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Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone (preview)
- — 15 May, 2013 10:15
Nokia's new Lumia 925 Windows Phone is seemingly a direct response to criticism of the flagship Lumia 920. It has many of the same features of its predecessor, but is thinner, lighter and uses an aluminum frame.
The Lumia 925 may be an incremental upgrade to the Lumia 920 but it certainly looks like a completely different device. The most distinguishing feature is the aluminium frame, which also acts as the phone's antenna. This design means the 925 is actually the first model in the Lumia range to feature metal in its construction.
The use of aluminum is likely to provide a more premium feel without impacting on weight. At 139g, the Lumia 925 is almost 50g lighter than its predecessor and it's just 8.5mm thick compared to the 10.7mm thickness of the Lumia 920. Although the frame is aluminium, the back of the phone is a polycarbonate piece that will be available in black, white or grey colour variants.
The design is the biggest change on the Lumia 925, with most other features remaining the same. The display now uses OLED technology rather than the Lumia 920's IPS panel, but it's the same 4.5in size and 1280x768 resolution.
Unfortunately, the Lumia 925 only has 16GB of internal memory compared with the 32GB of its predecessor. With no microSD card slot, this could be a turnoff for some users.
Specifications elsewhere are much the same. The Lumia 925 has an identical 1.5GHz dual-core 1.5GHz processor, the same 1GB of RAM and the same 2000mAh battery as the Lumia 920, while the 8.7-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation is also identical.
There is a new addition on the software side, however. The Lumia 925 is the first Nokia phone to come preloaded with the company's Smart Camera app. It's a capture and edit tool that introduces three new features: Best Shot, Action Shot and Motion Focus.
The Smart Camera function takes ten shots in a short burst at a resolution of 5-megapixels and stores all ten. 'Best Shot' will automatically find the sharpest picture from this set, 'Action Shot' highlights motion and brings together each picture in the series, while 'Motion Focus' simulates action by keeping your chosen subject still while blurring the background, giving the illusion that they’re moving. Users can also mix and match heads and other details with the Change Faces feature, and remove objects from a photo.
The Lumia 925 is capable of wireless charging, but only with an optional wireless charging cover which clips to the back of the phone. The wireless charging cover is available in black, red, white and yellow colours..
The Nokia Lumia 925 is expected to launch in Australia but Nokia says "it's too early to share details on availability and pricing for Australia". Sales are expected to start in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China in June, followed by the US and "a number of other markets."
A promotional video of the Nokia Lumia 925 can be viewed below.