Nokia has just unveiled the Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone 8 handset today. Before going further I will just make it clear from the get go and tell you right now that the Nokia Lumia 925 is just a small update to the Lumia 920 similar to the Lumia 928. The only real significant update is the material of the body and a 6th glass element to the lens in the camera assembly to improve sharpness of the pictures (finally!).
The Nokia Lumia 925 has basically the same internal specifications as the Nokia Lumia 920 and 928: It has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core SoC, 1GB of RAM 16GB of internal memory (32GB version is exclusive to Vodafone), only two HAAC mics like the 920 (the 928 has three of them), the same 4.5 AMOLED WXGA screen as on the 928 etc. Here are the full specs:
Networks: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, WCDMA, 2100, 1900, 850, 900, LTE 2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800
Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB user memory
Display: 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768)
Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon
Camera: PureView 8.7-megapixel with OIS, Autofocus, dual LED flash. 2nd camera: HD 1.2MP wide angle
Size: 129 x 70.6 x 8.5* mm (*volumetric). Weight: 139g
Connectivity: USB 2.0, BT 3.0, NFC, WLAN a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5mm audio connector
Battery: 2000 mAh
Audio: -IHF speaker, 2 HAAC microphones, HD voice compliant, 3.5mm AV connector
Maximum 2G talk time: 18.3 h
Maximum 3G talk time: 12.8 h
Maximum 3G standby time: 440 h
Music playback time: 55 h
Wireless charging: Yes, with accessory cover
So as you can see the Nokia Lumia 925 is nearly identical to the 920 and 928 but is a lot slimmer and lighter. It’s only 139g compared to 185g for the 920 and 169 for the 928. This is in part because the Lumia 925 doesn’t feature wireless charging out of the box and requires an ad-on cover to enable it. The 925 will also be available in 3 colors: White, Grey and black (the wireless cover will be available in all the other Lumia colors though).
Nokia has also introduced a new camera lens application called Smart Camera which will effectively replace the currently available Smart Shoot lens and add loads of new features like burst mode, object removal, motion blur, face replace etc all at 5Mpix which is a first for a smartphone. Here are three videos highlighting the application’s features in action:
One thing that wasn’t motioned in the presentation is that the Smart Camera Lens can be set as the default camera interface launched by the hardware camera button on the phone thanks to a firmware tweak courtesy of Nokia. But keep in mind that you will only be able to shoot in 5Mpix in this mode.
Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will capture 10 frames at 5 megapixels per photo like the Lumia 925, but on the Lumia 520, Lumia 620 and Lumia 720, the number of frames (7) and image resolution (1MP) will be lowered to ensure the overall experience remains great. More specific information about timings will be shared following partner testing and approvals
The Smart Camera Lens will be made available to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia handsets later this summer via the Lumia Amber update which will include updates to the OS (GDR2), improvements to the camera stack with improvements to noise-reduction algorithms and other Nokia exclusive features like the tap-to-wake lock-screen.
As you can see the Nokia Lumia 925 is nothing more than a ne iteration of the Nokia Lumia 920which should help the company stay in the news until the big successor finally hits us this fall alongside the Windows Phone Blue update. If you already own a Nokia Lumia 920 there’s frankly no good reason to get a Lumia 925 given that both handsets are for the most past similar. If you were waiting for a slimmer 920 and can’t wait until this fall then this one is for you if you are on T-Mobile in the US which will be the exclusive carrier in NA or on Vodafone in Europe. Pricing is set at €469 off contract but the handset apparently won’t hit a French carrier until July (you will have to buy it off contract). The good news though is that this is only the start of a string of product announcements from Nokia this summer so stay tuned for more…