Nokia design patent finally reveals mysterious Phi Windows Phone 8 device
The Nokia Phi as seen by the USPTO
Adding to the earlier news about the new Nokia phone, codename ‘Phi’ coming to AT&T, the site Liveside have managed to uncover a new patent filing that appears to reveal the new device in submitted drawings.
At first brush, the device looks a lot like the Lumia 800 and 900 but upon closer inspection, it matches nearly to the ‘t’ the previous images of the Phi that were leaked out earlier this month.
One immediate item that we noticed is the screen is not curved. Although the Verge this morning mentioned this as a feature, from the images and bezel leak that we’ve seen, curved glass does not appear to be a feature and these drawings confirm that notion.
The design of the phone does have a curved back though, more so than the Lumia 900, which is quite flat on both sides of the device. This is presumably both a design choice and so it can possibly incorporate a larger battery needed to power the massive 4.7” display.
Nokia Phi versus Lumia 900 and Lumia 800
Dual speakers are on the bottom, a change from the single speaker grill of the Lumia 800 and 900. Of course phones often use ‘faux’ speaker grills for added parity in design so it will be interesting to see if these grills are actually for dual speakers or not. Knowing Nokia, we wouldn’t put it past them to have a fantastic sound system on this flagship phone.
Button layout appears to be the same as the Lumia 900 with all keys on the right hand side, although spacing does look to be greater here with the camera button pushed further down and what appears to be a slightly larger ‘gap’ between the power and volume controls.
Rounding out the design sheet is a micro USB connector on the bottom, right in the middle with a 3.5mm headphone jack its polar opposite on top. In addition what appears to be a dual microSIM/microSD card tray is present on the upper left corner of the device—it would make sense to have this as a single drawer to reduce costs and for design simplicity.
The Noka Lumia 'Phi' (its marketing name yet to be revealed) is expected to feature the following specifications:
- 4.65" AMOLED screen + ClearBlack, 1280x720
- 4G LTE
- microSD, NFC
- Qualcomm Dual-core CPU ~1.5GHz
- polycarbonate, unibody design
What do people think? Sound off in comments.
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Sony Ericsson MW600 <3
On longer trips its usually the constant searching for network that is draining my phone so then I put battery saver on and kill data/net, battery lasts a loooong time even with BT.
I want a thinner Lumia 800-esque phone with a 4" screen. Can't deal with these huge screens. Hopefully the "mid-tier" phone they're talking about is close to this.
the days are becoming slower as we get closer to Sept. 5 -_-
It looks to me in the side view that the glass IS beveled at the top the bottom of the phone.
Its possible the curved back is there to incorporate a PV camera plus I reckon it'll fit snugly in the hand as a result. There was speculation in the comments of a seperate blog post that Nokia's first WP8 offerings may have a lower powered PureView camera (this is was from the commenters so it's totally speculative) which could mean it wouldn't need the same space as the PureView on the 808.
Also, studying the left & right profiles of the drawings you can see a thin sliver of the screen, which would suggest it curves around the edges, a la the 800.
Dream device from Nokia: Cyan 4.3" AMOLED ClearBlack curved glass screen, 1280x720 8MP high quality camera (PureView is way to bulky for me...) 5MP decent quality front facing camera NFC Quad Core CPU 16GB internal storage with Micro SD card slot I don't think that's too much to ask for.
I can honestly say, i dont see WP doing any better this year or the next until someone brings out a jaw dropping handset. Nothing we've seen so far achieves this, a larger Lumia 900 certainly doesnt make me want it more than any other handset, WP or another platform. The WP fans may be happy but I dont think anything we've seen so far is going to bring in new users.
Fine, the 800 was beautiful but then the 900 (which I own) is a non-ergonomic brick that feels terrible in you palm/hand and that material irritates my skin.
Where are the Microsoft Surface Phones? Give us choices, not the same old rehashed bricks.
Curves, shapes, keyboards, swivels, dual screens - I want the old Nokia back!
123 x 67 x 11.7 - 133 x 72 x 12.7 mm Comparison data: Lumia 900: 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm HTC Titan: 131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm Lumia 800 116,5 x 61.2 x 12.1
Maybe the best plan would be to look up 800 patent drawings and see how they depict a curved screen.
It will use Clear Black screen. It's not even similar tech to Samsung's....
Looks like I will be going with the rehashed HTC One X in WP8 form (HTC Zenith)
I tried to get into the allure of Nokia, but I guess I am a legacy HTC guy.
First Smart Phone: HTC Tilt (aka Kaiser)
Current Smart Phone: HTC Titan
Nex Smart Phone: HTC (Zenith)
If this is a 4" device on the other hand it works out to be about 10.5mm thick - much more in line with the current 900's thickness.