It’s no secret that Nokia has big plans for 2013, following the company’s abrupt fall from grace and a semi-recovery in 2012 owed mostly to the Lumia 920. But what exactly are the Finns’ plans for the next six months? Will we be seeing just one 920 follow-up? Two? Three? Something else and very special as well?
Well, after gathering the numerous bits and pieces “leaked” to the press lately, we think we’ve started to get an idea of how will Nokia’s new smartphone line-up look. First, it’s almost set in stone that the 920 successor will have special versions for at least three of the four major US carriers – Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
Big Red will be getting the 928, aka Laser, the EOS is reportedly headed to AT&T, while the Catwalk will spice up T-Mobile’s already rich line-up of high-end phones. That last fellow has been making the rumor rounds for several months now, but the biggest story involving it has only come to our attention a few hours ago.
Allegedly, the 4.5-incher has been seen smiling to the camera over in China. The “leak” has to be taken with a good healthy dose of skepticism, but it’s pretty obvious the pics are starring a legit, unreleased Nokia phone.
As rumored, the Catwalk rocks a slim, aluminum-constructed body, although the back does look as it’s made of plastic. Regardless, the thing is a lot more elegant than the Lumia 920, being expected to measure roughly 8.4 mm thin (vs. 10.7 mm).
Besides the slender profile, the Catwalk pictured above draws the attention with a humongous camera module, which, to be frank, looks fugly. And unfortunately, it appears the snapper’s not even going to be of the PureView variation, packing the same decent, but slightly dated 8.7 MP sensor of the Lumia 920 with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash and autofocus.
As for other specs, the pics obviously don’t say much, but, based on earlier speculation, the Catwalk is to sport an HD panel (not Full HD though), a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 1 gig of RAM and a 2,000 mAh battery. A little boring, don’t you think?
Well, we’ll tell you what’s not going to be boring – Nokia’s first ever “phablet”, apparently slated for a summer release. This rumor is much less credible than the ones about Catwalk, but it does come our way via The Verge, a website that usually verifies its “confidential” sources.
Details on the phablet are slim at the time, but apparently the thing will be close in size to Samsung’s Galaxy Notes (meaning 5.3 – 5.5. inches) and boast a full HD resolution. Wait, what? I thought Windows Phone 8 didn’t support 1,080p displays.
Well, it doesn’t at this time, but it should in the near future, and Nokia is looking to be the first to take advantage of the added support. It was about time the Finns took a gamble, don’t you think?