Skip to main content

Nokia’s Lumia 920 replacement, codename Catwalk, could be supermodel thin

The Nokia Lumia 920 is a great looking phone, and thanks to its solid construction and hefty weight, it could easily double as the type of hammer that would make Thor a bit jealous. However, such devices aren’t for everyone, and in a market where most other manufacturers are continually working towards thinner and lighter phones, its robustness could be seen as a disadvantage.

According to sources speaking to The Verge, this could all change when Nokia introduces its next Lumia range, as the company may move away from using polycarbonate and adopt aluminum instead. This would enable it to make the phone considerably slimmer than before, and for the device to shed more than a few grams in weight too. The report specifically mentions the Catwalk, which could be Nokia’s codename for the Lumia 920 replacement, as being the prime candidate for an aluminum chassis – a name which hints at the potentially incredibly svelte dimensions of the device.

Nokia has used aluminum to construct phones in the past, so it has some experience in the matter. However, when Apple transitioned from the glass iPhone 4S to anodized aluminum panels on the iPhone 5, it caused the company several headaches, including complaints the material scratches too easily.

While the outside of the phone sounds like it will undergo a considerable change, the internals are said to remain virtually identical, meaning the 920’s sequel could still have the same 1.5GHz dual-core chip, 4.5-inch HD touchscreen and 8-megapixel camera. As the Lumia 920 has only just gone on sale, it’s unlikely we’ll see its successor just yet, despite Mobile World Congress being just around the corner. Instead, a separate event closer to the Lumia 920’s first anniversary is more logical, except, if we’re only talking about a visual redesign, there’s a chance it could come sooner. Also, when – and indeed, if – it does arrive, it’s rumored to be accompanied by another two Lumia phones, presumably to replace the Lumia 820 and Lumia 620.

Editors' Recommendations

Andy Boxall
Senior Mobile Writer
Andy is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends, where he concentrates on mobile technology, a subject he has written about for…
Microsoft teases the arrival of its first Lumia phone on November 11 in new video (Updated)
look microsofts first lumia phone microsoft november 11

Microsoft will reveal its first Lumia smartphone on November 11, according to a short post made on the official Lumia Conversations blog. The phone is almost certainly going to have the Microsoft name emblazoned over it, rather than the Nokia branding with which we’ve been more familiar.

The post gives nothing away about the phone in question. It asks if we “want to see #morelumia,” and tells us to come back next week to find out more. A teaser on the company’s Facebook page includes the line “Big on experiences,” suggesting whatever will be announced could have a large display, or another camera with a high megapixel count.

Read more
Forget the Nokia Lumia name, from now on it’s Microsoft Lumia all the way
microsoft lumia name official branding

It’s official: Nokia Lumia smartphones will from now on be known as Microsoft Lumia smartphones. The new name will also be used wherever the Nokia name can currently be found. Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices Division earlier in the year, meaning the transition has been a long time coming.

The news comes directly from Microsoft, through the Nokia Conversations blog, and follows several hints over the past week that the new branding would be introduced. According to the entry, which transcribes an interview with Microsoft’s Senior VP of Marketing for Phones, Tuula Rytila, Nokia’s websites and its social media channels are being altered first, before spreading to packaging, marketing materials used in retail stores, and of course, devices.

Read more
Watch out for new Microsoft Lumia branding replacing the classic Nokia name soon
nokia to become microsoft lumia lineup

Evidence is mounting that Microsoft is ready to finally reveal its new branding for Nokia’s smartphone division, which it acquired earlier this year. Up until now, the Nokia name has remained attached to the hardware, without any mention of Microsoft’s name. However, at Microsoft’s unveiling events, it has been the opposite - Nokia’s name is rarely even whispered.

A message posted on Nokia France’s official Facebook page has given away Microsoft’s plan, saying “In the coming days, you will receive a message about the renaming of this page. We are about to become Microsoft Lumia.” Although it’s not officially confirmed outside of this Facebook page, there are other rumors the overdue rebranding is about to happen. According to The Verge, the Nokia France page will be the first in a series of social networking sites to take the new name, and that the changeover will continue over the coming weeks.

Read more