Nokia announced it: The Lumia 900 will be globally available in Q2. Stefan Pannenbecker talks design at Nokia.
Release Date: “The Nokia Lumia 900 will be available in white, cyan and black, is priced at EUR 480 and also expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012. Source
Leader of industrial design talks present, future
In an interview with The Verge, Stefan Pannenbecker – Vice President of Industrial Design – talks about the companies design philosophy, coinciding with announcements made at MWC this week.
In the interview Pannenbecker talks about the design process of the Nokia N9, which preceded the Lumia range of Windows Phone 7 handsets, and how the team wanted to push the “boundaries of product making.” He says that the design process on the N9 has transferred over to devices such as the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 800 because they wanted to reapply what had been learnt.
Pannenbecker also did not get specific on the next stage for the Lumia line. Instead, Pannenbecker said they want to “evolve” the approach instead of standing still and to use existing materials in better ways.
On devices becoming thinner, Pannenbecker described thinning of phones as a “symbol of technological progress.” However, he also described other factors – such as display sizes – which symbolize this progression. In the interview he said that thinness alone was not the right choice to make when designing phones.
On the future of Nokia, Pannenbecker said the company wants to think differently about the way building products through new and different materials from a design point of view.
Nokia Lumia 900 coming internationally in Q2, Lumia 610 announced
Originally revealed at CES, Nokia has announced that the Lumia 900 is now coming to Canada and Europe in Q2 of this year. Carriers have not been announced for either region, but Nokia has announced that the Canadian version will have LTE like the U.S. version. The European version of the phone will have 42Mbps HSPA+. Before tax and subsidies, the phone has a pricing of 480 euros.
Along with the 900, Nokia announced the Lumia 610 – a lower-tier device with 256MB of RAM and an 800MHZ chip. The advantage of Windows Phone 7 is that the OS runs smoothly across all phones, with only minor changes needed to be made to background apps that are running.
Nokia has also launched another phone: the 808 PureView, a phone featuring a whopping 41MP camera. The camera does not take 41MP photos, but does take pictures around four megapixels in size.