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Nokia ‘Eros’ and ‘Mars’ pop up on O2 Germany roadmap - but what are they?

File under interesting but no details, the site mobiFlip has gotten their hands on O2’s (Germany) upcoming smartphone roadmap. While there are the usual Huawei, Sony and HTC devices, two Nokia ones have raised an eyebrow.

The first one goes by ‘Eros’ and could be just a mis-spelling of ‘EOS’, the codename reportedly used for Nokia’s 41MP Lumia 920-esque phone, due for revealing next week. Then again, it could be a whole new device or just a carrier variant. Since there is literally no information about this phone’s specs, we can only guess.

Likewise for ‘Mars’. While ‘Eros/EOS’ is expected to be the 41MP device, we’re not sure what else this could be except for another Lumia variant or the long anticipated tablet. We have heard from some insiders, though have been unable to fully verify, that even AT&T has a Nokia tablet in testing. Could this be that device or just new version of a current Lumia design? (It’s not the Lumia 925, as that has a separate listing).

Unfortunately, we just can’t know until more information, including specs, leak out. But it’s nice to know that Nokia still have a few surprises left up their sleeve, and those on O2 should be relatively excited.

Source: mobiFlip; via: Engadget; Thanks, Muessig, for the tip!



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EchoRedux says:

O2 is telefónica, which has promised to push WP sales.

ryangadz says:

god of love and god of war hmmmm

rebel_yell says:

Very astute of you, old man. Was wondering about this myself.

giorgio h says:

oh yeah this could mean something!!!!!!!!!!EXCITING!

Kram Devil says:

Nokia, make love not war!

OMG55 says:

can't wait to find out what it is

lippidp says:

Obviously, the Mars is a landscape slider. I can't believe no one else has been able to figure this out but me.

Cheewii Poon says:

Why do you say it's a landscape slider? I don't get it...

tositem says:

I don't know, but i always like Nokia's codenaming :D

btbam91 says:

Me too. The Searay for the Lumia 800!

tissotti says:

808 PureView was codenamed Hyperion (Titan god of light). EOS is Hyperions daughter.
808 PureView is getting some kids soon.

Mocah says:

._. i luv it

alex6272 says:

Huh, that's an interesting bit of Greek mythology. The 808 has always been cool, it'll definitely be good to see some more equally innovative devices

The Myth says that MARS loved EOS.. another strange coincidence??

Eos, Eros, and Mars are all Greek Gods.
Eros is not a typo. It's definitely on purpose and it's a new device.

Judge_Daniel says:

This. Definitely can't wait for the fall!

tissotti says:

It's no variant either this being Europe.

Conor Brown says:

Mars was the Roman God of war, Ares was the Greek God of war. Off topic I know.
Sometimes the code names seem alittle bit better than just a number though
"Strong and powerful, Lumia Mars!"

Miksup says:

Eros is a Finnish god of sex

Conor Brown says:

"Seductive design, the Lumia Eros. Because your ears want to be made love to"
Can you tell I dont work in advertising :)

mxtremex6 says:

btw wat was the codename of 720??

Fritzly says:

As well as the Greek God of love. it seems to me that more than a mispell of the word EOS/Eros whoever came up with these names mixed Greek and Roman mythology:
Eros: Greek God of Love
Mars: Roman God of war as well as father of all the romans because husband of Rea Silvia, the mother of Romolo and Remo, the former the founder of Rome. 

rebel_yell says:

Citizens of Finland, please enlighten this American. Did, or do the Finnish people worship the Norse Gods? If so, I'd like to see the "Odin", or "Thor". Names to which I'd become familiar long before Marvel comics brought them to prominence. If I should buy a 920 I thought of naming it Mjolnir. After all, I have seen one used as a hammer.

Kellzea says:

They "did", but they don't now. Its primarily a secular state. I would presume there are random churches to the norse gods knocking around, but that's not surprising as seen as there are norse churches in America too.

Spedez says:

No, we worshipped Väinämöinen :D

akk23 says:

Well, no we didn't. Finnish people had their own gods back in the dark ages. And there never were any churches build for those, nor are there naturally any now. Vikings (Swedish, Norwegian and Danish of origin) worshipped the Norse Gods. But you are right about Finland being a secular state (although 70-75% belong to some religion, but most don't practice any religion, they are just born into it and never get around of leaving).

tissotti says:

Religions like that died LONG time ago if your country was situated in Europe. Similar gods were worshipped yes and Nokia has used plenty of Finnish originated codenames.

Fritzly says:

What about Fafnir, the builder of Valhalla, and watcher of the treasure? A less known name but more original....

simplescheme says:

Gimme that 8inch Nokia tablet.

Jack Larson1 says:

Knowing its a Nokia, I hope nobody drops this tablet...

Sumit8 says:

Nokia handsets survive every drop. (yes, double meaning guys!)

gerzhwin says:

If a Lumia's size equals the Earth's moon (luna) size compared to the Mars' size, I could be a tablet device ...

Miksup says:

Or just as far away.

Sumit8 says:

If a Lumia phone equals a rock, it could be a super large sports stadium screen wall...

DJCBS says:

Don't expect a new devide and even less a variant of the EOS or anything.
I know Americans find this normal in the USA and some seem to have a problem grasping this, but in Europe we DON'T *do* variants. The phones are the same for everyone, the carriers pick the ones they want to sell and there's no such thing as "exclusivity". That "oh, we want a specially design phone for us" is just an American trend.

That said, why can't they call it "Eros"? Didn't AT&T nicknamed one as "Elvis"? That's that. Either a spelling error (highly doubt it) or just a different nickname.
Eros and Mars are most likely the 925 and the Eos.

linkxboy says:

I agree but I just wanted to point out that the Lumia 925 is also on the list, so it can't be that one.

DJCBS says:

Well it could be. Note that it says "Lumia 925 (California)". I read that as in "16GB version". Mars could be the 32GB one. Let us see...

linkxboy says:

but then why use "Lumia 925" for 16 gigs and just dismiss the number for the 32 gigs version? THey would have written "Lumia 925 (some word)". I do believe is another phone. Maybe a phone around the 520-820 range?

DJCBS says:

Also, forgot to mention, let us remember that the 32GB is supposed to be a Vodafone exclusive. So the use of another name may be because they're trying to negotiate the phone still.

But we're all talking about new phones...we should also point that O2 Deutschland does NOT have the 920 with them. So Mars can ALSO be just the 920.

tissotti says:

That's not how it has worked for past 6 years. Codenames is the phone model , while RM-XXX ( RM-XX for tablets like 770, 800 etc) is the exact hardware build.
N9 with 16 and 64GB version were called simply Lankku as its codename.

rebel_yell says:

Mars has a mountain that covers an area the size of Arizona and slopes at a 5 degree angle to a height of 14 miles, thrice the height of Everest. It's name is Mons Olympus and would be a fitting tribute to the enormous bulge that is the lens cover. I'm going to carry mine stuffed down the front of my pants. Can't wait to hear the ladies say "So, Cowboy, is that Mount Olympus in your pants or are you just happy to see me?"

Kram Devil says:

It could go both ways. They might also say "Is that a Mons in your pants or are you just happy to see me?" Oh the mortification!

Sumit8 says:

while i agree with most of your points, the original iPhone was an exclusive to t-online in Germany
PS.: This commenting system IS SO BROKEN...

rodneyej says:

Isn't it obvious.. These are the next generation Nokia devices with quad core and 1080p... Not to mention new innovative features❕❕

NIST says:

Like tap to close and bounce to open!

rebel_yell says:

OMG, bra, let the flocking begin!

Nokia lumia 625 LCD 4,7 inch ?

Mooncow27 says:


Divair says:

Eros isn't a typo of EOS. Eros and Mars are both Roman gods. It's intentional. 

xconomicron says:

Eros is the "Greek" god of love...Mars is the "Roman" god of war. Cupid is in fact the Roman god of love. And Ares is the Greek god of war.

Nikumba says:

Mars could be a 32Gb 925 for the rest of the networks?

glassadam says:

Isn't "Eros" the name of the deftones album that never was? Cool codename for a phone.

Tamer81 says:

The 725 & 728? Just guessing..

Kram Devil says:

Nokia Percy Jackson!

xyronaut says:

After all this anticipation, it would be funny if those 2 turn out to be Asha.

Sumit8 says:

 But it’s nice to know that Nokia still have a few surprises left up their sleeve

Really? Nokia is a phone manufacturer. You can expect a new phone every 6 months and as we're talking about Nokia - probably even more. You should know that by now.