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First images of Nokia’s aluminum Lumia, codenamed ‘Catwalk’, have surfaced [Updated]

We have no way of verifying the authenticity of these two images, but it appears to be of the upcoming Nokia Lumia ‘Catwalk’, a follow up to the Lumia 920 that reportedly sports a new aluminum chassis to help reduce the size and weight. The images showed up on the popular Chinese social network Sina Weibo.

No other details were given, but earlier information about Catwalk stated the device as having 4.5” display with an OCTA display, S4 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 16GB of storage (down from 32GB), 2000mAh battery and an 8.7MP OIS camera with LED flash.

Nokia Lumia Catwalk

As a result of the new body, the device is 50 grams lighter (just 132g) than the current Lumia 920 and is supposedly about 2.3mm less in thickness (8.4 versus 10.7mm on the 920).

From the image, we can see that the microSIM door on top matches the Lumia 720's and indeed, it has the same "three dots" on the back for a wireless charging backplate. While moving the microUSB (or is it an HDMI out port?) to the top may seem unusual, we must remember that it is not a requirement that it be on the bottom of the device and OEMs can move things around.

The timing of the device was reported to be for a May 15th announcement with a late June availability. T-Mobile US is expected to pick up the device as well as other international carriers.

Verizon will launch a similar, but non-aluminum device called the Lumia 928 aka ‘Laser’ in the coming weeks.

Update (5:25PM ET): We have spoken to someone familiar with this alleged device who can confirm that it is indeed, accurate. Because of that we've bumped the rum'o'meter from an initial '5' to an '8' (from an early corroboration) to a '10', meaning we have very high confidence in these images. Whether or not they are early or late prototype, we don't know.

Source: Sina Weibo, Baidu; Thanks,  AIKON, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Nokia wouldn't move the charging port back to the top.
  • +1
  • Why wouldn't they? It's not a spec of WP8 hardware. The microSIM door also matches the 720's design as do the same wireless charging dots on the back.
  • The hope is that it would become standard on the bottom and we could get some docking accessories at some point. 
  • Some cool docks would be nice, but windows phones need to push more volume for docks to be really profitable
  • Hope all you want. I can 100% tell you that it is NOT a standard. Even the 8x and 920 have it on the bottom, but reversed direction.
  • I was not aware of that.  What a missed opportunity to some day have accessories.  But in reality, everyone is leaving that thinking behind.  Even Apple changed their port which caused issues in this area. NFC / Bluetooth is the future.
  • Don't you think it's weird that HTC, who uses a side mounted port on pretty much every recent phone they have built, also put in on the bottom? If HTC had a history of putting it all over the place from phone to phone then I'd think it was just an unlikely coincidence. But the fact that they have (and continue to) put it on the side on every recent phone makes it seem like there must be something more going on.
  • Can't stress this enough... there is nothing going on. 
  • Microsoft recently stated that they are not making a Surface phone because they already have enough control over the current OEMs.
    No matter who designed it and what the reasons were, all of the past designs required some sort of approval from Microsoft.
    If Microsoft approved it, that's all that matters.
  • The Droid DNA and HTC One both have bottom ports, and they're newer phones.
  • I thought it was mandated to have the USB charger at the bottom center?
  • What other phones have charging next to the sim slot? I dont think its a good idea, so i think its a HDMI output.
  • I also thought this HTC would've probably made their usb port on the side for the 8X just like the other 10 million phones they have. 
  • The Droid DNA and HTC One both have bottom ports, and they're newer phones.
  • True but just about every other previous Gen HTC phone has has a side charging port.
  • Look what I found.
  • Docking?! I hope we'll do away with wires and docks in favor of being completely wireless.
  • Youre thinking backwards joe. You gotta understand that wireless charging and bluetooth docking system will be the norm. So regardless of cable on the bottom or top it doesnt really matter.
  • I am ready for that! Hopefully the cost comes down a little as it becomes more popular.
  • The trouble with the Nokia phones that charge from the top is that when you're low on battery and need to make/continue a call by plugging into power, having a cable coming from the bottom of the phone is fine, but one from the top really gets in the way.
    I agree about wireless charging being the norm, but it doesn't help when you need to be using the phone up to your face and charging at the same time. I suppose you could hold the charging plate up to your head, but that doesn't sound incredibly safe to me :)
  • Honestly I could have sworned I read an article somewhere that said they were trying to make that a standard for wp8
  • Same here
  • Also, uncovered ports at the top aren't exactly ideal in rain.
  • Uncovered ports on the bottom though are a big lint trap.  Not to mention reducing the faces requiring cutouts means less cost.
  • Yes it is... WP8 spec is USB on bottom center of device.
  • Source?
  • Looks more like a micro HDMI port
  • That's what it is
  • That is correct, and the back bump tells that this has a monster camera. EOS sounds more like it.
  • Or because the device is thinner, the camera has a bulge. 
  • I hope they make a thicker phone so I don't have an ugly fucking bump on the back of my phone
  • Same here.  I'll gladly take a 1.5 or 2mm thicker body in order to avoid an ugly camera bump.
  • Even better, fill up that 2mm with battery. I hope the 720 is an indication of the direction Nokia will be heading in - longer battery life and sleeker designs.
  • Definitely agree here, the Lumia 900 was as thin as I want or need (I still manage to touch the sides of the screen when one handed sometimes).  Fill out that extra space with battery, make sure it has an SD card slot and they have my money, I'm really not a fan at all of the camera bulge, the original HTC One had that design and it always did look like a baleful eye :P
  • I was thinking same...that bump is making it too ugly IMO!!
  • Depends on the camera. If that actually is a 40MP camera then I'm willing to accept a *whole* lot of ugly :)
  • An EOS without Xenon flash? no way!
  • ^ This.
  • Capacitors would add more bulk to the design, I personally would like an N8 like device (large 12MP sensor  + xenon with easily exchangeable battery).
  • Me too would not mind a bigger hump that included Xenon flash and loudspeaker port, like in the N8 and 808, but I sure hope it won't look like this: Anyway, the camera does not seem to be huge enough for this to be the EOS.
    If this is Catwalk, then what is the Lumia 928 Verizon phone with Xenon flash that leaked earlier?
  • Verizon's Lumia 928 is codenamed "Laser".
  • OK, thanks. That's three high-end devices to be released by Nokia over the next months, then. Although, at this point I expect that the EOS launch will be delayed until later in the year.
    Well, let's wait and see how good the camera on the Catwalk is. If it's at least N8 quality, I may consider getting one while waiting for the EOS.
  • Presumably the wireless charging accessory would add just enough bulk that the camera would be flush with it.
  • Definitely a micro USB port, not a micro HDMI port.  The micro HDMI is fatter, the port on this abomination of a Nokia is long and thin thus micro USB.  You can compare what they look like:
  • +1 no way its going top, docking will be impossible.
  • That's probably what those three dots are used for.
  • A 10 in the rumometer means this is at least a proto for 'Catwalk'.. In the final version they will move it to the bottom..
  • I was also thinking this is probably a prototype and that's why it looks rough around the edges.
  • That port on the top could be that rumored micro-HDMI out we've started to hear about no? microUSB and micro-HDMI look mighty similar at a quick glance. The USB port could still be on the bottom edge.
  • I love my 920, weight is not an issue, I'll pass. Where is Windows 9 or 8.1???
  • I too liked the heft of the 920, felt solid
  • +1
  • +1
  • +1
  • +1 I agree. I also like the solid design of the 920.
  • I don't too heavy. Waste of bezel makes it the size of a 4.8 inch phone although just a 4.5 screen.
  • I agree with you 200% and it has always been my point about the 920, it is a 4.5 device in 4.8 body. lots of wasted screen area with bezels
  • Same here.  The size, weight, and angles of the 920 are perfect.  It's a pleasure to use the device.
  • I love my 920 too but I do find it a bit too heavy for what I want in a phone.
  • Agree!!
  • Agree with you. At first I first i thought the weight was going to be an issue, but it's not at all really. In fact, its a heavy, expensive feel that gives the phone a premium feeling. Now carrying any other lighter phones would feel like a plastic toy.
  • Seems legit.  Is that a micro USB port on the top of the phone? And the connectors on the back tell me that wireless charging is not built in. 
  • I was wondering if wireless charging would work through aluminum... maybe it needs to be external?
  • The back seems to be plastic. They probably left it out to save weight and to make the phone thinner.
  • Wireless charging works through magnetism. Aluminum has no affect on magnetism so Wireless Charging should be fine.
  • Thanks for that info!
  • No problem! My physics class I just took involved the study of magnetic induction. Helped me understand so much about wireless charging.
    Essentially, as long as nothing interferes with the magnets it works. The closer the the receiver is to the transmitter, the more voltage there is. Less distance = faster charging.
    You might have seen a bunch of DIY magnetic charging stuff, like wireless charging nightstands etc. While nothing interferes with the magnets in these setups, the distance between the charging pad and the phone is usually increased, so I'd bet that they charge slower than normal. :)
  • So if you put the phone face down, will it damage the screen? =/
  • How about just not doing that?
  • Thank you for realizing science! I think the wireless charger receiver can as thin as a couple sheets of paper.
  • But you can induce a current in aluminum. I remember doing this experiment as a kid:
    ETA: This is a much more fun experiment!
  • Awesome post/find! I read through the lab and understand what's going on. While it's possible to generate a current in aluminum using the magnets, it will not interupt the magnetic induction that is passing through it.
    So essentially, this will not affect magnetic induction, but could possible generate electrical currents in the aluminum as a side-affect. My guess is that the current generated in the aluminum is easy to prevent, it's too minimal to matter for anything, or it's possible to negate the effects by grounding the circuit.
    Thanks for teaching me something new! :)
  • The eddy currents induced in the aluminum would generate a little heat. If they designed the aluminum just right the eddy currents could be minimized.
  • Logic seems sound but is not correct in practice. The reduction in performance due to a metal layer between the charging coil and the receiver would not be acceptable. While charging may still work it will be less efficient (creating more heat and slower charging).
  • Does the HTC one have wireless charging? Because it is aluminum.
  • Hi guys, the discussion is kind of moot becayse it will not have built in wireless charging like the 920.
    However wireless charging covers will be made available after sales begin (that work exactly like the 720's snap on covers). However they will be covers like the 720 and not shells like the 820. You can confirm this anyway by looking at the three dots at the back of the phone. They are exactly like the 720 and are connectors for the coil in the covers.
    Replaceable plastic backs and such could be possible, no info on that since no info on what stage this prototype is
  • Palm returns!
  • Urgh... thats one ugly phone... Wireless charging seems to be optional just like on the 720.
    Definitely a step backwards from the 920
  • looks like one of Huawei's windows phones eh?
  • Yes, especially with that hideous camera bump 
  • Maybe the Wireless Charging shell will have uniform thickness and no bump? one can hope.
  • I was just thinking that. Yuck
  • I totally agree. It looks really cheap to me and since i love the unibody design on my 920 I would never by something that looks like that. The seams in this body look something out of the ugly Samsung S3. 
  • A miracle if it comes to T-Mobile...
  • I think the back is ugly
  • Agreed. This is not at all up to the standard of nokia design that I would want it to be. I am all for them working on a thinner, lighter phone by going with aluminum (though I prefer the material of the 900/920), but not if it is going to look like that picture.
  • I agree it doesn't look great, but for those of us who think the 920 is too thick and too heavy, this is the direction Nokia need to be moving in (it's actually where they should have been 6months ago imo)
  • I'm also in agreement with this. I feel like mostly I don't like the back because the camera very suddenly juts out. It doesn't have that nice gradual slope like the 808 does.
  • Is it me or does the bezel or middle part around the phones body look aluminum while the back looks soft touch or some other different material?
  • That's what I was thinking as well. I would've assumed in moving to aluminum they would stick with a unibody design.
  • Right, the only issue with that is that the antennas need to radiate through somewhere, and you don't want this to be only the glass front, or else all radiation will traverse your head while calling. Even the HTC One is not truly unibody, at least not in the same sense as the N9 and the fabula design Lumias are.
  • Don't know what I was expecting, but it's not that. BLAAAAA
  • Looks more like the EOS, most definitely not the Catwalk.
  • "16GB of storage (down from 32GB)"
    That's not acceptble, especially for a "flagship" device
  • What are you talking about? The catwalk is not intended to be a flagship device.
  • 920 is a flagship device right? Article says catwalk "a follow up to the Lumia 920".
  • Follow up does not denote that it will be a flagship device. The Catwalk is going to be more of a 920 variant, the EOS is going to be the next flagship device.
  • Looks like the mildly retarded off spring of an HTC and a Lumia. 
  • That's a dumb thing to say
  • That's a dumb thing to reply.
  • You obviously haven't been out in the world enough to know to slandering something my calling retarded or gay, is generally offensive. Grow up.
  • I call a lot of people retarded because they act like it.
    If you're gay and you take offense to me saying "gay" then why are you gay?
  • It's not the 90's anymore... =P
  • That's a dumb thing to read.
  • Lol.
  • Agreed. The back especially reminds me of the HTC OneX.
  • Yep!
  • The back looks like the Huawei Accend W1!! Not ugly, but not Nokia Lumia!! I'd be disappointed if this was production...
  • Needs a paint job I guess. Its hideous looking
  • Lol!!
  • Lol
  • Def looks like charger at the top! Works better than bottom anyday IMO
  • Step backwards in design for Nokia if thats real
  • The 900 had the port on the top. So them trying the design again doesn't seem radical to me. I'd rather have both on the bottom though.
  • As long as the final version doesn't have that ugly gray I'll be interested.
  • I hate camera bumps. Not liking this design at all... I hope they won't stop making the polycarbonate phones... They look much better.
  • Don't hate on them, the PureView 808 has one big camera bump... to pack a 41 MP sensor! So when a high end Lumia inevitably gets a huge camera sensor it will need that bump. You just can't physically pack that much camera powah into a thin device.... yet.
  • For a 41MP Pureview I would expect (though still hate) the bump.  I guess we'll see what this has...
    But I won't be buying a phone with a camera bump unless there's no other choice suitable for me... a very major visual detrator imo.
  • Everyone is a little different. For me I'd gladly take the bump if it meant leaving the DSLR for travel and only needing it for serious work. 
  • Agreed! As a photographer, I WOULD MOST DEFINITELY take the hump over carrying a DSLR/or P&S camera with me at all times.  The 808 has definitely served it's purpose this last year in my pockets.  Great camera, great photos, great phone. 
  • I think there are much more attractive ways to accomplish this.  If the hump wasn't so pronounced it would be a lot more accpetable... taper it down much more gradually.  As is, it just looks horrible ot me.
    Though I guess if the wireless shell fits around it this might be the best way to do it... guess we'll have to see.
  • The song will be "My Humps" by The Black Eyed =P
  • No 32gb. I will pass.
  • Not if Gandalf does the know how he is! =P
  • LOL I totally wish I could post meme's/pics on this website.
  • Lol
  • I'm holding out for a wooden Lumia.
  • Nice!
  • Maybe that would increase reception!! Lol!!
  • Lol!!!!
  • The back side looks odd. The camera should have been like the 920's but with a Xenon flash. :)
  • So like the 928?
  • Yeah like the 928. Btw once U snap on the back cover with wireless charging th camera bump won't be noticeable I guess. it will be flattened out I think. If that's correct then the phone will look great :)
  • Looks ok, but definitely prefer the look of the 920. Also what does the Rumor o' meter say?! I can't move on without an official WPC rating :P
  • It's a 5... could go either way.  Read what Dan said below and updated in the post.   
  • Due to corroborating information, it's been bumped to an '8'.
  • Hmm, sorry about that, I commented from the WPC app, and for some reason it didn't show up in the article. It's there now though. Must have been in an area with poor reception.
  • Ew-ie like HTC
  • I want moar color!!
  • The back is hideous.
  • The YOU is hideous! =P
  • That's what she said.
  • That is the ugliest piece of poop I've ever seen
  • +1
  • He called the piece"poop"! =P
  • I love my focus but that was the only downside charging port .
  • The Flash is back where the 800 had it. Did people start preferring portrait pictures over landscape? In other words, I'm doubtful about the finality of this design. I don't care for the camera hump. You can't lay the phone flat properly, and the spot in the phone that I want damaged least protrudes? Surely not.
  • I was noticing the same thing about the camera lens being a bit exposed with the hump... Might be a better camera than the 920 considering the size, but it doesn't matter that much if it gets forced every time you lay the phone down away from the fatboy pillow :| hope it's a fake
  • yeah, not sure what to make of this...
    It's not a bad looking phone... and keep in mind that the final pics almost always look better.  I miss the long black rounded-strip with the Nokia and PureView branding that visually hangs down from the lense on the 920.  Nokia has some decent variations of this badging on other models.  It would have been nice to see some sort of design element that keeps that dark strip.
    The pic of the back seems odd.  There is only some blurred glyphs below the camera, not the expected Nokia badging that is at least etched/painted in lower models.  That makes me think this is an early prototype and doesn't have all the final styling elements.
  • That is clearly a HDMI port
  • Clearly...
  • This part looks quite edited (the part where the NOKIA-text is supposed to be, in the back)

  • I ran the image through "PS Killer". No anomalies detected.
  • I'll have to wait until I have it my hands for a final judgment, until then it looks pretty bland on photo...
  • Either way I want more info stat on the EOS and Catwalk. I can finally upgrade and want to know when these will hit!
  • This doesn't look like a Nokia 9xx Lumia phone... The design language is really different in my point of view. The glass seems to be flat, while customer demand seems to appreciate curved glass and I would think Nokia would continue this route (check out the L928 pics). the back is really odd, the camera rounded out like that, it looks like HTC or Huawei... The back material doesn't look like aluminum, more a matte plastic surface. Plus the top micro-usb looks just silly, best way to get dirt/lint in it... If that is a Lumia, which I hope it's not, it looks more like a 8xx phone than a 9xx one... I mean, just compare the 920 design with this... It pretty much speaks for itself. 
  • Agreed. Not only is this phone hella ugly, but it doesn't look like a Lumia at all. I have a Focus S, which is very thin and light, and I was looking forward to a thinner 920 to make the transition easier for me. If this is what the new phone looks like, however, I will suck it up and get a 920.
    Also, what's the point of having a thinner phone just to have you clip on a charching plate?
  • oh god this phone looks so ugly
  • Terrible...usb port on top fail, camera bump super fail (HTC, Huawei?), and overall very boring. Hoping this is fake as can be. The only upgrade is a tad lighter and sliver thinner? Last thing my 920 needs is a new CPU, current Gen is smooth as can be.
  • I was hoping that Nokia would do something bolder. If that is the real deal it's high on the "meh" factor. It reminds me of some of the early HTC Windows 7 phones.
  • These are not official photos. Camera hump! Hoping for something better.
  • In Canton, Camera Hump is a delicacy...wait, is that wrong? =P
  • If this is it, it's simply atrocious.
  • That's what she said.
  • If the bump on the back is so pronounced ...why does the first pic look like it's laying so flat ?  
  • This just does not look like a Nokia design. HTC or Moto maybe.
    And with only 16GB onboard, it better have storage expansion available. I don't know why handset manufacturers continue to skimp on storage.
  • I thought it was going to have a Xenon flash?
  • Nice body Nokia lol looks good
  • This would be the ugliest Nokia ever if true.  Hideous.
  • Ohhhhh they made a lot worse !
  • I think judging a device by possible prototype designs is a bit presumptuous. Or to put it another way: for every Lumia device that has been leaked during the prototype phase, commenters have lamented its looks, only to fall for it badly when it goes to market.
  • Yeah! I mean, who made all you guys the arbiter of good looks, anyhow? Tell 'em, Daniel... =P
  • i think ill stick with my 920.
    1. i will not upgrade again to a phone with less memory than my current phone.
    2. with a hump that big if its not at least a 12mp what the fuck is it there for?
    if the finished product looks anything like that i might upgrade to something else, lets see what happens.
  • Sony makes flat back phones with 12MP Cameras ...
    Unless they are pulling a page from HTC's design book ! (Desire HD , EVO & One X comes to mind)
  • MP isnt all that matters. Bigger sensors doesn't really mean more MP's. Sensor could be amazing and it could be 8mp and it'll still have the hump. I think they need to go about it differently though. The desgin scheme is pretty awful. Maybe with some color and unitbody it'll be better. I was expecting ATIV S type desgin, that phone is gorgeous.
  • Welp, its official. The WPcentral community is being overun by a**holes
  • Come on, you're not THAT bad... ;p
  • Please, no micro USB on the top. I loved that they moved it 920... But this doesn't look like somethign design wise Nokia would out, or that is my hope.
  • The corners in the 1st picture are a bit HTC 8Xish !
  • If the "catwalk" is going to be Nokia's next flagship, I'm sure it won't be spec'd the same as the current flagship.
  • I'm not sure it is the next flagship. That spot is reserved for EOS.
  • I think the next one is wp8 with eos by the end of the year. It cannot be taking that long considering the way phones upgrade every year with nice features.
  • I seriously hope, this is not an EOS!!
  • I like it on the top better, means I can still use my phone upright while its charging at the desk.
  • I don't understand the complaining about the camera hump. Sure, it could have maybe been designed better, but if they are going to fit a camera like the 920's into a thinner body, isn't a camera hump necessary? I'm all for the flat back and thicker phone like the 920, but a lot of people complained about the thickness. So it is either thinner phone with a hump, or lesser camera.
  • Agreed.
  • ^Yes This! You get what you asked for!
  • The key misunderstanding here is that it may not be the same people complaining about the hump vs those that complained about the thickness. I, for example, hate the hump but couldn't care less about the 920's thickness. Why do internet posters assume the same people who are complaining now were the ones complaining earlier?
  • I'm not gonna lie. That thing is ugly.
  • Ok, but what do you think about the phone? ;)
  • That's what she said said.
  • Its obvious that Nokia or any other company for that matter, is not always going to score a "home run" with every new piece of hardware. But I'm betting that new innovations will always be forthcoming from them. Their phones are A1 in my books, and I truthfully can't see anyone out doing them when it comes to Windows Phone. I have owned their products for many years, and have never been dissatisfied. My 920 is simply the best phone I have ever owned, and should be good enough for me for the next 18 months or so. The ideah of a lighter aluminum body is a somewhat appealing ideah, but I am not bothered a bit by my heavy rugged phone, that feels so excellent in the hand. Plus I will need to see a significant bump in specs, before I am tempted to get a new one.
  • idea*
  • Surely that must be somekind of a prototype version. Is codename Catwalk supposed to refer to thinnes or good looks...either way this doesn't look too good. 
  • i think you are right. this should be a prototype or something..
  • Looks like a 7xx or 8xx series to me, not 9xx...
  • Marko Athisaari would never have approved this design.
  • +1000
  • If this a follow up as the article stated or a variant, then why lessen the storage to 16gb? Thats not an improvement nor keeping par. Good thing none of this is yet confirmed
  • It's gotta be a variant of the 920, it has the same specs.
    EOS will be the follow-up and I hope they do a better job with the design than this.
  • Looks odd to me, I was holding out for this phone on T-Mo, but if it does come out looking like this I'll be happy with the 810.
  • If these specs are indeed accurate, what kind of message is Nokia sending by offering us(T-Mobile) a 16gb high-end phone while AT&T gets essentially the same phone but with more memory? Don't get me wrong, I will be getting this device if something concrete and official is announced by the supposed date or middle May but I know I will be settling. 16gb without memory expansion should not be in the same sentence with flagship or high end. And if nothing is announced I will be getting the HTC One. I waited long enough.
  • its called cloud service.  even i dont save pics on my phone anymore.  music is dealt through subscription via xbox music, spotify or nokia music, and documents are on my skydrive.  Apps come and go, and trust me, youll be deleting the ones you dont use as much.
  • Apps and music content aren't the problem. When you start installing these huge games on your phone, that space begins to dissipate quite rapidly. Besides when you're talking about a flagship device, wouldn't you rather just keep the content you want on your device and have the option of cloud services rather than having to decide what to keep and what to delete? Besides you can't even stream movie content through XBox music yet so you would need to store those files on the device.
  • I have Netflix for streaming.
  • So do I and does Netflix have the latest episodes of Game of Thrones or Scandal? Maybe they have the latest movies that came out. They don't. We shouldn't have to be confined to 16gb of internal storage. Thank you for your comments.
  • Firstly, let me say hello to everyone, I am new to WP Central. Secondly, that is the nastiest looking phone I have seen in my whole life. These pics are so fake, they should say 'made in China'. Furthermore, Nokia wouldn't design anything like this. It's like the 'Frankenstein' of all known phones, with a L520 screen on a L900 body, topped off with a Huawei back panel.
  • First of all, Welcome! Second, it actually DOES say something about China... =P
  • Thank you, but you don't get my point, the story and pics are fake, hence the comment about saying 'made in china' -- as you are aware China loves faking 'top brand' names. This leak is to get more visits to which ever website produced it first -- kind of sad really.....
  • Don't think Nokia won't make ugly designs. Look at the freaking box of a design they threw together for the Lumia 810 on T-Mobile. Its terrible! So don't think Nokia won't just throw something out there "just because", because they have and they may again. Secondly, hello and welcome to WP
  • Cheers RaRa85, I get what you mean but this thing is beyond ugly, and it looks cheap (no matter what colour you paint it). Not only that, why would anyone buy this 'supposed' flagship model, when they can buy a Huawei for less money? The camera looks like a big deformed nipple... Lol
  • Prefer my 920's design over the pimpled back of this but might well look better in person. The most important thing is to have more carriers with a range of models.
  • Perhaps the phone has USB OTG support and/or MHL?  That would be a welcome addition to WP.
  • Ok, a stretch but could this also be one of the EOS models?
  • I'm pretty skeptical that this is a finished product, if authentic at all. Some people want the Qi built in, but I prefer to customize with different shells, or go without if I'm traveling. Someone ask that guy who allegedly saw one at mwc if this is legit :)
  • Very uninspiring design to be honest.
  • Got to much resemblance of the HTC One X on the back.
  • It is... ugly. It lacks style :(
  • I hope the design will stay to the Lumia 920/800. I really want a phone with that design
  • The look is more akin to an HTC device. I like it but they could have made it look more like the 920 or even like my 900.
  • The front doesn't look bad, but the back just doesn't look right.
  • Looks kind of ugly IMO. And doesn't seem to sport a unibody design. I think I'll pass. I was hoping they would refine the current design to something even close to the Lumia 800's uber cleanliness and use an aluminum instead polycarbonate chassis. If this is legit, I hardly consider it an improvement of the 920.
  • I'm starting to think they'll save their award winning design for their flagship devices that'll be for At&T only. Damn...
  • I would love to see something like this with sprint..ho hum...
  • This can't be a Nokia Lumia! It's just too ugly! :|
    Also I hate that we have to deal with metal bodies on Nokias in the future, just because HTC made a metal phone.
  • Nokia has made metal phones in the past. The E71 was one of Nokia most elegant phone they ever made. Its not new to them.
  • Ok, but don't call it a Lumia then.This is not the design language that they've started with, and Marko would puke over this.
    It looks like a Nokia designed by Samsung.
  • Ugly, outdated specs, new phone coming out a few months later.  Skip this one and release the flagship on all carriers. 
    Enough with the carrier exclusive brand dilution.  I really want a nokia flagship and I want to roll it into a Tmo contract. 
  • Tmobile doesn't do contracts any more.
  • Hi-five! =D
    No? =[
  • I'm not sure why Nokia would release what is essentially the 920 in a new shell 9 months later. They need hardware upgrades to make it a worthy step up over the 920. I know speed is not an issue with the 920 but there are plenty of the advantages to new hardware like better battery efficiency (in multiple components like processor, GPS module, etc),, better and faster image processing (allowing you to do more cool stuff with camera software, always on voice monitoring in the new Qualcomm chips (for access to voice commands without pressing a button - especially good for driving) and others. For a company like Nokia in the unique position of not needing to put any resources into software, re-releasing the same hardware 9months later is just lazy.
  • Ewwwww ugly
  • That's what she said.
  • Looks ugly,
  • OMG. Design disaster. I cannot believe after the amazing Lumia line they would release crap like this.
  • There's nothing Lumia about it. I say it's a fake or some weird prototype.
  • I miss having the charging port on the too. Easier when having headphones plugged in while charging.
  • When Daniel says its a 10, you just shut up and take his word for it!
  • Nokia Lumia 521 released on May 10 and Catwalk in June were details emailed to me as well. Should be receiving a 928 to train associates with next week.Nokia Product Specialists will be blitzing Verizon and T-Mobile stores heavily. No details on EOS yet.
  • Where's camera button? Add to that USB in wrong spot.
  • Why is the USB in the wrong spot? 
  • Dont like that pimple bump on the back
  • If going to aluminum means sucking the personality and color out of the phone, Nokia can keep it. Why would they drop what defined the Lumia brand, what got these phones noticed? Talk about a disappointment. The other thing that irks me is the fact that we're barely 6 months in with the Lumia 920 and Nokia is already revealing details and planning a launch a few months from now. So not only does it cannibalize sales of existing devices, display insecurity at Nokia, but it burns anyone who owns a current Lumia that still feels new. I'm curious to see how Nokia reconciles this model with all the other recent releases. Seems to me like potential buyers might hold off to see how things play out. Why get a 720 now when you can wait to see what the new 920 is all about, especially since it introduces a new design language.
  • The great majority of consumers don't know about the rumours that you read on this website and others like it.
  • Looking at the hardware specs it is EXACTLY the same as the 920, just thinner and differently styled. I don't know why anybody would bother waiting unless the phone had better hardware features or longer battery, or some other thing to make it better other than looks.
  • this is simply butt ugly..hard to believe this is really a Nokia phone..If in fact it is it has to be a early prototype.
  • I actually don't mind the port position on this phone. I always plug in the charger and headphones in my car on my Lumia 920 and it's always yanking the top and bottom of the device. It would be nice to just yank it from only one side.
  • I'll believe it when it comes out officially.
  • That's what she said.
  • Glad you believe it then!
  • I buy it
  • Fugly!  ....and yes, it would be a step back.
  • That's what she said.
  • I just don't see any Nokia design language in this device.. Or very little.. It looks more like a Huawei device. I'm very skeptical if this is production hardware....
  • I love Lumia 920. But it is heavy. It fell on the floor and caused a damage on the hardwood. I cannot tell which corner if the phone did it. Now I understand why it is called a weapon
  • I really doubt the production run will be gray. All the naysayers here will be commenting on how awesome it looks when WPCentral shows pics of them in the lumia colors
  • Ugly, especially from the back! Nokia come on!! lets hope its all fake 
  • Really don't like the look of this. It just looks so standard and the USB and USB ports make the top look too busy. The back is also hideous. The camera looks more like the back of a HTC than something from Nokia.
  • god no, this looks very cheap from the back and too ugly....
  • So is the small plastic strip in the top corner a long awaited LED for missed calls?
    Love my 920 but if this thing is thinner, lighter with a better camera, still has wireless charging, has the USB port at the bottom and an LED for missed calls it will be very popular. I am sure the pictures are an early prototype and it will be improved before it comes out.
  • This cant be right. Looks like the back of an old htc and the corners and ports look like a 3G iphone. I
  • Well, whoever designed this should be fired. This is positively one of the ugliest Lumias ever designed But it fits if it's to be the 41MP Lumia to succeed the 808. 'cause the 808 was also a damn ugly phone.
    And the aluminium body just makes it look cheap. Just...just awful. I'll stick with the polycarbonate ones. Thanks.
  • Looks like an early prototype or a "fake" model from a nameless Asian manufacturer... I highly doubt that final product will look similarly.
  • What's an OCTA display? And why should I be exicted about it?
  • read a good explanation what those 3 cirles at the bottom is for! here:
  • I wan't the 920 specs but in the size of an 820 body.  I want removable back covers!
  • Unless they fix that back up and include wireless charging I'll be waiting for EOS.
  • Eww what an ugly looking phone. I think ill stick with my yellow 920!
  • Is this is an older proto. Newer revision to have Xenon flash?
  • Simply put...its fricken ugly as Hell. Looks like a copy of everybody elses design (HTC). Nokia would never, and if they do...what else is left to brag about to others?! WP8 OS is still a bit iffy, Nokia is the only edge I have on others. Ugh. Kill me now
  • I like it. Don't think it's nearly as bad as people are saying. I would have prefferred an N8 bump with xenon flash, though.
  • Look like that is "EOS"  with 41MP camera(may be).
    Because size of camera too big for 8.7MP.
  • Not feeling it, but will hold judgment till it's confirmed.
  • I say fake.
  • That's is definitely an HDMI port
  • This is fake. Too much like a Huawei W1.
  • On an unrelated note, 
    why does "Kim Kardashian's skirt causes outrage" link is among the links in "More from WPCentral"? 
  • One of the best features of the Lumia phones is the polycarbonate case. I don't care if the phone weights 30g more than an aluminum phone. I rather have phone that can withstand the occacional drop instead of a ligther device that scratches and dends.
  • The photo is true, I have comfirmed the original poster.
  • To differentiate with the current Lumia color palettes it could only go monotone. Or maybe they will polish it with color....hard to say, but what I really want to say is you can't tell if it's a phone from Nokia judging from the back alone. Kind of a step backwards. What I liked about the Lumia phones were that you can tell apart they are Nokia's design with clean lines and a ceramic plate aroud the lens. A slight bump around the lens reminds me of Samsung, and Samsung makes me sick.  Looks like my 920 will still be a signature phone for a while :)
  • Why use docking when we have Bluetooth and a JBL powerup speaker who needs docking!
  • We needs a Nokia like HTC M7!!!
  • Can the hole for the tool to eject the sim tray be in the middle of it as it is here?! And what's that on the upper right side of the phone, led for notifications? I don't think this is the real thing!
  • I'm getting this no matter what!
  • Early prototype as the back looks either plastic or just ugly.   So either Nokia's industrial design is poor, or it is an early prototype.   Also, would like to see the three spot charging disappear for the production model.
  • Nokia logo in the middle... now we are getting somewhere.
  • usb on top would be a dealbreaker for me.
  • I think its a prototype or fake, its not having a Xenon flash like on Lumia 928 for verizon as the leak suggest.
    No pureview and Carl zeiss branding.
    Volume rocker and power buttons are way below normal placements in earlier Lumias. There is much less space to have physical camera button.
  • Please PLEASE let this have the S4 Pro 8960T that one is also dual core but 1.7gh and most important, the newer 320 Adreno gpu.
  • Doesnt scream Lumia to me. Maybe its the bland "silver" color. Let me see some Cyan or Anodized Red, Blue, etc.
  • C'mon T-Mobile, don't shit on my hopes and dreams again! 
  • One can only hope that this is a prototype... So safe this they should raise the back so that it is flush with the camera lens. Now they have room for wireless charging and maybe a bigger battery.
  • Thank god this looks ugly and has very little over the 920, otherwise I would have been regretting my 920 purchase, I would have been very jealous if the other set of specs were true, 1080p, quad core, 2GB RAM 41MP camera etc
  • Man that thing looks ugly. Wow.
  • I ran the rumor in detail by my source. My source looked around the room for a little bit, maybe she was a little uncomfortable with me knowing so much about an unannounced prouduct. She started shifting a little bit, she was definately nervous. Then I pulled out the picture you guys have here and asked for a comment. She wouldn't make eye contact with me but she did say "Meow" and ran into her scratch post's hiding area.
    Rumor confirmed.
  • At least the wireless charging plate should make the camera flush with the body. And if they come in different colours i think that will look quite nice, especially blue or yellow combined with that aluminium frame.
  • Woohoo! Crossing by fingers that I will be able to get one of these on Tmo US in September when I'm due for an upgrade!!! I assume it will also be running the newest version of WP and the latest firmware???
  • i hope the back would be arch-like (for lack of a better wrd)... same with the current 920.... much tolerable than that hideous image
  • Charging port on the  top makes sense with a WP. Easier to use while it is connected.
  • No Xenon Flash?  Not worthy....
  • I dont know why, but i am hating its look from back due to that camera. Though phone is premium but that camera gives it similar looks of cheap canvas Phones by Micromax!!!
    I wish its just a prototype and will either come with looks of N8 or traditional Lumias. But this, Nooooo!
    Else looks quite nice, and yeh, nokia is back with a bang........
  • I sure hope it doesn't look like this. Not the camera bulge, not the shape, not the finish. This looks like it's been beaten badly with an ugly stick!
  • With camera bulge on the back they alienated those who don't care about the camera really. To me awesome camera is not on a list of pros and cons when I am choosing the phone so emphasizing it just throws me off. Well it also might explain how were they able to shave few mils in thickness and why 920 is so thick.
    This design language is more of a continuation of 810 on Tmobile then of any other Lumia so who knows maybe we are looking at TMo exclusive here ;)
    To me biggest drawback in design is the loss of curved glass cause thats is what makes Nokia Nokia
  • That camera bump is a huge mistake... i´m glad i haven´t wait  for something like this (even it´s just a preproduction model) and got the 920, seems like a last device with the beautiful original lumia designed body...
  • The more you look at the back, it grows on you.. it seems ok today .. but it was very ugly y'day.
  • I *really* hope that this is either a very early prototype, or that the grey on the back is not intended to be the actual back of the phone (i.e. that maybe there is an additional very thin shell that goes on top which is metal like the edges.
    As it stands this just looks like an ugly mess (which really sucks, because i'm super excited about getting a new Nokia flagship) :(
  • The camera sticking out like that is an immediate turn-off. I don't want a wobbly phone, and I don't want a protrusion when one isn't needed. Make it a fraction of an inch thicker and make the back a uniform shape. 
  • Do not like the back where the camera has a bluge in the housing.  It looks quite ugly and will get in the way when you carry it in your pocket or place on the surface. 
  • If this is the real deal I want to cry.
  • I do believe it's fake. If it was just tmobile exclusive than I'd think otherwise (hint the uncreative design of NL810).
    Catwalk will be available worldwide with aluminum body, but I question this hump if the camera stays the same as NL920
  • Honestly, I'd rather have built-in wireless charging. I prefer not putting a case of any kind on my phone, so the 920's integrated design is way more appealing to me as compared to the external case that the "three dots"-design of the 720 requires.
  • I agree. Why bother with an aluminum skin if it's going to be covered with a charging plate? I sincerely hope this is a bad photoshop job.
  • It would make no sense for Nokia to put the USB port on top...
    Otherwise their wireless QI car dock would lose some of it's 'features'
  • Not to mention that it makes using the device while plugged in a pain in the ass as the cable weight keeps tugging the top of the device down. They really nailed everything with the 920. I hope they don't fall backward with this terrible design.
  • Good Lord, that's uglee! With that crater on the back, it looks like it got shot at. What a looser design! Lumia is colour and style, with a Lumia, you can easily be seen in the sea of black/white iOSs and Androids.
  • This is a very very ugly phone, trust me no one will buy this one.
  • Surely upgrade my 720 with this!
  • Something makes me think that its not only lighter but also Fragile. Hope they dont mess up with the handcrafted body including cheap chinese plastic like Samsung does with Galaxy
  • I sure hope this isn't it. It's hideous, if this is real then it is like 5 steps back in design. 
  • I bet this is an HTC prototype.Actually I'm pretty sure of that.It has all the HTC design features: camera hump, the 3 dots (like the One X, not the 720), body looks like old HTC's...AND if you look closely, the Nokia logo is a bit offset.This is just some photoshop and a rumor.It will never make it as a Lumia, no matter what.
  • If this is the next version after the 920, I am very dissapointed. Why bother with an aluminum skin if you are going to cover it with a wireless charging plate? I love the fact that the flagship 920 has wireless charging built in. Also moving the charging port back to the top which is a total pain if you want to do anything with it while it is plugged in as the cable weight keeps tugging the top down. The camera hump will make lying it down on a flat surface and typing on it a rocking horse of impossible. Also note how the rim of the camera is already beat up. This is a major step backward in my opinion and I hope this is not true. The people complaining about weight are not the users of the 920. I honestly prefer the heft of this solid device as it makes the plastic and light phones from the other groups feel like flimsy toys. If this is the next device, I will plan on keeping my 920 for another year. Please Nokia. Please make the next phone after the 920 a step forward.
  • sorry, but that just looks ugly compaired to the 920
  • wouldn't bumping the rumor to a 10 make it less true?
  • This doesn't look like the flagship phone for the Nokia Lumia line. It might be the 800+ edition because of 3 holes before the speakers which is meant for a possible "wireless charging shell" option. : )
  • Hmmm, i dont mean to be rude, but the back does not look very attractive with the camera sticking out, just my opinion, anyone agree???