Nokia launches Lumia 925, focused firmly on imaging

Summary:Nokia has announced the newest addition to its Lumia range, the Lumia 925, which the company hopes will resonate with consumers thanks to its camera capabilities.

Nokia has announced the Lumia 925, a Windows Phone 8-based follow up to its camera-focused previous "hero" phone, the Lumia 920 .

Like previous members of the Lumia family , the 925 is targeting in the consumer category, with much of the development and design efforts going on its aluminium design and 8.7-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and flash.

Alongside the camera hardware changes Nokia also introduced a Lumia "Smart Camera" app designed to help people take better photos using the device.

Also like its sibling devices, the Lumia 925 comes with Nokia Music and its Here Maps , formerly known as Nokia Maps before Nokia decided to make the system widely available for rival platforms . It also shares the same 1.5GHz dual core processor of the Lumia 920 and 928 .

The new handset is also the slimmest of its high-end devices at 8.5mm and has retained the curved screen displays of the Lumia 800 and 920 behind in favour of a 4.5-inch (1280 x 768 pixels) AMOLED display. The overall design of the device takes cues from the  Lumia 928 announced for the Verizon Wireless network in the US at the end of last week. Eschewing the usual two-part design of the earlier Lumias, the 925 instead uses an aluminium frame, which Nokia said improves antenna reception, and a polycarbonate rear plate. 

Nokia 925
Image: Nokia

The device would also come with a snap-on wireless charging cover, Nokia said. The camera detail remains prominent even with the cover on, re-affirming the no-nonsense approach to the camera that Nokia has taken for the Lumia 925.

The flagship Nokia handset was announced on Tuesday in London and is due to go on sale in June, priced  around €469 (£399) without a contract. It will also be heading to the US and China, as well as Europe and the UK. In the UK, Vodafone will be one of the launch support partners, Nokia confirmed, with Vodafone customers offered the option of 32GB storage on the device. O2 will be the only UK network to offer the device in white, at least initially.

Ahead of the launch the device was frequently rumoured to be arriving under the codename of the Lumia "Catwalk".

The company also announced an update for older Lumia devices called "Amber", which will bring some of the apps found on newer Lumia devices to older devices in the range. In total, the Windows Phone 8 platform now has more than 145,000 apps in the Window Phone app store.

Jo Harlow, executive vice president of smart devices, also hinted that other new devices and services in the Lumia range would be revealed before the end of the summer.

Topics: Smartphones, Mobility, Nokia

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