Nokia's just taken the wraps off its latest flagship Windows Phone. We've heard rumours of a PureView-packing beast, but confirming yesterday's leak it's the Lumia 925, an updated, metal-clad version of the Lumia 920, and it sure is a looker.
So, not the true PureView-packing EOS, sadly, but just the Lumia 925 -- a move away from the polycarbonate of the past and to a camera phone with a built-in metal rim that acts as the antenna, just like the iPhone. One of the notable updates over the 920 is a new Nokia Smart Camera mode, with the option to camera ten images at once, with the post-processing features you can find in a bunch of other phones at the moment like Best Shot and an Action Mode. Basically it's Nokia's version of the HTC Zoe, but with each sequential shot being at 5MP -- "something no one else does" apparently.
Otherwise, you’re looking at a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, 1280×768 4.5-inch screen, and the same 8.7 f2.0 camera on the back. In other words, damn-similar specs to the Lumia 920. In fact, the biggest physical change is that metal body. Not only does it feel better in the hand, but it shaves a whopping 46g off the weight of the Lumia 920 -- if you remember, the biggest criticism of that handset was its ample beer belly. The other changes are relatively small -- the screen is OLED rather than IPS LCD, and the internal storage has, weirdly, dropped from 32GB to 16GB. With no microSD card slot, that could turn out to be this handset’s Achilles heel.
Another interesting move is the addition of wireless charging covers, which piggback on the main phone, and allow wireless charging. They come in a bunch of colours, including a very fetching red (which we've just been shown).
Pricing is expected to be 469 Euro before taxes, shipping in June. No word on when it ships in Australia yet, but UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, China and the US will definitely be getting it before us. Joy:
Sales of the Lumia 925 are expected to start in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China in June 2013, followed by the US and a number of other markets.
Nokia says it's too early to share details on availability and pricing for Australia but as soon as we have an update, we’ll let you know.
Nokia Lumia 925
Operating system: Windows Phone 8 HERE location and mapping services: Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+; Free HERE Transit available in the Store Display: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED WXGA (1280x768), 2.25 D sculpted Gorilla 2 Glass, ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight Readability, Super Sensitive Touch for glove and nail usage Battery: 2000 mAh battery, Wireless Charging supported via an accessory cover Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon Main camera: PureView 8.7 MP with Optical Image Stabilization, Autofocus, short pulse high power dual LED flash, most advanced lens technology, 1080p HD video at 30fps with Optical Image Stabilization. Includes Nokia Smart Camera mode. Front facing camera: 1.2 MP wide angle Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage