This past weekend, Nokia promised us 'the new Lumia coming.' Today, at a press event in London, the company unveiled a brand new smartphone running Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 925.
You might remember that the commercial Nokia aired at the weekend focused on the new Lumia's camera. Though this isn't the long-rumored EOS smartphone, Nokia has paid special attention to the camera on this phone. Nokia is claiming more advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software for clearer, sharper images and video (though it's the same 8.7-megapixel PureView lens as the Lumia 920). Not only that, but the 925 is the first phone to feature the new Nokia Smart Camera mode, which allows you to take 10 pictures in quick succession and edit them afterwards with various effects, including 'Best Shot,' 'Action Shot,' and 'Motion Focus.' Nokia says it plans to roll out Smart Camera mode as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.
Camera aside, you're looking at a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768) display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB RAM, 16 GB user memory, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS, Glonass, and a 1.2-megapixel camera up front. If a lot of the specs seem quite close to the Lumia 920 (same processor, same amount of RAM), that's because Nokia is calling this "a new interpretation" of the Lumia 920. Perhaps one of the biggest differences is the body of the phone, which is slightly smaller. The 925 is over 1mm shorter than the 925, and is roughly 2mm thinner. The casing is polycarbonate with an aluminum frame as opposed to the all-plastic chassis of the Lumia 920.
The 925 is expected to start selling in June. First, it'll be hitting the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain with Vodafone and other operator and retail partners. After that, it'll be available in China with China Mobile and China Unicom, followed by the US with T-Mobile. It will be priced at around €469 before any taxes or carrier subsidies. No word on US pricing.