Nokia preparing lighter, thinner Lumia flagship, with aluminium body

Nokia's Lumia 920 has, by many accounts, been something of a hit with smartphone buyers. There have been reports from around the world of the handset selling out - from AT&T in the US and Clove in the UK, to Australia's Telstra describing demand for the device as "beyond amazing". More recently, the launch of the handset in China also generated huge demand.

It's perhaps not surprising, given that the handset has received widespread praise - but one frequent complaint about the 920 is its weight. At 185g, it's one of the heaviest smartphones available, far weightier than the iPhone 5's 112g or even HTC's Windows Phone 8X, which weighs just 130g. But Nokia looks set to address this criticism head on with the 920's successor.

Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is planning a much lighter and thinner successor to its flagship Windows Phone. The handset - known by its internal codename, 'Catwalk' - is said to eschew Nokia's familiar polycarbonate shell, in favour of an aluminium body that will lend itself to a much more svelte device.

Catwalk is reported to be one of at least three new Lumia Windows Phones set to be launched later this year.

Source: The Verge

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Umm don't know about others, but I prefer to feel my phone. I love my Nokia 920, and the weight isn't the issue for me. I hope they don't make it thinner and easy to break, since Nokia 920 is a tank.

I'm a bit annoyed that they are trying to muscle in on the 8X's advantage areas BUT on the same token its pretty cool that they have heard the feedback and are adapting reasonably quickly by the sounds of it, thats the sort of thing that you want out of any manufactuerer,

Haha funny since when I hovered over the Microsoft Booth at the SharePoint conference, my only comment was that the HTC 8X looks a lot prettier and isn't far off spec-wise from the 920. Fast forward a month and I got the 8X with my contract upgrade and one day I put it next to the 920 at Phones4u only to think yes the 8X is more elegant and the only thing it can be jealous of is wireless charging (for non-US owners)

I new this! Before 920 hits Indian stores, something better (and thinner) will be announced/rumoured to be announced!

Hope this time they put a camera that is better than at least N8 (if not the 808), finally giving me a phone that I would want to upgrade to from my N8.

soumyasch said,
Hope this time they put a camera that is better than at least N8 (if not the 808), finally giving me a phone that I would want to upgrade to from my N8.

Were you hibernating under a rock when they announced the specs of the 920 which this rumoured phone would replace. The 920 has one of the best cameras of any phone, probably THE best at night-time shots. The new phone is clearly going to have a camera that matches the 920, or improves upon it..

Please don't go by the specs. Try it out yourself before deciding on the "best"ness. Lumia 920 achieves great night time performance by exposing longer, which limits its usability to static subjects. Shots of people moving around, and you will end up with a blurry mess. For static scene shots, I can anyway get more time to get a stable place and use manual controls to get exposure to close the level of 920. Plus, if you have not seen the problems with 920's daytime shots, I suggest you keep at least an eye open. There is no way 920 even comes close to the N8 as an good-enough-for-all-times camera that will always be in your pocket - one you know will give you usable photos for the times you don't have your DSLR with you.

I am sure they wull have a camera that matches or betters the 920's. And that will probably be sufficient for many people. But not me. I want it to be better than N8 at the very least.

for the love of god please make it a 4" screen so it can be held in one hand, then there will be a decent spec windows phone that isn't the size of a house brick

Richard Cousins said,
for the love of god please make it a 4" screen so it can be held in one hand, then there will be a decent spec windows phone that isn't the size of a house brick

Agreed. The size of the flagship Windows Phone 8 handsets and the Galaxy III are ludicrously huge - I just chuckle when I see them. #fail

Clearly public opinion disagrees with you Richard and Wotsit. If most people wanted smaller phones, supply and demand would result in them making smaller phones. That isn't the case. The same is true for phones with keyboards. If the majority wanted physical keyboards, we'd see more of them.

Richard Cousins said,
for the love of god please make it a 4" screen so it can be held in one hand, then there will be a decent spec windows phone that isn't the size of a house brick

I have to agree. I love the look and build quality of the Lumia 920, but it's just too big... I'd like something a bit smaller to be honest.

TCLN Ryster said,
Clearly public opinion disagrees with you Richard and Wotsit. If most people wanted smaller phones, supply and demand would result in them making smaller phones. That isn't the case. The same is true for phones with keyboards. If the majority wanted physical keyboards, we'd see more of them.

Actually with mobile phones it's the other way around. Manufacturers only make good spec phones in huge sizes nowadays.

Just look what Samsung has done with the S3 mini, they could have just used a dual-core 32nm Exynos chip and down screen resolution to 960x540 but instead of that they nixed it to a puny dual-core 45nm generic Cortex A9 at 800x480, which for a Pentile AMOLED screen at 4 inches means you will be noticing sub-pixel edges all the time. For gods sake, my LG Optimus 2x that has almost 2 years has a better screen at that size with the same dated CPU.

This means, Samsung knew there was demand for a smaller S3 phone, but they just missed the requirements mark by miles and now their interpretation of the market is "they don't want smaller phones" instead of "they don't want the crap we are putting out"

There's a reason why the iPhone sells well and nobody is asking for a bigger screen phone (people even cringed at the bigger iPhone 5). Apple is the only manufacturer putting the same or better CPU/GPU combination with a top of the line IPS panel on a 4 inch phone, something that other manufacturers are only doing at the 4.7+inch mark.

I hope Telus gets it. I have 10 months until the end of my contract, this would be a pefect time for a new Nokia device to come out

2xSilverKnight said,
Rogers as the exclusivity on it.

Which is absolutely BS in my books, but I did, twice.
My wife and I are both rocking 920s now!

From what I read theres rumor that Rogers only had 6 months exclusivity on it. That may be the case though when the new Lumia comes out and youd have to wait even longer. Telus really sucks sometimes for getting devices.

Skwerl said,
Damn, I just keep waiting for T-Mobile to get a better Lumia. Maybe this will be the one.

Yeah, same for Verizon...

I am 100 percent sure this new phone will be coming to Verizon and will be exclusive to them for a little while. A little birdie at Verizon told me.

That can be ascertained from Elop's recent comments, though. Your little birdie needs to be more forthcoming if you want to be commenting royalty, missy.