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Nokia Lumia Catwalk

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!



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Jojogill says:

Nokia wouldn't move the charging port back to the top.

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.

joe_easton says:

The hope is that it would become standard on the bottom and we could get some docking accessories at some point. 

jfivieght says:

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.

joe_easton says:

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.

geoken says:

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.

Sam Sabri says:

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.

EggoEspada says:

The Droid DNA and HTC One both have bottom ports, and they're newer phones.

MrVol84 says:

I thought it was mandated to have the USB charger at the bottom center?

baandoptager says:

What other phones have charging next to the sim slot? I dont think its a good idea, so i think its a HDMI output.

xconomicron says:

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. 

EggoEspada says:

The Droid DNA and HTC One both have bottom ports, and they're newer phones.

xconomicron says:

True but just about every other previous Gen HTC phone has has a side charging port.

mpopov says:

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.

joe_easton says:

I am ready for that! Hopefully the cost comes down a little as it becomes more popular.

fieldeffect says:

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 :)

mjfadaway says:

Honestly I could have sworned I read an article somewhere that said they were trying to make that a standard for wp8

a5cent says:

Also, uncovered ports at the top aren't exactly ideal in rain.

realwarder says:

Uncovered ports on the bottom though are a big lint trap.  Not to mention reducing the faces requiring cutouts means less cost.

hardcoreplur says:

Yes it is... WP8 spec is USB on bottom center of device.

Looks more like a micro HDMI port

Xaphoon148 says:

That's what it is

Prodigy11 says:

That is correct, and the back bump tells that this has a monster camera. EOS sounds more like it.

Jeff Kibuule says:

Or because the device is thinner, the camera has a bulge. 

SAYSteez says:

I hope they make a thicker phone so I don't have an ugly fucking bump on the back of my phone

RJ Priest says:

Same here.  I'll gladly take a 1.5 or 2mm thicker body in order to avoid an ugly camera bump.

AngryNil says:

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.

Eddie_Lomax says:

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

niraj147 says:

I was thinking same...that bump is making it too ugly IMO!!

fieldeffect says:

Depends on the camera. If that actually is a 40MP camera then I'm willing to accept a *whole* lot of ugly :)

arg0g says:

An EOS without Xenon flash? no way!

h_portal says:

Capacitors would add more bulk to the design, I personally would like an N8 like device (large 12MP sensor  + xenon with easily exchangeable battery).

arg0g says:

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?

dnlbntl says:

Verizon's Lumia 928 is codenamed "Laser".

arg0g says:

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.

argenys says:

Presumably the wireless charging accessory would add just enough bulk that the camera would be flush with it.

50000 says:

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:

Huime says:

+1 no way its going top, docking will be impossible.

jbrandonf says:

That's probably what those three dots are used for.

Jnbs says:

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..

Agent-P says:

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???

jfivieght says:

I too liked the heft of the 920, felt solid

Chill510 says:

+1 I agree. I also like the solid design of the 920.

dkp23 says:

I don't too heavy. Waste of bezel makes it the size of a 4.8 inch phone although just a 4.5 screen.

namikral says:

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

Ascriab says:

Same here.  The size, weight, and angles of the 920 are perfect.  It's a pleasure to use the device.

glassadam says:

I love my 920 too but I do find it a bit too heavy for what I want in a phone.

pychia says:

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.

joe_easton says:

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. 

poddie says:

I was wondering if wireless charging would work through aluminum... maybe it needs to be external?

DaSchnee says:

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.

poddie says:

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. :)

MediaCastleX says:

So if you put the phone face down, will it damage the screen? =/

jbrandonf says:

How about just not doing that?

Neusyn says:

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! :)

GizmoEV says:

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.

EDMmmmmmm says:

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.

ah06 says:

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

jfivieght says:

Palm returns!

DaSchnee says:

Urgh... thats one ugly phone... Wireless charging seems to be optional just like on the 720.
Definitely a step backwards from the 920

kidjenius says:

looks like one of Huawei's windows phones eh?

DaSchnee says:

Yes, especially with that hideous camera bump 

Ordeith says:

Maybe the Wireless Charging shell will have uniform thickness and no bump?

one can hope.

Mr. Tofu says:

I was just thinking that. Yuck

SWE_M says:

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. 

Guakala says:

A miracle if it comes to T-Mobile...

rubenbest says:

I think the back is ugly

robooneus says:

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.

camstreet1 says:

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)

Agent-P says:

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?

Agent-P says:

That's what I was thinking as well. I would've assumed in moving to aluminum they would stick with a unibody design.

arg0g says:

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.

jlynnm350z says:

Don't know what I was expecting, but it's not that. BLAAAAA

Prodigy11 says:

Looks more like the EOS, most definitely not the Catwalk.

ninny1176 says:

"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.

ninny1176 says:

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.

hasasimo says:

Looks like the mildly retarded off spring of an HTC and a Lumia. 

cdbstl76 says:

That's a dumb thing to say

hasasimo says:

That's a dumb thing to reply.

cdbstl76 says:

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.

SAYSteez says:

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?

MediaCastleX says:

It's not the 90's anymore... =P

walter1832 says:

That's a dumb thing to read.

JPDVM2014 says:

Agreed. The back especially reminds me of the HTC OneX.

rodneyej says:

The back looks like the Huawei Accend W1!! Not ugly, but not Nokia Lumia!! I'd be disappointed if this was production...

sayonical says:

Needs a paint job I guess. Its hideous looking

humboldt1 says:

Def looks like charger at the top! Works better than bottom anyday IMO

bryceg says:

Step backwards in design for Nokia if thats real

cddigi says:

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.

blackhawk556 says:

As long as the final version doesn't have that ugly gray I'll be interested.

poddie says:

I hate camera bumps. Not liking this design at all... I hope they won't stop making the polycarbonate phones... They look much better.

Sam Sabri says:

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.

poddie says:

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.

Sam Sabri says:

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. 

xconomicron says:

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. 

poddie says:

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.

MediaCastleX says:

The song will be "My Humps" by The Black Eyed =P

FearL0rd says:

No 32gb. I will pass.

MediaCastleX says:

Not if Gandalf does the know how he is! =P

xconomicron says:

LOL I totally wish I could post meme's/pics on this website.

lippidp says:

I'm holding out for a wooden Lumia.

rodneyej says:

Maybe that would increase reception!! Lol!!

The back side looks odd. The camera should have been like the 920's but with a Xenon flash. :)

EDMmmmmmm says:

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 :)

L3vi says:

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

Sam Sabri says:

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'.

L3vi says:

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.

kiddj55 says:

I want moar color!!

ImAdrian23 says:

The back is hideous.

MediaCastleX says:

The YOU is hideous! =P

walter1832 says:

That's what she said.

joeynox says:

That is the ugliest piece of poop I've ever seen

MediaCastleX says:

He called the piece"poop"! =P

cesar ruiz1 says:

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.

rikycaldeira says:

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

Mingu7 says:

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.

chucky78 says:

That is clearly a HDMI port

Prodigy11 says:

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.

RafRol says:

I'll have to wait until I have it my hands for a final judgment, until then it looks pretty bland on photo...

navidee says:

Either way I want more info stat on the EOS and Catwalk. I can finally upgrade and want to know when these will hit!

MTL32 says:

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. 

JasonG83 says:

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?

Amran Nagal says:

oh god this phone looks so ugly

Raesu says:

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.

ricardios says:

These are not official photos. Camera hump! Hoping for something better.

MediaCastleX says:

In Canton, Camera Hump is a delicacy...wait, is that wrong? =P

DJCBS says:

If this is it, it's simply atrocious.

walter1832 says:

That's what she said.

blak_yakuza says:

If the bump on the back is so pronounced ...why does the first pic look like it's laying so flat ?  

cbrines says:

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.

mythos13 says:

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.

IceDree says:

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.

MediaCastleX says:

Yeah! I mean, who made all you guys the arbiter of good looks, anyhow? Tell 'em, Daniel... =P

WinFan1 says:

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.

IceDree says:

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)

Flagz says:

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.

Beshoy Hanna says:

Welp, its official. The WPcentral community is being overun by a**holes

MediaCastleX says:

Come on, you're not THAT bad... ;p

SteggyDad says:

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.

IceDree says:

The corners in the 1st picture are a bit HTC 8Xish !

J Papi says:

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.

onysi says:

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.

niraj147 says:

I seriously hope, this is not an EOS!!

gzhang11 says:

I like it on the top better, means I can still use my phone upright while its charging at the desk.

JPDVM2014 says:

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.

Cellus13 says:

^Yes This! You get what you asked for!

poddie says:

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.

MediaCastleX says:

Ok, but what do you think about the phone? ;)

walter1832 says:

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.

Aleksi says:

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. 

rmichael75 says:

i think you are right. this should be a prototype or something..

SleepyTheDon says:


Looks like a 7xx or 8xx series to me, not 9xx...

McJobs says:

Marko Athisaari would never have approved this design.