Nokia Aspen Brings Back the Symmetry that Was Lacking from the Lumia 920

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We’ve just received via email a fresh Nokia render of a device called Aspen, that’s supposed to follow the design of the Lumia lineup, but also bring in an extra bit of symmetry. The designer of the device claims that Nokia have hit the jackpot with the N9, Lumia 800, 900 and 920 design, with all the simplicity, but the symmetric position of the display hasn’t been taken care of on the Nokia Lumia 920.

The idea is to have a symmetrical convex profile of the body, corners and finishing, plus matte colors rather than glossy. That’s how the Nokia Aspen was born, a pretty thin device, with the lines of the previous Lumias, the same back design, but differently arranged front elements. There’s a slightly arched lower and upper side of the display, trying to keep the screen at the exact center of the facade.

The Nokia Aspen concept feels solid and looks like a mature Windows Phone 8 device, maybe one that will run the future WP 8 release and maybe the first quad core Nokia model. No idea what camera is incorporated at the back, but I guess a 12 megapixel Pureview sensor wouldn’t hurt. So, what do you think about the whole idea of symmetry?

  • asherpat

    I have been commenting many times on this blog and elsewhere about symmetrical positioning of the screen in landscape. The only symmetrical device out there is the iThing, and look how acclaimed its design is!

    As for other competitors of Apple, I can think of two alternatives:

    1. Designers have zero awareness of where to place the display on the vertical axis, sometimes above the symmetry line (most of devices) and sometimes below (Sony Ericsson) and place the display randomly, perhaps due to secondary requirements of hardware inside the case; OR
    2. They have strict instructions to AVOID symmetry, as an example, see designs of Sony PSP – since it is held 100% of the time in landscape mode, the display is located symmetrically in landscape, but it is offset to the “top” and not symmetric when held in portrait.

    And no sir, even this blog misses the point – in no Nokia device, the display is located symmetrically – not in N9, 900, 800, and especially not in 920, where it’s pushed quite high up towards the “Nokia” logo. What creates an illusion of symmetry is the placement of the display cover which is symmetric, but when the displa lights-on, this design even confuses the eye. I always wish I could speak to Nokia designer, maybe there is a good reason for this, but why then Apple can do it and other can’t?
    I think that one of the things that Apple’s competitors don’t understand is the importance of symmetry in all axis, which make Apple designs so elegant. And this comes from someone who wont be seen dead with an Apple product…