Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nokia intros a new flagship: Lumia 925, the first aluminum-framed Lumia

Now that the U.S.-only Lumia 928 has been announced, what about the rest of the world? At a Tuesday London event, we received the answer: Here comes the Lumia 925,

The Lumia 925, Nokia says, is a new interpretation of its flagship, the Nokia Lumia 920 -- as is the 928. Internally, the device has the same dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera of the 920, but the externals have changed in that the device has eschewed the plastic of the other devides and switched to an aluminum frame.

With that change, Nokia's first Windows Phone with such a case is much lighter than the 920. The Lumia 925 is nearly 1.8 ounces lighter than last year's Lumia 920.

Among the specs:
  • 4.5" OLED display (1,280 x 768)
  • Pixel Density: 334 ppi (just barely into the Retina range set at 326 by Apple)
  • PureView 8.7MP camera with a wide angle Carl Zeiss lens
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2,000mAH battery
  • 16GB of internal storage (32GB optional)
  • Optional wireless charging
  • NFC
  • Windows Phone 8
Despite the fact that the above specs are very similar to the 928, there are differences. As noted, wireless charging is optional, rather than standard as in the 928. To activate that feature, users will have to buy an accessory cover, which will come in red, yellow, black and white. The device itself will come in white, grey and black.

The camera includes a sixth lens (other recent high-end Lumia devices come with five). The extra lens, Nokia says, enhances natural light capture.

Nokia is also adding software functionality. Smart Camera is a new app that takes a burst of 10 images. Once taken, the app then offers the user several options, including Best Shot (selection based on an algorithm), Action Shot (which melds several images of a moving subject to create a stop-motion single image) and Motion Focus (which adds a motion blur to everything that is stationary).

Nokia said the new camera features -- sans the hardware ones, of course -- will also be made available for all of Nokia’s other Windows Phone 8 products sometime in the third quarter.

The Lumia 925 is set to go on sale in Europe in June, priced at 469 euros ($608). T-Mobile USA will be the exclusive carrier in the United States, with a launch likely to occur the week after the European launch. T-Mobile did not confirm exact pricing, but Nokia U.S. head Matt Rothschild said he expected T-Mobile’s upfront -- down payment -- price to be under $100.

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