Nokia has a lot to live up to for their next-gen Windows Phone hardware. The Lumia 800/900 in particular were the “last digit efforts” if you will. Everything rode on that line of devices as failing would have meant the end of Nokia’s relevance in the smartphone realm, and quite possibly altogether. That said, the Lumia 800/900 were quite popular meaning whatever comes next has to be at least equal in terms of design, performance and “wow” factor. Can they do it?
While the concept phone you see to your right, leaked to concept-phones.com by a source with an alleged friend working within the Nokia Design Studio, is one of the upcoming devices planned for public consumption. You’ll notice the most striking feature is, in true Nokia fashion, the camera. Except this time instead of simply great optics, this unnamed device features as swiveling lens design. Specs are said to be in the neighborhood of 8-megapixels. More importantly, however, is that this little head turner packs a 4x optical zoom. Remember, digital zoom count, regardless of how high or long the fancy technology behind it, is useless. Optical zoom is what matters. And in a world where digital zoom is the only game in town, Nokia’s 4x optical zoom on this device is quite the reason to get excited.
Other features include a larger(ish) AMOLED display with Nokia’s Clear Black technology (and HD resolution) as well as super fast Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor. Word is this little gem will bow to the public sometime in September (and we certainly hope it’s true).
On a separate note, the source of the information above also says that Nokia is working on re-doing the whole N-gage thing. Except, you know, making it successful this time. Can’t say we wouldn’t like to see that happen again. The N-gage was a fantastic concept at the time, when smartphones were still brickish and unsightly. The N-gage itself wasn’t exactly the best to look at but it was unique. A modern N-gage-like device would certainly be worth another visit.
Looks like Nokia is finally righting the ship, eh?