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Nokia launches Lumia 925, not 'real' PureView but promising

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Following the recent Verizon-only Lumia 928 launch in the U.S., Nokia has today announced the Lumia 925 smartphone at an event in London and it's yet again bad news for all mobile photographers who were hoping for Nokia 808-type PureView technology in a Windows Phone 8 device. 

At least on paper the camera specification appears to be identical to the current Nokia flagship device, the Lumia 920. It's PureView branded but doesn't use the 808's large sensor and pixel-binning algorithms. Instead it features a conventional 8.7 MP CMOS sensor, a F2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. However, the lens gains an extra element, and is now a 6-element design. According to Nokia the image processing has been significantly improved, to offer both improved detail in good light and better quality in low light. In this regard the camera also gains an ISO 3200 setting.

The new Nokia features an aluminium band around the edge which doubles as antenna. 
 The 8.7 MP camera with Carl Zeiss branded lens is centered on the back.

The 925's aluminium-edge body with polycarbonate back and integrated antenna is also new. On the front you'll find a piece of curved Gorilla Glass 2.  At 4.5 inches the screen itself is the same size as the Lumia 920. The device also features wireless charging (with an accessory cover) and LTE connectivity.

Nokia Lumia 925 headline specification

  • 8.7 MP camera with optical image stabilization and F2.0 lens
  • Nokia Smart Camera app
  • Windows Phone 8 operating system
  • Aluminium body with integrated antenna, 8.5mm thin, polycarbonate back
  • 4.5" AMOLED WXGA (1280x768) screen sculpted with ClearBlack technology and Super Sensitive Touch for glove and nail usage 
  • Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory and 7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Wireless charging via accessory cover
  • LTE

From an imaging point of view, the most interesting new feature looks to be the Nokia Smart Camera app. It combines various features that we've mostly seen on other recent smartphone releases:

  • Multi-frame combines several captures into a composite image like we've seen on the Samsung Galaxy S4's Drama mode. You can manually pick the frames you want to use and add a fade effect to them.
  • You can erase "unwanted" objects in the background or foreground, like the S4's Eraser Mode.
  • Best Shot allows you to pick your favorite shot out of a series, again like we've seen on Samsung devices before.
  • Motion Focus is actually a feature we haven't seen on another device before. It creates motion blur on the background and makes the subject look as if it was moving rapidly. 
  • Change Faces is very similar to BlackBerry's TimeShift feature

The final output image has a size of 5MP and you can always go back and edit a Smart Camera multi-shot series in a new way. Sometime in summer Nokia will launch the so-called Lumia Amber firmware update which  will make Smart Camera app available to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. Nokia also announced that Hipstamatic will make its new Oggl app available for Windows Phone 8 with the launch of the Lumia 925.

The Nokia Lumia 925 will start shipping in June at an unsubsidized price of 469 Euros in Europe, no details on U.S. pricing are available at this point. Initially the device will be available through T-Mobile in the U.S., China Mobile and Vodafone in Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain.

Nokia Lumia 925 sample images

These sample images have been provided by Nokia, so we can assume they have been taken under perfect conditions. Until we can share our own sample shots, these images should give you some idea what the camera and the new Nokia Smart Camera app are capable of.


Comments

Total comments: 8
vetsmelter
By vetsmelter (May 17, 2013)

Camera that needs to borrow software effects from Samsung and Blackberry?
7GB free Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage as a feature?
Windows Phone 8 still?
Naturally no FMRadio transmitter, SDCard, Keyboard, built in XMPP (Jabber) , SIP clients etc...

Nokia went such a long way (backward) since 2009.
Another one for the recycling industry in 6 months (at actual availability).

Next generations will thank us to use earths resources on that.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (May 17, 2013)

You'd want a keyboard on this phone? Really?

1 upvote
ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (May 15, 2013)

Why? Nokia, please just keel over and die.

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BokehGlass
By BokehGlass (May 15, 2013)

Why? I would love to see every companies fight for their life. With your thinking Apple should be dead by now. They were heading for bankruptcy in the 90s.

1 upvote
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (May 15, 2013)

yay!...but I like the "Laser" more than "Catwalk"
nice work with the new camera software
good to know that OIS stays
and super sensitive "gloves on" display
and the free whole world vector HERE Maps
and so on

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (May 14, 2013)

Looks like the picture quality is good enough for screen viewing at least. Looks like a pretty impressive DR in there / the beach photo. Would be interesting to see the video quality tested, especially with the optical image stabilization turned on. Hello dpreview Connect, would you like to test the stabilization on the best smart phones?
:rJ

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Gryfster
By Gryfster (May 14, 2013)

Its not an all metal body, it's a metal rim with a polycarbonate back...

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Erin Lodi
By Erin Lodi (May 14, 2013)

You're right, we've corrected above.

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Total comments: 8
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