The Nokia Lumia 920 has only just gone on sale, but Nokia is already hard at work on its successor and according to a report by The Verge, it will be a thinner and lighter device. This is good news, as although the Lumia 920 feels robust in the hand, there’s no denying it’s a chunky piece of kit, weighing in at 185 grams and measuring 10.7mm thick.
Nokia will alter this by abandoning the polycarbonate construction and switching to aluminium, a material Apple has exploited on its iPhone 5, a device which weighs considerably less at 112 grams and is just 7.6mm thick. The change could bring about a design alteration too, seeing Nokia move away from the look of the N9 and Lumia 800/Lumia 900 for the next generation of its Windows Phone 8 hardware.
Currently codenamed Catwalk, Nokia is obviously confident about the look of its next Lumia phone, which will be introduced later in the year, presumably with a redesigned Lumia 820 replacement too. The report says we shouldn’t expect too many alterations internally though, so the dual-core Snapdragon, 8 megapixel camera and 4.5-inch HD screen will probably be repeated.
The Lumia 920 has been a big hit for Nokia, and recently sold out in several Shanghai locations following its December launch, while other European locations are seeing it beat the iPhone 5 in sales. In the U.S., an analyst reported in December the Lumia 920 was the top-selling smartphone in the country, beating arch-rival Samsung with the Galaxy S III into the second spot.
It was originally launched in November, so it may not be until much later in 2013 that we see its replacement.