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Nokia unveils the sexy Lumia 925 with an aluminium body and OIS camera

It's here. It's arrived. Say hello to the Nokia Lumia 925.

Nokia has finally announced their new flagship Lumia 925. The launch of the new Lumia 925 is far more important than the Lumia 928 as this new phone is set or a worldwide release (928 is US only).

The Nokia Lumia 925 is the company's first Windows Phone to come with an all aluminium build, ditching the plastic (polycarbonate) for the more premium build. Upon moving from plastic to aluminium, the handset has become notably lighter than last year's flagship Lumia 920 by a whole 50 grams (that is a lot). Unlike the thick body of the Lumia 928 (10.1 mm thickness), the new Lumia 925 packs all its thrills and frills under 8.8 mm. Other than that, you have the same 4.5 inch AMOLED display (which Nokia claims as it's brightest OLED till date), 1 GB of RAM and 2012's Snapdragon dual core processor.

One of Nokia's primary focus has been the camera department and that remains the case with their new flagship. The Lumia 925 comes pre-installed with the "Smart Cam" app that shoots 10 images (burst mode) and then offers users a choice (to choose among the best one). Smart Cam has its own algorithm to pick the best image of the 10 (Best Shot), can combine several images of a moving object to create a stop-motion shot (Action Shot) as well as the ability to add blur to stationary elements in the image (Motion Focus). We were hoping for a huge PureView camera sensor (even it isn't the full 41 MP as sensor that we saw in the Symbian powered PureView 808) but that would have added a serious bump at the back of the phone (and we can definitely see that Nokia was going for a slim profile, perhaps for the first time).

Nokia Lumia 920 (left), Lumia 925 (center) and Lumia 928 (right)

Nokia Lumia 925 Specifications

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Chipset
  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core Krait CPU
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1 GB Of RAM
  • 4.5 Inches HD (1280 x 768 pixels) AMOLED Display
  • PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, Gorilla Glass 2
  • 8.7 MP Camera, Carl Zeiss Optics, Dual LED Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording @ 30 fps
  • 1.3 MP Front Camera, 720p @ 30 fps
  • 32 GB Non-Expandable Internal Storage
  • 8.8 mm Thickness
  • 2,000 mAh Battery
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Don't be fooled by the same 8.7 MP camera sensor at the back, it's an improved Carl Zeiss lens which has an additional sixth glass element (there are five already) that should help with sharpness of captured images. OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) is also a built-in feature in the Lumia 925 and should further help prevent blurry photos (which has been a complaint for long with smartphone cameras).

Here's the table citing the key differences (and similarities) between the three flagships.

We're waiting for a new video that shows off the Lumia 925 better than this.

The new Nokia Lumia is priced at €469 or roughly around $609 which puts it directly below phones such as Sony's Xperia Z (2013 flagship) in terms of price. We should be seeing the Lumia 925 hit markets across the globe soon, as Nokia said in their press release "Country-specific pricing and availability will be announced locally."

Meanwhile, Nokia was busy uploading the promo videos for their newly announced Lumia 925 flagship. Here they are:

Here's another one showing one of the new Smart Camera app features:

Preetam Nath
A 3rd year engineering student, Preetam Nath has a keen interest in following the smartphone and tablet sphere. He plays games on his favorite old PC when he's not doing anything. In the mornings, you can often find him at the gym.

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