Nokia launches Lumia 925, focused firmly on imaging

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.

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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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  • Nokia Lumia 925

    This is my new smarthphone!
    Mr.SV
    • You Do Know That It Comes With WP8, Don't You?

      Not a bad looking phone - good optics and (hopefully) a good photo app. WP8 and Nokia Maps are the deal-breakers though.

      I'd just wait for the Android version.
      Gr8Music
      • Yes, it comes with WP8

        That's what makes it so awesome.
        ParrotHead_FL
      • You Do Know That It Comes With WP8, Don't You?

        Yes I know, that's why I want this device, I don't touch anything from google.
        Mr.SV
      • ...

        You've clearly not used Nokia's HERE Maps & Drive.
        bitcrazed
        • so

          What is the excuse you will offer to those os us who do use Nokia HERE and don't find anything compelling about it over say Google Maps or Apple Maps?

          By the way, I find it really bad habbit of Nokia to rename their applications. It was first Nokia Maps, then Ovi Maps, then Nokia Maps again, today HERE Maps... who know what it will be called tomorrow. It doesn't improve with changing the name.
          danbi
          • No excuse

            If Nokia maps don't "do it" for you, then WP8 is not going to work for you.

            But the idea that Nokia Maps are a deal breaker for everyone is wrong.
            Michael Alan Goff
          • it's not like this

            I don't agree that if HERE Maps doesn't work for me, that means Windows Phone won't work for me too. Simply because HERE Maps works on other platforms as well and.. for navigation I have dedicated device which I very much prefer to any mobile phone.

            Windows Phone might cut it for me, if it's e-mail client was working properly with SSL IMAP e-mail. I don't particularly care about the multitude of applications although I do admit I am spoiled there is an app for about anything on iOS. (and no, web browser apps are not the same thing, for those who would offer that route)
            I do care more about the platform stability and performance -- and here I find WP ok. But non-functional e-mail is an absolute deal maker for me. If I need an feature phone, I would just get one -- and enjoy much longer battery life and even more stability.
            danbi
          • Here maps and drive are good enough !

            If you become used to how to use the Here maps and navigation, you will love these apps. I have worked on Android devices for a few years and moved on to WP8, but I don't see any inconvenience in using Here maps/navigation. They are just good enough, if you know how to use it properly. This is good, you can take my bet !
            hdcloud
          • Ah, alright

            I just know some people really need working maps for their phone, it's a "fav feature" for a lot of people I know with their Android phones.

            It looks like, for you, a killer feature is good email.
            Michael Alan Goff
      • love Windows 8

        I've had a Lumia 920 for about 6 months now, and compared to my Android operated phone, it's awesome. Yes I know that it's much newer than the Atrix 4G I replaced, but that being said I'll compare it with my son's Note II soon, I do think that it will compare quite nicely though.
        dundonrl
      • I'd just wait for the Android version

        Nokia doesn't do Android
        dveed@...
  • wireless charging

    It seems, wireless charging is not very popular with users and Nokia has dropped it from the Lumia 925.

    This phone looks identical to the Lumia 920 of last year. About the only improvement in the camera is the addition of an additional optical element, apparently to correct the visible image distortion the 920 camera had.

    Curious, why Nokia didn't release the 928 with the new spec and slim body....
    danbi
    • erm no

      Nokia just wanted a slim phone for people who care about that sort of thing to help sell more devices... hence why its an added on extra.... The actual development of the snap on cover would most probably cost more than just putting it into the device....
      danjames2012
    • Nokia dropped wireless charging?

      Any evidence to support this claim? L925 support wirless charging, moreover, Harlow says: "We're absolutely committed to wireless charging."

      And there is more improvements then camera, for example antenna.
      Mr.SV
      • Re: Any evidence

        What evidence? Does the Lumia 925 spec count?

        The device simply has NO wireless charging built in. You need to attach an external device to it, that will provide the antenna etc for it to charge wirelessly.

        What is so strange about this? You could do the same with iPhones for quite some time.

        Why you are so surprised? This additional stuff costs money to add to the phone, makes it bulky and (just a guess) might have turned to be not so reliable to make it integral to the phone. If wireless charging was overly popular, why would Nokia remove it from their latest 'flagship' phone?
        danbi
        • Its called choice.

          The 3 contact pins are visible at the back of 925, snap in a cover and its supports wireless charging, without adding any bulk. It brings flexibility, when you are on the move, leave the cover at home and you have a thin phone in your pocket.
          OwlllllNet
          • Yes, a choice

            I honestly can't see many people doing what you propose. Snap a cover in order to charge your phone wirelessly? I believe you could just as easily, or in fact easier just connect a power cord.

            The idea of wireless charging is to not have to connect anything to the phone at all.

            Then, there is the mechanical part, that you ignore. You are probably not an engineer, but some of us are. How many times do you believe that cover will start snapping/removing? I don't believe it will be enough --- and the thing will not be free, causing most people to just forget about it after the first one or two break.
            Also, uncovered contacts? For power? At best, these will stop function in just few months from the accumulated dirt and oxidising.

            No, the snap cover is designed for those who insist to have wireless charging on their Lumia 925. They will snap it once and forget.

            Which just comes to prove that this is not the primary target group for the Lumia 925 phone.
            danbi
          • Pressure contacts are reliable

            These are typically gold or nickel-chromium plated pressure contacts, presumably with the springy part of the contact in the cover. These are very reliable -- most MIL-spec connectors work essentially the same way.

            The downside is obvious -- it's more expensive to built this into a cover, and the phone + cover is bulkier than the phone with built-in Qi charging coil. And the cover itself can certainly be made rugged enough to last. Nokia has been pretty good at the mechanical design of their devices, but the Lumia 920 was one of the fattest and heaviest smartphones of 2012 -- that's a hard sell to some people.

            And Windows Phones haven't been selling at premium prices; the 920 has routinely been $99 on-contract. So this does allow some cash to be saved by un-bundling this piece, for a feature most people aren't using, yet. Wireless charging is kind of a luxury right now, and no matter what, it's a waste of power compared to cabled charging. Eventually, the goal of the Qi people is to have their tech built-in to all sorts of things. So your kitchen counter, the table or bar at the restaurant, your desk at work, all could have embedded charging.
            Hazydave
          • pressure contacts

            Agreed on pressure contacts. Also pretty much any military equipment has rubber gaskets to protect the contacts and is not intended for carrying in one's pockets months before the contacts come to use. Anything military is intended to be attended to and checked before going to mission as well. Someting a customer is not very likely to do or know they should do with their smartphone and accessories.
            danbi