Nokia announces the Nokia Lumia 925

Craig Richards (Twitter, Google+)
14th May 2013, 11:54am
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Today Nokia introduced a new addition to the Lumia line, the Nokia Lumia 925. This latest addition to the family is meant as a replacement to the award-winning Lumia 920 as Nokia's flagship device and brings a new look and newer hardware for the best experience available from a smartphone.

The Lumia 925 comes with a sleek new metal-finished design and has a nice metal frame. The 925 also comes with a new AMOLED display which offers superior brightness and sunlight readability. Nokia have also made improvements to their amazing PureView technology.

In many ways this new Lumia seems like an updated 920, offering the same software and similar specifications. Both phones run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and sport a dual-core Snapdragon CPU. While the CPU doesn't seem like much when compared to Android devices, just remember this is a Windows Phone device and it doesn't need a quad-core CPU to run the OS smoothly. Both phones also sport 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage (with an exclusive 32GB version being offered on Vodafone). They also both have Nokia's brilliant 8.7MP PureView camera on the rear with Optical Image Stabilization but the 925 has made a few improvements to make it even better in low-light and they have improved its normal-light quality too.

The main difference between the 2 devices is with the screen. While the old Lumia 920 has a 4.5" LCD IPS Clearblack display, the 925 uses a 4.5" AMOLED display with Clearblack technology, offering a much brighter (and battery friendly) screen. Both also offer Nokia's Super-sensitive touch so they can be used while wearing gloves or with fingernails. Another thing worth mentioning is the 925 is much lighter and thinner when compared to the 920. Some people knocked the 920 for being too bulky and heavy (I disagree but then again I like phones to be heavy as it's harder to lose them). Nokia have taken this suggestion and shaved off almost 50g from its weight, dropping it to 139g. The thickness has been reduced by over 2mm too from 10.7mm to 8.5mm. This should satisfy people who don't want a 'bulky' phone.

One thing I personally found strange with the Lumia 925 is the Wireless Charging. The Lumia 920 has it built into to the phone so every Lumia 920 has Wireless Charging support. The 925 has it as an optional backplate, similar to the Lumia 820. I'm guessing the new aluminium frame of the 925 interferes with the wireless charging in some way. The advantage of it being offered as a backplate is colours can be changed easily, ideal for those who can't decide which colour Lumia they would like.

The Nokia Lumia 925 is expected to start selling in June, first in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain followed by the US with T-Mobile. It will be priced around 469 EUR before any local taxes or subsidies.

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