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Nokia 925 unveiled as slimmer, metal clad top-end phone

Nokia 925 unveiled as slimmer, metal clad top-end phone

The Nokia Lumia 925 is a slimmer, metal-clad version of the Lumia 920.

Nokia has unveiled a new addition to its smartphone lineup in the shape of the Nokia Lumia 925, a slimmer, metal-clad version of its previous flagship the 920.

The new phone also includes an improved camera - already a class-leading feature of the 920 - but in order to reduce thickness and weight it has lost inbuilt wireless charging.

The launch comes only a week after Nokia was questioned over its strategy, with investors concerned about the company's decision to stick to using only Windows Phone (which has struggled to gain tractio) rather than Android.

In response, chief executive Stephen Elop reiterated that the decision to focus on Microsoft's software gave Nokia the best opportunity to "compete with competitors like Samsung".

Nokia Lumia 925
Nokia isn't positioning the 925 as a replacement for the 920 but rather as an alternative, a move that makes sense considering the latter's inbuilt wireless charging.

Comparing the two, the 925 weighs 139g and is 8.5mm thick which comes in as 46g lighter and 2.2mm slimmer than the 920. Meanwhile the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S4, which features a larger 5in screen, weighs 130g and is 7.9mm thick.

The new phone's processor is the same Qualcomm S4 as the 920, as is the 1GB of RAM and 2,000mAh battery, so overall performance should be identical.

However, the new model uses an AMOLED screen rather than IPS LCD. Both displays are 4.5in across and feature a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, putting them a step behind the 1080p resolution models of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, though considerably ahead of the iPhone 5.

Also tweaked is the camera, which now features a six-element lens arrangement, up from five on the 920. The extra element should help correct image distortions for a sharper image. Otherwise it is still the same 8.7MP unit that uses motors to stabilise the lens and image sensor for class-leading low light image quality.

However, one feature that hasn't been added to this phone, which was added to the recently launched Nokia Lumia 928, is a Xenon flash. These are much more powerful than LEDs, though can't be used for video. The 925 instead uses two LEDs.

Perhaps most crucially of all, the Nokia Lumia 925 will still run Windows Phone, which although growing steadily in terms of user uptake and app support is still a distant third to Android and iOS. Time will tell if the new phone can turn around the fortunes of Nokia and Windows Phone.

Are you a Lumia 920 user? Are you tempted by Windows Phone? Let us know your thoughts in the forum.

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Aracos 14th May 2013, 18:57 Quote
I'm so confused with Nokia's naming scheme, it's getting as confusing as HTC's which is saying something. If the 920 is the flagship and the 925 is an alternative then what the crap is the 928?! Also I thought the 820 and 810 were high end models, am I wrong? :S

More on topic it's nice to see Nokia having a bit of a comeback. They were always known for high quality devices and I've yet to have one break on me. I may try out a Nokia Windows Phone device one day but I wouldn't say no to an Android device.
Bauul 14th May 2013, 19:32 Quote
It's not that complicated Aracos - the higher the number, the better the phone!

The 920 was the old flagship. The 925 is the new global flagship, and the 928 is a slightly improved version of the 925 (but has limited distribution).
rollo 14th May 2013, 20:06 Quote
928 is in specific countrys 925 is the new flagship in most countrys. 920 was the old flagship

820 and 810 are not high end smartphones they are more mid range and compete with SG 2 / 3 iphone 4/4s for sales.

The 928 is designed to face off agaist the htc one, Iphone 5, and SG4.
loftie 14th May 2013, 22:29 Quote
Seems like the black 925 32gb version will be exclusive to Vodafone, which sucks as that's the one I'd want.
TheDarkSide 14th May 2013, 23:37 Quote
Very happy with my 920 right now. But the 925 is only a mild refresh and not enough to compete with the recent high end androids. Nokia should not take too long to introduce a higher end model.
Nexxo 14th May 2013, 23:42 Quote
I find the 925 and 928 a bit uninspiring. The 920 just has all the little details that make it a design classic IMO. Since electronically there is no real difference between the 928 and the 920, I may save my money and upgrade to last year's model. :)
SexyHyde 15th May 2013, 00:58 Quote
Would love an Android Nokia. But until then I'll stick with HTC or the latest Nexus device.
loftie 15th May 2013, 02:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
I find the 925 and 928 a bit uninspiring. The 920 just has all the little details that make it a design classic IMO. Since electronically there is no real difference between the 928 and the 920, I may save my money and upgrade to last year's model. :)

Depends, from what I remember reading, the 925/928 was supposed to come in cheaper than the 920
SchizoFrog 15th May 2013, 09:11 Quote
I really like the design of this model although I am a little disappointed that once again there is a compromise. Just exactly why did they have to revert to AMOLED instead of keeping the better IPS LCD? Also, why did they have to lose wireless charging considering that the Samsung GS4 is significantly thinner than the L925. This just seems like a way to rip customers off by charging a new high premium for a phone that doesn't actually offer more (apart from the new camera lens) while removing a highly publicised feature (wireless charging) of new smartphones and with a screen that is not as good.
Windows Phone 8 is a great upcoming OS but it still has a long way to go to catch up to the more mature OS's of Android and iOS and the case isn't helped by the feeling that phone manufacturers almost offer a perfect device and then change a few things to make it worse. Just give us the best that can be done all in one phone and then we'll be happier. That is what The GS3 aimed to do and look at the response it got, instantly catapulting Samsung to the forefront of not only the Android market but to the head of the smartphone market as a whole.

WP8 also isn't helped by stories like this:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22529074
Where WP8 seems continually to be left out in the cold. Every time we hear about a major move in the smartphone market it involves Android and iOS but WP8 is missing out. These gaps surely can not be helping customers confidence in the product.
Snips 15th May 2013, 10:43 Quote
Nice alternative but I'll stick with my 920.

With regards to WP8, I've seen more younger smartphone users with WP8 phones than droid/iPhones recently but that might be the charm offensive with Holly Willybooby and James Cordan advertising and Nokia lower end pricing being competitive such as the 520.
Spuzzell 15th May 2013, 11:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SexyHyde
Would love an Android Nokia. But until then I'll stick with HTC or the latest Nexus device.

I was a Android user from waaaay back, but I bought a Lumia 800 for a backup phone because I loved the handset so much and it was only £150 odd.

Now I'm utterly converted, I have a 920 and I don't think I will ever go back to Android.

The livetile system is simply brilliant. Using a Droid handset now feels like going back in time 10 years, the whole icon system is just such a waste of time.

I love Windows Phone and I wasn't expecting to even LIKE it.
Snips 15th May 2013, 11:11 Quote
The whole android/iOS vs WP is only held back by Apps. Microsoft can't do much about that if the most popular services across the board wont make a WP app. Look at YouTube, they wont do it for whatever reason so Microsoft have now done their own which actually removes adverts and gives it a handy download button. It's not for lack of trying by Microsoft and if they go about things the same way, us WP users will probably get a better experience since they'll be taking the toss out of the "proper" app.
loftie 15th May 2013, 12:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Just exactly why did they have to revert to AMOLED instead of keeping the better IPS LCD?.

Nokia are bring back their sleep/standby clock in an upcoming update, at a guess, this is one of the reasons they switched to an AMOLED, not sure why you're against the AMOLEDs. This is from nokia,
Quote:
Another change with the Lumia 928 and 925 is the use of the non-Pentile AMOLED display. While Nokia will continue to work with LCD where appropriate, the AMOLED display allowed them to get that extra thinness on the 925, something that would not have mattered much on the 920 because it’s size is due to other things (polycarbonate, wireless charging and overall design).

Nokia sees AMOLED as just another tool to use when appropriate. And yes, this is still a PureMotion HD display with the high refresh rate and ClearBlack display.

As for the price and specs, the lumia is said to be slightly cheaper than the S4. Personally I'm not fussed by lack of wireless charging. Though they left it in on the 928.
Andy Mc 15th May 2013, 15:26 Quote
Quote:
The launch comes only a week after Nokia was questioned over its strategy, with investors concerned about the company's decision to stick to using only Windows Phone (which has struggled to gain tractio) rather than Android.

Someone been reading Harry Potter before writing articles?
Andy Mc 15th May 2013, 15:27 Quote
I must admit I'm tempted by the Windows Phone 8 darkside... I just got the wife the Lumia 620 and it is a really nice phone. The screen on it is outstanding, easily better than my SGS2's.
Dr Evil 16th May 2013, 10:05 Quote
Looks like Nokia have taken a year to release yet another kiddie/camera phone that's the same (or inferior) as the 920. Totally uninspiring and i'm not sure if I should even bother upgrading from my now ageing Lumia 800!

As a platform WP is great (IMO) as it isn't as "homebrew" as android or as fragmented as the now stale IOS. I'm not looking to start a holy-war, but if you have a PC at home, work and a laptop which all run Windows with Office, Skydrive, etc WP is the only choice where it all integrates so nicely. On other platforms things like onenoe and exchange email just don't function properly. These days you really do have to pick an "Eco-System" and stick to it, in order to have everything playing nicely with everything.

Such a shame though that the choice of windows phone is so uninspiring! Where are the days of Nokia creating superb business-orientated phones!

</rant>

Peace,

Evil
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