Earlier this morning in a presentation held in London, Nokia took the wraps off of the latest international Lumia flagship device in the Lumia 925. The Lumia 925 marks a slight departure for Nokia in that it uses an aluminum bodyshell instead of its common polycarbonate-based body designs and will also usher in a further progression of its lower-grade PureView OIS camera technology, mostly centering on improved software and slight hardware changes.
The result of the bodyshell redesign is a phone 8.5mm thick with a weight of 4.9 ounces (the Lumia 920 is 10.7mm thick and weighs 6.53 ounces by comparison.) Nokia stated that by adding metal to the external frame, it was able to make improvements to the antenna technology inside the phone, improving the effective reception and signal stability for the device compared to previous models.
Nokia also took care to add and emphasize some of its most advanced imaging features to the 925, which features an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash, and a wide-angle 1.2-megapixel user-facing camera. The camera includes improved optics for sharper pictures (such as a lens with a f/2.0 aperture) and new software that allows people to take 10 quick shots and then use Nokia’s onboard software to edit them, which Nokia calls Smart Camera and has also confirmed that the software will be included in a general firmware update for the entire Windows Phone 8 powered Lumia line as the Amber Update later this Summer.
In terms of hardware, the 925 has a 4.5-inch AMOLED display at 1280 x 768 pixels with Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor, GPS/GLONASS, and a 2,000mAh battery. The Nokia Lumia 925 reaches European markets in June, and will follow in the U.S. later this summer. It will be sold by T-Mobile USA and feature LTE support, though pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.