Nokia is expected to make official at least a few new Lumia devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and at least one of these handsets might look like the design patent to the left.
While nothing has been officially confirmed on the matter for the time being, the patent, unveiled by LiveSide, resembles a previously spotted concept device from the company, and might turn into a real smartphone as soon as this month.
Apparently, the design patent was filed in December 2011, while the aforementioned concept image with it, which can be seen below, was seen a few months before that.
The two match perfectly, yet it remains to be seen whether Nokia will indeed launch such a smartphone, especially since it is a bit different than the outer design of the company’s latest Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
However, WMPoweruser notes that Nokia might actually have no less than five new smartphones in the pipeline, and that we might see all of them made official in the near future. Three of these might be launched at MWC 2013, it seems.
One of them is the Nokia EOS, rumored to sport a 41-megapixel PureView photo snapper on the back, and possibly spotted recently on China Mobile’s website.
There’s also a Nokia Catwalk rumored to become official soon, with a sleeker, aluminum design when compared to Lumia 920, though with the same hardware specs as the current flagship smartphone.
Nokia Laser is the third Windows Phone 8 smartphone rumored to be unveiled soon by Nokia, supposedly set to turn into nothing else than Verizon’s own flavor of Lumia 920.
Additionally, the Finnish handset vendor is expected to launch two cheaper phones in the Lumia series, the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, both of which have received the necessary certifications in Indonesia recently. Both would run under Windows Phone 8, while packing low- to mid-level specifications.