Nokias prior track record with design patents means the above image might be a glimpse of the future. The Finnish companys designs have leaked prematurely through design patents in the past - last year the Lumia 920s design hit the web under the "Phi" codename. This year... we have this.
Theres no codename for this design, just "Nokia Device Design US Patent D675587". Take a closer look at the finer details of the design, and youll notice it shares a few similarities with the Asha 205; a budget phone phone intended for emerging markets. The rear of the Asha 205 has a very similar design, squaring off the camera region.
If youre getting a feeling of déjà vu looking at the design, thats good. The design was one we saw all the way back in August 2011, before the Lumia 800 was even announced. It could be some incredible design foresight on Nokias part, or something else. The render in question:
There are some marginal differences with the render and the design patent, with the flash LED being on the same chrome strip instead of offset, but it is a reminder weve no idea where Nokias phone design is going. Wherever it goes, well probably see another design patent first.