocked' learning curve. While I do not want a cheap plastic, I would actively avoid having a metal phone because there is no chance that a metal phone will survive me (and I am a careful guy) over the 2 years of my contract. A high quality plastic phone actually stands half a chance.
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    CaedenV , January 6, 2013 3:11 AM
    Bloob but I am willing to bet that the next iPhone won't be aluminum either.

    my bet is that the next iPhone has metal edges, glass front, and then a glass or plastic back. Wireless charging seems dumb when you first hear about it... but when you have it there is no going back, and I don't think there will be a premium phone on the market without it by the end of the year, and the same goes for NFC.
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