Nokia Launches a Slim Aluminium Bodied Lumia 925

In a press event yesterday in London, Nokia announced the latest entrant into the Lumia family, the Lumia 925. Apart from being slimmer than the Lumia 920, this device also features sobered down colors unlike the others in the Lumia Family – white, grey or black. Also notable is that Wireless Charging on the phone has been removed but you can snap on a Wireless Charging Case to bring back that functionality.

Quick Specs of the Lumia 925

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  • Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon
  • Dimensions : 129 x 70.6 x 8.5  mm weighing 139g
  • Display: 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768) with Gorilla Glass 2
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB user memory – not expandable
  • Camera: Rear Camera – PureView 8.7-megapixel with OIS, Autofocus, dual LED flash. Front Camera: HD 1.2MP wide angle
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, BT 3.0, NFC, WiFi, Positioning via A-GPS and Glonass, 3.5mm audio connector
  • Battery: 2000 mAh
  • Wireless Charging: Only via a charging case.
  • Networks: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, WCDMA, 2100, 1900, 850, 900, LTE 2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800
  • Audio: -IHF speaker, 2 microphones, HD voice compliant, 3.5mm AV connector
  • Expected Price :  469  Euros before taxes and subsidies (approx Rs. 34,000 in India )

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What’s different from the Lumia 920?

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  • Build – The 925 features an Alumium body with a Polycarbonte  back, while the 920 is a fully polycarbonate.
  • Screen – The 925 comes with a AMOLED screen vs the IPS one on the 920. Also the 925 features Gorilla Glass 2 vs the original Gorilla glass for the predecessor.
  • Better battery – According to the specs the 925 has a maximum talk time of 12.8 hours on 3G compared to the 10.8 on the Lumia 920
  • Camera – The 925 has upgraded optics ( a 6 lens optic ) for better low light snaps, and Nokia Smart Camera. The 920 will receive the Smart Camera app in a future OS upgrade.
  • ISO ( Camera’s Light Sensitivity): The Lumia 925 has a max rating of ISO 1600 compared to the 920’s ISO 800
  • Wireless Charging – The Lumia 925 requires a Wireless Charging case if you want to charge wirelessly, where as the 920 comes with that built into the device itself.

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Camera – Nokia’s Claim to Fame

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As with most of Nokia’s flagship devices, the Lumia 925’s claim to fame is also the PureView camera which is bundled along with the phone. This device comes with 6 piece lens optics from Carl Zeiss, with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and  a light sensitivity rating of ISO 1600, which is double that of the Lumia 920. This combination makes for better night and low light snaps on this new flagship.

Nokia’s latest camera software lens dubbed the Nokia Smart Camera adds more features to the camara software on Windows Phone 8, allowing a more creativity in the images shot using the device. The main features –   Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus allow you to choose the best photo in a group shot and remove moving people or objects from a snap, create action shot with multiple images superimposed on each other to show the subject multiple times in the same snap, and adding motion blur while focusing on the subject accordingly. Here are a few sample snaps using the Lumia 925 and Nokia Smart Camera. (Images courtesy Nokia)

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Oggl with Instagram Sharing Announced

Nokia, during their launch, announced Hipstamatic’s new app, Oggl, which allows users to take pictures apply filters and share it with other users on the Oggl network or to Facebook, Twitter and wait for it …. Instagram. Even though an official Instagram app is still not forthcoming, users can now share to Instagram officially using Oggl, since this not via a hacked API unlike another app on the Windows Phone Store.

Windows Phone Amber coming in the next month or so

Nokia also announced that an update dubbed “Windows Phone Amber” will hit existing users of Windows Phone 8 devices which will bring the  Nokia Smart Camera along with a few more goodies to our existing phones as well. Here’s a list of features we’re aware of which should be coming in:

  • Nokia Smart Camera App.
  • The ability to choose which app to start-up when the camera button is pressed.
  • FM radio is one of the features which will get turned on once the upgrade happens. Unfortunately the Lumia 620 it won’t get this feature it seems.
  • Tap to wake, featured on the 925, will also be available for the users of the Lumia 920 & 820 phones.
  • International Podcast Support
  • CalDav and CardDav support for Windows Phone 8 which allows better sync with services like Google

 In Short

Nokia’s Launch of the Lumia 925 is an attempt to augment the Lumia family. The Metal body design and sobered down colors will attract some more folks ( probably the corporate types) who were wary of the bright polycarbonate bodies of the older devices.  The phone being slimmer and lighter also helps, since quite a few people I know were complaining about the size and weight of the Lumia 920. Unfortunately, to make it so, Nokia removed the native ability to charge the phone wirelessly, and requires a special charging case of you wish to do so.

I’m still not sure of how much better this device’s camera fares compared to the older 920, but the specs do show that it is more capable in low light situations.

For users of the Lumia 920, the minor upgrade in the specs really don’t shout out to me to go upgrade immediately, since the  Windows Phone Amber upgrade will bring the software goodies into our devices as well. But I think for first time buyers the 925 will be a better buy than the 920 is.

Nokia 808 PureView – Reviewers workshop, Mumbai

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Nokia reviewers workshop in Mumbai thanks to Bloggers’ Mind and Nokia India where i got up close and personal with the Nokia 808 PureView. With us at the event were Vesa Jutila, Head of Symbian Product Marketing and Ari Partinen, Senior Camera Design Engineer from Nokia Finland.

Now we’ve already covered most of the details of this gorgeous 41 MegaPixel camera phone since its announcement at the MWC ’12 so do check out our earlier posts. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Nokia PureView 808, here are links to some of our past coverage of the Monster Camera Phone – Camera Samples from the 808 both Photos and Videos, pics of the Nokia PureView 808 phone.

Here are the device specs –

  • Display: 4″ nHD (640×360) Clear Black AMOLED
  • Processor: 1.3GHz Single Core
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 16 GB on-board storage, Expandable via Micro-USB upto 32GB
  • OS: Nokia Symbian Belle
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, USB OTG
  • Battery: 1430 mAH
  • Imaging: 41MP Nokia PureView Pro imaging technology and Carl Zeiss optics,  Xenon Flash, Full HD Video Capture

The 808 is all about the whopping 41 M camera thats built around 3 key elements –

  1. The high performance imaging sensor
  2. Nokia’s proprietary imaging algorithms
  3. The high precision Carl Zeiss optics & lenses

We’ve already saw the awesomeness of Carl Zeiss optics right from the days of N73 till the N8 and now we have something that beat them all – The PureView 808 (5 lenses stacked on each other)!!

Here are the main features outlined by Vesa at the event –

  1. ND filter – The 808 uses the Neutral Density filter which reduces the intensity of colors so that there’s no change in the hue of color rendition of the image. It gives the user the comfort of setting aperture, exposure times and motion blurs of the subject to be photographed in different situations.
  2. ISO settings – The 808 has ISO settings from a low 50 to the top value of 1600!
  3. Zoom – The zoom option on the 808 is quite different in that there’s no actual zooming happening. Instead of zooming the camera crops our the live finder to show you exactly what you want to capture.

A very important question on everyones mind there was of course – Will we see PureView techonolgy on the Windows 7 phones?? The 808 was under development for almost 5 years says Vesa Jutila and  right now, they just want to explore all possibilities he said deftly steering away from the question. Incorporating this on the WP7 phones is something that we hope to see in the future.

 

Nokia shares it's story on the N8 camera

Over at Nokia Conversations, Nokia has shared a nice insightful story on the development of the camera on it’s (hopefully) soon to be released flagship, the N8. Check out the post on Nokia Conversations to see full high resolution photos  arranged chronologically. It’s a nice walkthrough of how the camera has developed and hopefully been refined.

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