Today in London, Nokia announced their eagerly anticipated “metal” flagship phone the Lumia 925, featuring a metal surround to a slimmed down repackaging of the Finnish company’s beefy 920 handset. The 925 still features a polycarbonate rear with Gorilla glass protecting the 4.5 inch AMOLED display but now measures a mere 8.5mm thick and weighs just 139g. This puts it in line with smartphone competitors such as the iPhone 5 and addresses one of the main complaints levelled at its larger 920 sibling. Wireless charging has been axed in order to reach this reduced weight, however, the rest of the internals remain largely the same as the Lumia 920.
Scheduled for a June release, the 925 features a 1,280×768-pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 4G LTE for use on the UK’s EE network and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. While these specifications are unlikely to wow Samsung Galaxy owners, they have proven to be extremely capable on the well optimised Windows Phone operating system and Nokia attempts to distinguish itself through exemplary build quality and camera functionality. The Lumia 925 is no exception, fusing Nokia’s renowned polycarbonate chassis with a band of aluminium that also acts as an antenna.
The camera is an 8.7-megapixel PureView affair, with Carl Zeiss optics, which Nokia claim is best in class. Interestingly, the 925 has one more lens than the similarly equipped Lumia 920. The purpose of the extra lens is to improve picture quality in bright conditions, which should work quite nicely alongside the great low-light performance already present with Nokia’s PureView-branded cameras. Unfortunately, Nokia have opted for a dual LED flash setup, rather than the Xenon flash found in the Verizon exclusive 928.
One of the other announcements at the Nokia event was the unveiling of Nokia Smart Camera mode, coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Smart Camera is essentially a bundling of several advanced post-processing applications into one easy to use app. It offers an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus for creating the perfect high quality image. Nokia demonstrated its use to remove unwanted people from photos, select the best faces for people in the shot or to merge the photos together to create a faded in-motion action shot. The live demonstration at the event worked remarkably well and shows that Nokia intends to innovate with both fantastic hardware and software.
As mentioned previously, in order to reach this slimmer profile, Nokia sacrificed the wireless charging features of the 920 and 928. The 925 does, however, have charging contacts on the rear of the device, and Nokia intends to sell a colourful range of clip on rear covers that enable this feature. This somewhat helps to mitigate the move away from the bright and colourful reputation of the Lumia range to the 925’s uniform white, grey and black.
One thing was clear from the unveiling event, the team at Nokia are very passionate about their latest device, taking to heart the criticisms of the 920 and simply rectifying them. Anyone in the market for a new smartphone should take a serious look at the 925 which showcases the best of what both Nokia and Microsoft have to offer.
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