Nokia readying four new Lumias for MWC? Probably not

Nokia readying four new Lumias for MWC? Probably notWe already knew about Nokia's likely plan to flesh out its Lumia Windows Phone 8 line with the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 low- to mid-rangers at Mobile World Congress next week, but another pair of devices have popped up alongside them in a server log to suggest up to four new faces may be headed for an MWC unveiling.

The mystery pair are known only by the codenames RM-887 and RM-860 for now, which doesn't tell us much, leaving us running through existing half-rumours wondering if they might be heading for an imminent unveiling after all.

The two most persistent recent rumours concern the full PureView Nokia EOS (potentially to be called the Lumia 1000), which is effectively a Windows Phone 8 version of the Symbian-powered Nokia 808 PureView that showed up at MWC last year.

All indications are, however, that it's too soon for the EOS to break cover, so that one's a long shot.

The other popular theory is that Nokia could have a tablet waiting in the wings, but real evidence is all but non-existent, and anyway it would surely have a more distinctive codename even if it was more than just a rumour.

The biggest clue is probably the fact that the info (revealed on Twitter and reported by WMPowerUser) comes from a Verizon server log, hinting that one or both could be CDMA variants of existing Lumia models tailored for the US network.

Last month Unwired View reported on the Nokia Laser, a CDMA version of the Lumia 920, so that could account for one of the two mystery Nokias in the log.

The one remaining rumour – and it's a seriously long shot – is the Nokia Catwalk, which is tipped as the Lumia 920's follow-up complete with an aluminium body that's thinner and lighter than the current model, part of a wider design shift we'll see a lot more of as the year progresses.

Again, though, MWC would be very early for the Catwalk to emerge given that the Lumia 920 itself launched less than six months ago. And anyway, given that both the RM-887 and RM-860 were spotted on a Verizon server log, the CDMA Lumia 920 and its successor couldn't both be announced at the same time.

And anyway, the presence of four new codenames on a Verizon log doesn't mean all four will be present at MWC (even if two definitely will). At this point, it's safest to still just expect the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 from Nokia in Barcelona. More than that will be a bonus.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 15:17

I'll be honest: my dislike for all things M$ aside: the 820 and 920 - great as they may be - are incredibly divisive in terms of design. There, I didn't say ugly, fat bricks, did I?
Cam module aside, nothing suggests they have to be that chubby. Mediocre batteries (sealed in in the 920 which should make for more efficient use of space. NOT bulk it up) etc etc...
But that is just me. It is noteworthy, though that pretty much all reviews of the HTC 8X/S praised the slimmer form factor compared to Nokia's output.
Now, I like a bit of heft - both the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, e.g., feel a bit to flimsy for my taste. But there's 'too hefty". The 820 looks like it's hiding a slide-out QWERTY somewhere.

Pondlife  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:51

Have you not found the button that transforms it to robot mode yet?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:58

Ah, darn... is that the Transformer Tile?


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