Nokia 'Catwalk': first images of aluminium-bodied Lumia may have emerged

Nokia's range of Lumia handsets is shaping up pretty nicely. From the flagship Lumia 920 with its mighty camera, all the way down to the cheap and cheerful Lumia 520, there's something to suit all budgets and hardware requirements. 

But we've known for some time that Nokia isn't planning to rest on its laurels, with at least two new handsets due to join its line-up of Windows Phone 8 devices, in addition to the Lumia 920 variant that will shortly launch on Verizon in the US, the Lumia 928. One of those handsets is codenamed 'EOS', which is expected to feature an even better PureView camera than its 920 sibling; yesterday, we also learned it may be the first Windows Phone to launch with a quad-core chipset.

The second device is codenamed 'Catwalk', and as we reported at the beginning of the year, that device will feature an aluminium body, addressing criticisms of heavy weight in the two high-end Lumias, the 820 and 920. Today, WPCentral spotted a couple of images that were posted on the Chinese sites Sina Weibo and Baidu, which purport to publicly reveal the design of 'Catwalk' for the first time. 

The images show a device featuring aluminium edges, with edge-to-edge glass on the front and a plastic rear, with a raised extrusion - or a 'bump' if you prefer - for the camera, along with what appears to be twin-LED flash. The headphone jack, microUSB port and SIM card slot are all at the top of the device. On the rear, you can just about make out what appears to be a partially-removed Nokia logo across the centre. 

Earlier this month, detailed specs for Catwalk were revealed by a previously reliable Italian blogger, who noted that the handset will be just 8.4mm thick, with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.5-inch HD (1280x768px) display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, along with an 8.7MP camera. 

It's expected that the device will be announced next month, possibly at an event in London on May 15. 

Source and images: Sina Weibo / Baidu | via WPCentral

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On the first picture, the camera button is kinda missing. Cant be that low where the photo ends? Or am i wrong?

So basically a 720 (design wise, minus that bump) with better internals. It sort of looks like the Huawei Ascend a bit.

I'll stick with the 920... that just looks, lumpy and blah. But this is the beast phone right? I guess those lumps pack a punch, if it's real.

People are to used to light flimsy phones like the S3 and call the 920 a heavyweight. I for one prefer a heavy solid Phone. It doesnt flexes (unlike almost every other Phone) can take a punch.
Maybe if you have tiny girlish hands its to big. I do think its more of a manphone due to its size. My contract is 2 years, hope by the next upgrade has some heavy sturdy Nokia's.

No other Phone maker seems to match Nokia's build quality so far, doubt they ever will. For me the strongest selling point.

I call bull****. Nokia are trying to get away from 'holes everywhere' to have a device with little to know ports. Having all those ports on one side just makes it look ugly. I don't think this'll be the final catwalk.

It's not fake. You can take my word for that, and yes you can come back to this post later to berate me if it's fake... but you won't be doing that because it's real

That looks awful.

I think it's fake, the USB is on top and we know the standard is to now have the USB on the bottom.

siah1214 said,
That looks awful.

I think it's fake, the USB is on top and we know the standard is to now have the USB on the bottom.


Could be MicroHDMI on top.

siah1214 said,
That looks awful.

I think it's fake, the USB is on top and we know the standard is to now have the USB on the bottom.


Yeah. Also, it doesn't have the "proto.nokia.com" thing etched at the back.

maxslaterrobins said,
Why is there a lump? WHYYYYYYYY?!

Because some people, including most reviewers on tech sites, whined about the thickness of the 920 preventing them from carrying the device around in their skinny pants, which they have to do because their man purses were too full of feminine napkins.

IOW, the lump makes it possible to have a nice camera with a thinner device.

Scroogled said,

Because some people, including most reviewers on tech sites, whined about the thickness of the 920 preventing them from carrying the device around in their skinny pants, which they have to do because their man purses were too full of feminine napkins.

Well aren't you just the epitome of being comfortable with one's own sexuality.

Seems the trend is women are carrying the bigger phones and men want the smaller, thinner, lighter ones specifically because we do carry them in our slacks and not our purses.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
guys have bigger pockets. and hands.

The size of men's pockets compared to women's really doesn't matter if women are putting their phones in bags. Unless your pockets can fit a laptop, women have you beat for available space for phone storage. Dashel's got the right of this.

i know someone who can fit like an iPad in their pocket (guy) and guys carry their phones in their pockets. Most women i know carry theirs in their butt pockets (we all know why) which usually are small

They do it because their back pockets are the only pocket they have that can hold more than a tube of lipstick (short of sticking it in their bras, but I bet you know why they do that too huh?)

Ezekiel Carsella said,
i live in the states. cmon man be a MAN u know why they do it.

You sound like you do well at sexual harassment training.

Dushmany said,
There is speculation that the images may be fake, time will tell

The image is real. What's depicted in the image might not be.