Nokia “Phi” Windows Phone 8 device confirmed via design patent

By LiveSide | In Mobile | Posted August 23, 2012 16 comments

NokiaAs we’re getting closer to September 5, the date for Nokia World 2012 as well as the joint Nokia and Microsoft press event, more details about Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices are coming out. We’ve previously reported that a Nokia “Phi” Windows Phone 8 device will be announced on September 5. The device is said to come with a 4.7” curved display, polycarbonate design, dual-core CPU, external SD card slot, as well as NFC support, and is said to be the successor to the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900.

Images of an early prototype of the device was leaked via Sina Weibo earlier in the month, and photos of the device’s display-digitizer unit, allegedly coming from ALPS, a sub-contractor for Nokia who handles parts for their phone development, was also leaked. Just earlier today, we also reported that the Nokia “Phi” is set to be coming to AT&T in the US as an limited-time exclusive flagship device.

Today, we also managed to find a Nokia design patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office website, only recently granted two days ago on August 21. Check it out below:

Nokia Phi Design Patent

On first look it might resemble the Nokia Lumia 800 or 900, however upon closer inspection of details such as the location of the speaker and the width of the screen’s edge reveals that this is actually the Nokia “Phi”. We’ve provided a comparison between the above design with the leaked image of Nokia “Phi” below, as well as the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 for reference, it is quite obvious which device this is:

Nokia Phi Comparison

With less than two weeks to go, we can’t wait to see what Nokia and Microsoft has to offer for Windows Phone 8. We will be sure to cover the news here on LiveSide as we get closer to date.

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 6:57 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Apollo, Nokia, Windows Phone 8
  • http://www.facebook.com/ssn.naik Surendra Naik

    Where is the SD card slot. I don’t think this is the new Flagship.

    • rsgx

       Or, Eldar was talking rubbish (the most likely explanation).

    • Mario Albertico

      WPCentral is guessing that the microSIM drawer will also act as the microSD card slot, which makes sense to keep the number of opening parts to a minimum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ssn.naik Surendra Naik

    Where is the SD card slot. I don’t think this is the new Flagship.

    • rsgx

       Or, Eldar was talking rubbish (the most likely explanation).

    • Mario Albertico

      WPCentral is guessing that the microSIM drawer will also act as the microSD card slot, which makes sense to keep the number of opening parts to a minimum.

  • tN0

    If this is the new flagship device, I’m a bit disappointed. It’s not really an improvement just more of the same. I was waiting for a phone that is just a bit larger than the Lumia 800 with the same rounded glass, thinner and with a better camera. 4″ or 4,3″ with a very small bezel would be the perfect size, IMO.
    The “Phi” is simply too large and it seems they couldn’t get the bezels around the display smaller.

    • Neil Thomas

      Don’t worry, I dont think we know anything about the size yet. From how high up the capacitive buttons are, it does seem to be the Lumia 800 successor

      • tN0

        We already saw a photo of the now confirmed real glass frame.

    • cchance

      how can you tell the size of the bezel around the screen, they arent showing the screen here just the glass

      • tN0

        You can see the bezel if you look closely on the pic above or even better on the other pics in the original articles. And even a photo of the digitizer frame leaked. The photos are removed from this side but Google can help to find the photos again. Search for “Nokia” + “Phi” images  ;)

  • tN0

    If this is the new flagship device, I’m a bit disappointed. It’s not really an improvement just more of the same. I was waiting for a phone that is just a bit larger than the Lumia 800 with the same rounded glass, thinner and with a better camera. 4″ or 4,3″ with a very small bezel would be the perfect size, IMO.
    The “Phi” is simply too large and it seems they couldn’t get the bezels around the display smaller.

    • Neil Thomas

      Don’t worry, I dont think we know anything about the size yet. From how high up the capacitive buttons are, it does seem to be the Lumia 800 successor

      • tN0

        We already saw a photo of the now confirmed real glass frame.

    • http://profiles.google.com/cchance Chris Chance

      how can you tell the size of the bezel around the screen, they arent showing the screen here just the glass

      • tN0

        You can see the bezel if you look closely on the pic above or even better on the other pics in the original articles. And even a photo of the digitizer frame leaked. The photos are removed from this side but Google can help to find the photos again. Search for “Nokia” + “Phi” images  ;)