The Lumia 925 packs a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, 1280×768 4.5-inch screen, and a familiar-looking 8.7-megapixel f2.0 camera. 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.
Nokia has really made a point of showing off the Lumia 925's camera in recent months, calling out Apple and Samsung for their comparatively poor efforts at a smartphone shooter. I'm not one to believe Nokia at its word on cameras anymore, but it's out there,
The Lumia 925 will be available from Optus, Telstra on plans, and outright for $699 from Allphones, Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Network Communications, Fone Zone and Leading Edge.
Retailers will get the handset first for outright purchase on 17 July, while Telstra will get it on 30 July, followed by Optus from 1 August.
Sam Gibbs contributed to this article.