Fresh on the heels of its Lumia 928 announcement, Nokia has just taken the wraps off the Lumia 925: an updated, metal-clad version of the Lumia 920 that packs some enticing new features beneath the hood.
The Lumia 925 represents a move away from the polycarbonate of the past and to a camera phone with a built-in metal rim that acts as the antenna, just like the iPhone.
One of the notable updates over the 920 is a new Nokia Smart Camera mode, with the option to shoot ten images at once (similar to the post-processing features you can find in a bunch of other phones at the moment like Best Shot and an Action Mode). Basically it's Nokia's version of the HTC Zoe, but with each sequential shot being at 5-megapixels -- "something no one else does" apparently.
Otherwise, you’re looking at a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, 1280×768 4.5-inch screen, and the same 8.7 f2.0 camera on the back. The biggest physical change is that metal body. Not only does it feel better in the hand, but it shaves a whopping 46g off the weight of the Lumia 920 (if you remember, the biggest criticism of that handset was its ample beer belly).
The other changes are relatively small -- the screen is OLED rather than IPS LCD, and the internal storage has, weirdly, dropped from 32GB to 16GB. With no microSD card slot, that could turn out to be this handset’s Achilles heel.
Another curious move is the addition of wireless charging covers, which piggback on the main phone, and allow wireless charging. The Lumia 920 had the same feature integrated into the phone's body.
There's no word on when it ships in Australia yet or how much it will go for, but the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, China and the US will definitely be getting it before us:
Sales of the Lumia 925 are expected to start in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China in June 2013, followed by the US and a number of other markets.
Nokia says it's too early to share details on availability and pricing for Australia but as soon as we have an update, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, here's a look at the basic specs:
Nokia Lumia 925
Operating system: Windows Phone 8 HERE location and mapping services: Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+; Free HERE Transit available in the Store Display: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED WXGA (1280x768), 2.25 D sculpted Gorilla 2 Glass, ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight Readability, Super Sensitive Touch for glove and nail usage Battery: 2000 mAh battery, Wireless Charging supported via an accessory cover Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon Main camera: PureView 8.7 MP with Optical Image Stabilization, Autofocus, short pulse high power dual LED flash, most advanced lens technology, 1080p HD video at 30fps with Optical Image Stabilization. Includes Nokia Smart Camera mode. Front facing camera: 1.2 MP wide angle Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage