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.