After all the hype in London, Nokia has today introduced the Lumia 925 – touted as a “new take” on the flagship Lumia 920. And the changes are pretty substantial compared to the Lumia 920 – with a new body, bigger battery and an improved camera.
The Lumia 925 looks similar to the Lumia 920, and still uses polycarbonate as its body, not all over. The new design combines it with a metallic border. However it does provide for a thinner and lighter design with 8.5mm thin and weighs only 139g – compared to the 10.7mm thickness and 185g weight of the Lumia 920.
Radical changes have been done on the screen- a new 4.5-inch AMOLED display has been used instead of an IPS display (still has ClearBlack and PureMotionHD+). It is also protected by Gorllia Glass 2 and has a wider viewing angle compared to the Lumia 920. Other changes include a bigger battery that raises it to just above 13 hours for max 3G talk time, and storage being cut from 32GB to 16GB.
Other hardware specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of RAM.
The biggest changes are found in the camera. It still has an 8.7-megapixel PureView rear camera, with the same aperture. The flash has been changed to a dual LED flash, but now includes six physical Carl Zeiss lenses – with Nokia touting this has improved low-light photography and lets you capture great photos day or night. (Of course, after the fiasco with their phone cameras last year – we’ll have to wait and see if it works or not)
Nokia has added a brand new app called “Nokia Smart Camera”, which lets you become more creative with your photos with such features as Action Shot; and able to create the best image through features such as the Remove Moving Object feature and Best Face (the names tell all). In addition, the Hipstamatic-produced app called Oggl will be bundled with all Lumia smartphones to share pictures with “like-minded creatives and photography enthusiasts”.
These features will be shipped to all Windows Phone 8 devices in the upcoming “Amber” update – and should be rolled out during Q3 this year.
The Lumia 925 comes out in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China in June, with other markets including the US and Australia coming soon. It is indeed coming to Australia, but Nokia Australia said “It’s too early to share details on availability and pricing.”