Nokia builds high quality products with reasonably decent software packed in, but it is still fiscally struggling. Marketing might be part of the problem, the CEO could arguably be another part of the issue. Regardless, I like Nokia.

My fear is that Nokia can’t recover, and I know I’m not the only fan of the brand that feels this way. HTC was once a high-quality brand and yet it soon started pushing out tons of variants of the same devices and cutting corners to attempt to make a buck.

This lost many HTC fans. HTC is still a good company with some very loyal fans, but it isn’t at all what it used to be. Solid devices like the HTC Phone 8x could turn things around for them though.

Enough about HTC, we are talking about Nokia. I brought HTC up simply because we are seeing some of the same things. The Lumia 820 is also coming around as the 810 and 822. We might see a similar move with the Lumia 920.

Lumia phones are attractive and well-designed, but I want to see different handsets with different approaches not a bunch of devices that have the same internal design and specs. Maybe that is just me.

I’m NOT saying the Lumia 820 or 920 are boring. I just prefer them to keep the variants down to a minimum, if possible.

The good news is that a new patent has shown up for approval that highlights a very different design. Well, it might be different but it isn’t new. The simple design has been seen via leaked footage as early as August of 2011.

Here is the leaked picture:

Nokia prototype that seems quite similar to the patented image.

I like the design and it is clearly different from what we are seeing with current devices. Does that mean that we will see this in a Windows Phone device? No, it might have just been a prototype that they retired and are simply patenting it to keep competition from copying the design.

Nokia’s fight is far from over.

The company has a lot of potential and I like many of these designs— I just want to see them continue to release solid new devices instead of pushing similar variants. What do you think of the prototype, like it or not? Where do you see Nokia heading 3, 5 or even 10 years down the road?

Is the path to recovery in sight or is their death imminent?

Here’s the video that shows the concepts:

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