Nokia Phi, Atlas and Arrow: Nokia's trio of WP Apollo Lumia phones?

Nokia Phi, Atlas and Arrow: Nokia's trio of WP Apollo Lumia phones?

Rumours about just what Nokia has up its sleeve for Nokia World are gathering pace, and to go with repeated references to the Nokia Phi we now have another pair of Windows Phone 8 names to conjure with: the Arrow and the Atlas.

Russia's Nokia-obsessed blogger Eldar Murtazin has dished up new info on the Phi, while leading US tech site The Verge reckons both the Phi and the Arrow will be announced at the Nokia World companion event in the US on September 5, with the Atlas to follow not long after.

That seems consistent with existing predictions that a trio of Windows Phone Apollo handsets are likely to appear at Nokia World in Helsinki two weeks from now. That wouldn't necessarily mean that all three will go on sale together (it didn't happen that way with the initial Lumia Windows Phones announced a year ago, after all).

The Verge's claims focus on the US side of things – Nokia is holding a companion event across the Atlantic to coincide with its Finnish showpiece – and suggest both the Nokia Phi and Nokia Arrow will go on sale on AT&T. The former will be an AT&T exclusive, while the latter will also be available on T-Mobile. The Atlas, it claims, will emerge not long after.

As for Murtazin, he has some fresh specs on the Phi, the 4.3in Apollo contender we heard detailed the other day with a dual-core Qualcomm processor, a sealed polycarbonate unibody, button-free interface, NFC and LTE support but no microSD card slot.

The controversial blogger reckons the display will in fact by 4.7in in size, but confirms that it will be a buttonless curved AMOLED panel in the spirit of the Nokia N9 (though with a much bigger screen, obviously). Murtazin also claims that the Phi will in fact boast a microSD slot after all.

He adds that the handset will also be slimmer than the current Lumia 800 and 900, but that will come at the expense of battery life, which will apparently be poorer than the current generation.

Truth, fiction, or somewhere in between? You never know with Murtazin. Mercifully, we only have a fortnight to wait before we know for sure.

Via WMPowerUser

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 20:11

So... we hear SD card support and mass storage are the bigguns for Apollo and the Phi is SD-free? Excellent.

SpeedyG  Aug. 23, 2012 at 23:07

TBH Jan, I wouldn't comment till a much better leak on specs or it enters into the wild during Nokia's conference.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 23, 2012 at 23:22

TBH Jan, I wouldn't comment till a much better leak on specs or it enters into the wild during Nokia's conference.
true... I take it back ;) You're right.
It's just... nothing would surprise me anymore.
But yes, there were also rumours of a PureView Apollo Lumia - even when Nokia said, "nope, not yet possible".

satchef1  Aug. 24, 2012 at 00:08

The SD card shares the SIM tray.

Nokia haven't said 'nope, not yet possible' with regards to Pureview. They've mentioned on several occasions that they're 'working on it', but haven't given a hint at a timeline. A few months back, WPBench picked up some Nokia handsets running Windows Phone 8.0.9842; the Phi and Alpha that we now know exist, and the PurePhi and PureLambda that were speculated to be the Pureview-totting WP devices.All is quiet about the latter two, but if they were being tested in may then...?

I expect we'll probably just see the Phi, Alpha and Atlas at WP8 launch, with the Pureview handsets being demoed but not released until Q4 or Q1. Anything could happen though, I guess.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 24, 2012 at 07:18

Well, Dinning talks about the long road ahead to slim down the Pureview module in order to fit it into a Lumia type body.
IT APPEARS, for now they stick with the familiar unibody for their high-end devices...

satchef1  Aug. 24, 2012 at 10:51

...except Damian Dinning never actually said that.

He discusses the reason for the 808's heft; the 41MP camera module. He states that he thinks it's a trade off that consumers can tolerate, and then goes on to say that future versions could be lighter. Lastly, he comments on the possibility that at some point in the future it might be possible to slim down the camera's optics.

The conclusion that can be taken from those words is simple; the 41MP camera module found in the 808 won't be found in a slim handset any time soon. A bit of a 'no s***, Sherlock' moment. That doesn't rule out the possibility of the same camera turning up in a Windows
Phone handset of a similar size to the 808, nor does it remove the possibility of simply switching out the camera module for something less powerful (and much slimmer).

Note: the only major spec missing from the FCC document on the Phi is the bit abut the camera. Why keep that quiet?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 24, 2012 at 13:21

...except Damian Dinning never actually said that.

He discusses the reason for the 808's heft; the 41MP camera module. He states that he thinks it's a trade off that consumers can tolerate, and then goes on to say that future versions could be lighter. Lastly, he comments on the possibility that at some point in the future it might be possible to slim down the camera's optics.

The conclusion that can be taken from those words is simple; the 41MP camera module found in the 808 won't be found in a slim handset any time soon. A bit of a 'no s***, Sherlock' moment. That doesn't rule out the possibility of the same camera turning up in a Windows
Phone handset of a similar size to the 808, nor does it remove the possibility of simply switching out the camera module for something less powerful (and much slimmer).

Note: the only major spec missing from the FCC document on the Phi is the bit abut the camera. Why keep that quiet?


Truedy-o... In 2 weeks or so we shall know. I'll shut up now :D

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