Nokia Lumia designer hints at NFC, wireless charging

thumb_350x250_3076In an interview with the Guardian Nokia’s design chief  , Marko Ahtisaari, responsible for the design of the Nokia Lumia 800 and who was recently promoted to Nokia’s  leadership team, reporting directly to chief executive Stephen Elop, hinted at the future direction for the Lumia line.

"If you can take away a moving part and make it [the phone] more beautiful in the placement of the components, we’ll do it, so that’s something where we can certainly keep improving," Ahtisaari said, explaining the removal of the flip up tab on the USB connector of the Nokia Lumia 800 on the Nokia Lumia 900.

"Take it to the extreme,” he continued “why are there any connectors?"

While Windows Phones can sync perfectly fine wirelessly, USB is still mainly used for charging, leading the Guardian to suggest wireless charging may be in the offing.

Nokia has also re-iterated their commitment to NFC.  Nokia has many Symbian handsets with NFC, and Stephen Elop recently said "it is growing in importance, and I personally believe in it".

He also suggested that touchscreen interaction is in its very early days, comparing it to the early days of the automobile: "In the 1880s in the car industry cars had tillers – it took 15 years to agree on the steering wheel controlling the front wheels. We’re in the middle of that part of the evolution of interaction."

Read more of the interview at The Guardian here.

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