The first Nokia Lumia smartphone that sports a metallic case was officially announced today. Dubbed Nokia Lumia 925 it comes with a metallic frame that covers the edges, but it is a lot different from what we saw on the Sony Xperia SP. The Finnish phone maker used the metallic frame as an antenna for several internet modules, an idea that seems borrowed from the iPhone 4S.
The new Nokia Lumia 925 sports a 4.5-inch display with HD resolution and ClearBlack AMOLED, and, as you probably expected it runs Windows Phone 8 out of the box.
The new Nokia flagship smartphone is underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset with two Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 225 GPU, plus 1 GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the Nokia Lumia 925 coes with 16 GB of flash, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t sport a microSD card slot.
The camera mounted on the back of the Nokia Lumia 925 comes with an 8.7 megapixel sensor with PureView technology, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, F2.0, and dual LED flash, while the front-facing camera is a 1.2 megapixel unit with HD video recording support.
The connectivity features of the new Windows Phone 8-powered smartphone include WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 4G LTE, HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, wireless charging and a microSIM card slot. The Lumia 925 packs a 2,000 mAh battery while being 127.5 mm tall, 70.5 mm wide, 8.5 mm thick and weighing 138 grams.
The Nokia Lumia 925 doesn’t have a metallic lid on the back. Nokia offers wireless charging support for the new terminal, but only if you use an adapter that is attached on the back of it. The three contact points positioned above the speaker are the ones that transfer the power from the adapter to the battery. Nokia must have chosen to ditch the Qi module from the case to reduce its weight.
As I was mentioning above, Nokia Lumia 925 doesn’t come with support for microSD cards while the internal storage is limited to 16 GB. In my opinion, it’s not enough for a flagship smartphone.
The PureView camera with 8.7 megapixel sensor was slightly improved compared to the one on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 928. It now has six lens instead of five lens and it promises even better performance in low light conditions and improve photo quality.
The Nokia Lumia 925 release date in Europe was set for June with with a price tag of €469. Vodafone will be the first carrier to have it in stock, soon followed by other carriers. There are no words yet about its debut on the North American market.