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

Written by Edward Chester

May 14, 2013 | 17:08

Tags: #920 #lumia

Companies: #nokia

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.

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