Nokia Announces Lumia 925 with Aluminum Body and PureView Camera

The Finnish smartphone maker officially announced today the launch of the new version of its flagship smartphone – the Lumia 925.

The Lumia 925 – unveiled in London – is lighter as a result, addressing a common complaint about the Lumia 920.Photo: Nokia

Nokia’ new thin, lustrous metal Nokia Lumia 925 is all that many of the company’s fans have ever wanted in the so-far polycarbonate Lumia line.

Nokia describes the Lumia 925 as a “new interpretation” of its predecessor, which remains on sale.

Nokia’s latest smartphone is trading a full polycarbonate unibody for an aluminum casing. It’s not fully metal — the rear of the device will be polycarbonate, and the front is naturally made of glass — but it marks a new shift for Nokia’s Windows Phone design.

However, Nokia is no stranger to aluminum. Before it launched its Lumia line, which was itself based on the N9 handset design, Nokia’s flagship phones were known to have metal body accents – just take the gorgeously-crafted (and colorful) Nokia N8. In many ways, the Lumia 925 is just Nokia returning to some not-too-distant roots, says CNEt.

The handset’s weight has plummeted. While the phone has the same dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera of the 920, the Lumia 925 is almost 50 grams (1.8 ounces) lighter than last year’s Lumia 920.

The changes are really apparent on the outside of the device. Nokia has equipped the Lumia 925 with a 4.5-inch OLED display running at 1280 x 768 resolution.

The firm has also upgraded the device’s camera, saying this is the first time such a complex technology has been put in a handset.

Still the same 8.7-megapixel PureView camera is present, with a 1.2-megapixel forward-facing camera available too. Optical image stabilization, and dual-LED flash carry over from the Lumia 920, but the real change is an additional lens on the Lumia 925. Nokia has added a sixth Lens to its five plastic lenses, this time opting for a glass physical lens.

Nokia continues to develop its photo tech, but the Lumia 925 concentrates on software — it’s lacking the xenon flash upgrade we saw on the Lumia 928.

Here, it’s all about the Smart Cam: a new app that can be assigned to the physical camera button and one that builds on the company’s Scalado acquisition. The camera app takes 10 images in a burst, and then offers the user several options for using them.

There’s Best Shot, Action Shot and Motion Focus, informs Engadget.

“[The earlier 920] was really about building the most innovative smartphone and putting a lot of features and functionality into it,” explained product design chief Stefan Pannenbecker.

“Here we left small things out in order to create a smaller product – for example wireless charging, which you can still have by adding on a cover.

“We have created a product that is a little bit more compact and a little bit more comfortable in the hand.”

Imaging aside, Nokia is making colors and wireless charging an optional part of the Lumia 925. The company was quick to launch its Lumia 920 with a range of vibrant colors, but the Lumia 925 will only be available in grey and black metallic colors.

The launch comes a week after several investors criticised Nokia’s strategy at its annual general meeting, reports BBC News.

Some suggested the decision to offer the Windows Phone operating system only on its top-end phones had put it at a disadvantage against rivals whose bestselling models are powered by Android.

However, chief executive Stephen Elop said the decision to focus on Microsoft’s software gave his firm the best opportunity to “compete with competitors like Samsung”.

The Lumia 925 will launch in parts of Europe and China this June, priced at 469 euros (roughly $609).

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