Nokia took the world by storm when it announced the Lumia 820 and 920 which were the company’s first WP8 running smartphones. And now, a new report emerging from Redmond Pie suggests that Nokia could be looking to sue fellow WP8 OEM, HTC claiming that they ripped off the design of the Lumia 820 with their brand new HTC 8X smartphone. As both smartphones run the same mobile operating system, the allegations are pertaining to the body construction of the 8X. The smartphone was announced a couple of weeks after the Lumia 820 and the 920 broke cover, so we’re not sure if the similarities are intentional. Regardless, this could either mean that a fierce legal battle is on the cards or probably the matter would be resolved as Microsoft could very likely intervene here.
Nokia claims that the front of the 8X is the culprit as it looks a lot like the Lumia 820. Although the Finnish manufacturer does make a point with its claim, it’s hard to tell if the 8x actually looks like the Lumia 820. Nokia also claims that the overall body and the side portion of the 8X bears resemblance to the said Lumia. Well, that cannot be argued as the side and especially the back has that Lumia feel as evidenced by the press shots available. Nokia wants the device to be banned in certain markets of the world, so as to avoid confusion with the Lumia 820. Remember, this is merely a rumor for now and neither of the companies have responded yet. An out of court settlement is also possible and it could actually be the best solution for this, as Microsoft and HTC will be the losers if the smartphone gets banned.
Both the smartphones will arrive by November which will mark the formal arrival of Windows Phone 8 into the market. Nokia has already begun its heavy marketing campaign for the new Lumias, including one which was very controversial, so there is a big amount of hype surrounding the smartphone(s). And with this new report, we can expect HTC to get some attention too. All in all, the Lumia 820 and the 920 are undoubtedly one of the most awaited smartphones in the Windows Phone arena. It will be interesting to see how Nokia and HTC will resolve this issue. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into another Apple vs Samsung fiasco. Chris Weber from Nokia sent out a tweet which said – “It takes more than matching color to match the innovation of the Lumia 920” which could be a hint at what we’re talking about. But don’t read too much into it as he’s referring to the Lumia 920 and not the 820. Do you think the two bear resemblance? Let us know by dropping a line below.