The weight is over: Nokia announces thin and light Lumia 925

Nokia didn’t quite manage to keep the latest addition to its smartphone range under wraps until the official reveal – we got our first relatively clear look at it in an image that leaked yesterday. But today, the device that we’ve known about for some time as ‘Catwalk’ was finally announced by Nokia at an event in London, at which imaging and multimedia was a major focus. 

Take one look at the Lumia 925, and you’ll notice one major departure from the design of earlier Nokia Windows Phone flagships – in lieu of the tough polycarbonate plastic that has become a hallmark of many Lumia handsets, the 925 features an aluminium rim around the outside of the device, which Nokia says is also a "fabulous antenna". The aim is to banish criticisms of unnecessary weight in Nokia’s current range-toppers; with the Lumia 920 weighing in at 185g, and the 820 not much less at 160g, Nokia has clearly had some work to do. 

Despite a spec sheet that’s broadly similar to the Lumia 920 – and its closely related sibling, the Lumia 928 for Verizon – Nokia has managed to trim the fat in the Lumia 925, bringing its weight down to a much more reasonable level. It’s thin too, thin enough to strut its stuff down any catwalk, with a profile that’s considerably sleeker than its predecessors. With a profile that's just 8.5mm thick, the 925 weighs just 139g - far less than the 920 and 820, but still more than devices such as the iPhone 5 (112g). 

But this device is about much more than just looks. Carrying the torch of its Lumia 92x brethren, the new Lumia features the latest developments of the company’s innovative PureView imaging technology, bringing an updated version of the 8.7MP camera that debuted in the 920, with optical image stabilization, which Nokia claims will offer an unrivalled smartphone photography experience. Nokia has also introduced numerous new software enhancements to its imaging offering, including a new SmartCam app that helps to capture the perfect shot on the fly.

 

The Lumia 925’s specs don’t differ wildly from its progenitors; there's a 4.5-inch octaOLED screen with HD (1280x768px) resolution, but there's no integrated wireless charging, but you'll see a "sleek and slim" wireless charging cover. These covers also bring some much needed colour to the device, which is offered only in white, silver and black. The colours offered with the wireless charging covers are based on the familiar Nokia colour palette offered on other Lumia devices. 

Along with 4G LTE support, it will have the same 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor as the 920/928, along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (which is actually less than the 920, which has 32GB of storage onboard). Vodafone will exclusively offer a 32GB variant in Europe. When it arrives in June, it will be priced in Europe at €469 off-contract, and will launch Vodafone in numerous European markets, including the United Kingdom and Germany, and on T-Mobile in the US. Other carriers will make their announcements about availability in due course; a Nokia executive told me that O2 is expected to announce its plans for the 925 imminently. 

We hope to have some hands-on time with the Lumia 925 later today, so stay tuned to Neowin for our first impressions. 

Full specs: Nokia Press

Images via Nokia

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Nokia now have flagships on 3 US carriers.
AT&T - 920
TMobile - 925
Verizon - 928

928 & 925 are refinements of 920. Next gen Lumia's will launch at Nokia World.

Doesn't look all that bad, though the design of the One, Z10, and the iPhone 5 seem more appealing. IMO the polycarbonate design of the older Lumias looked better than this.

This phone is 'meh.' Maybe when Elop said he was gonna compete w/ others, he meant "We are gonna not update anything like what Apple does and sell you a 2 year old design in a new shell for full premium price."

Not to mention, they are screwing everyone w/ HALF the storage of the 920 and still no micro-SD card slot. Funny, when the 920 came out, the reason they gave for not putting an SD Card slot, was that it would 'ruin' the flow of the polycarbonate shell (since it's all molded out of one piece). Well, that's OBVIOUSLY not the case anymore.

I really hope this isn't the only 'update' phone they are bringing out this year.

I hope they continue to make polycarbonate phones and integrated wireless charging. Why are they removing wireless charging to slim down the phone when you have to add a heavy case to gain this feature back. You're basically back to the 920's weight and dimensions.

wow really, way to jump on the bashing wagon before even looking at the phone hands on. Its not going to be Hidden on Tmobile either

Nashy said,
I would upgrade. Looks good, and I am sick of my 920.

Honestly I would not trade my 920 with this: unless you get the Vodafone branded one you have less storage and I am not a big fan of aluminum; magnesium, as the Surface would have been better. It is cheaper than the 920, I paid mine Euro 599 but I will wait to see what October will bring...

Fritzly said,

Honestly I would not trade my 920 with this: unless you get the Vodafone branded one you have less storage and I am not a big fan of aluminum; magnesium, as the Surface would have been better. It is cheaper than the 920, I paid mine Euro 599 but I will wait to see what October will bring...

I just found out that the price €469 plus tax therefore the price is around €563,still che per than the 920, which I paid €599 last November, but not as much.

Nokia's got a lot of nice-looking Lumias now. The problem is all of these exclusivity deals. I mean, O2 will have the white one. Vodafone will have the black one. T-Mobile will have it in the US, but not Verizon & AT&T. I mean, seriously... what kind of strategy is that?!?

I love the Lumias & Windows Phone, but how are they going to gain serious market share with all of these weird exclusivity deals? *sigh*

Luckily, in India, none of the devices are career locked.. Downside being that outright purchase is the only option.

Plus, it would have been good if they would have launched the 928 worldwide... It has expandable memory which is missing from 920/925

Apparently the 928 too does not have expandable storage... makes me envy the 928 less but at some point I would want a lumia flagship phone with expandable storage...

Im with you on this. If you look at some of the best selling phones the iPhone and Galaxy SIII right now, there is almost no variation between the carriers. Doing these exclusive deals just makes things more complicated for the end user. I love my 810 right now, but to have the 822 on Verizon and the 820 on ATT all 3 with different form factors just doesn't seem right.

i dont get the thing about weight because do you want a phone so light that you cant feel it in your pocket... cant feel it so much because youve accidentally left it somewhere. Fair play i dont want a brick but 160 grams is hardly heavy

I've seen the entire press event and these are my 2 cents:

I didn't like the presentation itself... While the presenters did their best effort and you cannot call it "bad" at all, it's very clear that they are not born to be on stage. Please hire a professional or a team to present these great products and let the engineers/managers come on stage for a demo or Q&A. Presentations like these should be TOP, not average like they are right now.

Regarding the products: I think they are excellent and the 925 will be my next phone. While the polycarbonate is solid, it's to heavy for me and this aluminium device is exactly what I'm looking for. I'm also happy to see the new apps coming out for Windows Phone. Nokia is contributing valuable assets to the platform.

Some people here say they should start selling Android devices: I can't see any added value in that market for Nokia.

Somehow you've managed to write an entire article about the reduced weight of the Lumia 925, without actually saying what the new weight is! For the record, it's 139g. That's a serious achievement compared to the 185g of its predecessor.

Hehe - I see it. But I could have sworn it wasn't there a moment ago - did you correct the article? Still 1g off though.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Wish Nokia would dabble in Android, I love the Lumia handset design but Windows 8 just isn't for me.

This, they could release similar versions for both OSs.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Wish Nokia would dabble in Android, I love the Lumia handset design but Windows 8 just isn't for me.

We have gone over this 1000 times. They would lose money trying to "dabble" in Android- the only OEM making money there is Samsung, there is no chance for any other OEM. Microsoft and Nokia are a strong team let them strut into the future together!

TheLegendOfMart said,
Wish Nokia would dabble in Android, I love the Lumia handset design but Windows 8 just isn't for me.

android simply isn't profitable for anyone other than Samsung, MS and Nokia have a strong partnership, the OS gets great reviews, i love the OS as do many others, the only thing needed is market penetration which is happening now, the lumia brand and WP is gaining a lot of awareness with consumers here in the UK. Once critical mass is reached i think we'll be looking at an incredible success story and a comeback to silence the loudest critics.

ingramator said,

We have gone over this 1000 times. They would lose money trying to "dabble" in Android- the only OEM making money there is Samsung, there is no chance for any other OEM. Microsoft and Nokia are a strong team let them strut into the future together!


I never said stop making Windows handsets, its not like the hardware is wildly different and I understand its not as simple as just flashing Android to the handset but there is nothing stopping them putting out a premium Android Lumia, they don't have to flood the market like Samsung does with cheap subpar handsets.

Just want to make it clear that Windows Phone 8 is a million times better and more polished than Windows 8.

Not sure which OS you were saying you didn't like.

As far as Nokia doing Android, not only would they lose the $1B a year from MS, but they would have to then license patents from MS. The way it is right now Nokia gets a safety net from MS and billions of dollars from Android patent violations get funneled into Nokia. Android Nokia not happening obviously.

Avatar Roku said,
Just want to make it clear that Windows Phone 8 is a million times better and more polished than Windows 8.

Not sure which OS you were saying you didn't like.

As far as Nokia doing Android, not only would they lose the $1B a year from MS, but they would have to then license patents from MS. The way it is right now Nokia gets a safety net from MS and billions of dollars from Android patent violations get funneled into Nokia. Android Nokia not happening obviously.

No one's saying WP8 is bad, just that some of us still prefer Android to it.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Wish Nokia would dabble in Android, I love the Lumia handset design but Windows 8 just isn't for me.

I think one of the key Nokia's competitive advantage over others is their Map Services which will be useless in Android's ecosystem because there is Google Map there.

S3P€hR said,

I think one of the key Nokia's competitive advantage over others is their Map Services which will be useless in Android's ecosystem because there is Google Map there.

Nokia doesn't think that, they release Nokia Here for Android.

ingramator said,

We have gone over this 1000 times. They would lose money trying to "dabble" in Android- the only OEM making money there is Samsung, there is no chance for any other OEM. Microsoft and Nokia are a strong team let them strut into the future together!

I disagree and here is why. When Nokia announced they were dropping Symbian, they could have replaced Symbian with Android for it mid-range and lowend phones and kept most of their same market, which Samsung and the OEM'shadnt quite entered. Android being very similar in look and style to Symbian would have been a hit. Windows Phone could have been used as business or high end alternatives for North America and Europe. Asian markets oin general cant afford expensive phones which is why Nokia was king. But dropping Symbian and going right to Windows Phone basically had Nokia abandon 80% of their on market which most going to Android now, because Samsung especially is making devices at the same price points as Nokia use too.

Nokia simply did try. As many were saying teh CEO was basically a trojan horse for MS to get in, is basically right. Meebo actually would have been a bad move compared to Android.

Nokia could have used Android to keep afloat during the Windows transition. But they dint have to go full Windows Phone right off.

Samsung is the top Android maker because they simply make better phones at all price points. But where Nokia had already made a huge name for itself especially in Asian markets, Samsung wouldn't have stood a chance beyond its home country of Korea. Android has 70% of the world because it gain 1/2 of that from Nokia dumping all its costomers in the sewer and Android pulled most of them out and Apple got many of the leftovers. Its that simply.

Blackbery And Symbian based phones weer the top selling devices for 2 decades, especially in Asian countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore where all you mostly saw was Nokia. Blackberry also made headway, and Dubai was a huge benefit to them. When Symbian was abandoned, Nokia abandoned most of its customers and they had no where to turn and Google was simpky the first to answer. Which is why Windows Phone is doing poor with Nokia. If they had gradually introduced WP devices, imported the best Symbian features like Nokia Drive over time and brought Windows Phone devices cost down, they could have transitioned most of their based to Windows Phone. But no, they drop them like a dead horse...went Windows and offered nothing from the original platform for a full 2 years.

If I was a Nokia phone holder, I would never buy another Nokia phone ever...just like how Microsoft abandoned Windows Mobile, I now even though I did try; won't own a Windows Phone anytime soon and just like how RIM did with its base. Apple is doing that too now and they are headed right where all those guys did...right to the bottom faster than they think. If Google cant stay strong, hav OEM's like Samsung and HTC who bring vision and promise to Android; Android will thrive where others have failed.

TechieXP said,
I disagree and here is why. When Nokia announced they were dropping Symbian, they could have replaced Symbian with Android for it mid-range and lowend phones and kept most of their same market, which Samsung and the OEM'shadnt quite entered. Android being very similar in look and style to Symbian would have been a hit. Windows Phone could have been used as business or high end alternatives for North America and Europe. Asian markets oin general cant afford expensive phones which is why Nokia was king. But dropping Symbian and going right to Windows Phone basically had Nokia abandon 80% of their on market which most going to Android now, because Samsung especially is making devices at the same price points as Nokia use too.

Nokia simply did try. As many were saying teh CEO was basically a trojan horse for MS to get in, is basically right. Meebo actually would have been a bad move compared to Android.

Nokia could have used Android to keep afloat during the Windows transition. But they dint have to go full Windows Phone right off.

Nokia did not abandon the low-end market. That's what their Asha phones are for. And Samsung does not compete against Nokia's low-end phones with Android...at all.

I disagree that they should have utilized Android while moving to WP; it would have taken more resources than was necessary. As others have pointed out, the Android market isn't as lucrative, unless you're Google or Samsung. Advertising is key, and with the limited funds Nokia had at the time, they wouldn't have had enough to overcome Samsung's might.

TechieXP said,
Samsung is the top Android maker because they simply make better phones at all price points. But where Nokia had already made a huge name for itself especially in Asian markets, Samsung wouldn't have stood a chance beyond its home country of Korea. Android has 70% of the world because it gain 1/2 of that from Nokia dumping all its costomers in the sewer and Android pulled most of them out and Apple got many of the leftovers. Its that simply.

No, Samsung is the top Android maker, because they (and Google) are the only Android maker aggressively advertising. Your statement is also a matter of opinion; I think the Motorola Droid series are much better than Samsung's...but, since Google owns Motorola's cellphone division now, I'm not sure how they're newer handsets will pan-out.

TechieXP said,
Blackbery And Symbian based phones weer the top selling devices for 2 decades, especially in Asian countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore where all you mostly saw was Nokia. Blackberry also made headway, and Dubai was a huge benefit to them. When Symbian was abandoned, Nokia abandoned most of its customers and they had no where to turn and Google was simpky the first to answer. Which is why Windows Phone is doing poor with Nokia. If they had gradually introduced WP devices, imported the best Symbian features like Nokia Drive over time and brought Windows Phone devices cost down, they could have transitioned most of their based to Windows Phone. But no, they drop them like a dead horse...went Windows and offered nothing from the original platform for a full 2 years.

If I was a Nokia phone holder, I would never buy another Nokia phone ever...just like how Microsoft abandoned Windows Mobile, I now even though I did try; won't own a Windows Phone anytime soon and just like how RIM did with its base. Apple is doing that too now and they are headed right where all those guys did...right to the bottom faster than they think. If Google cant stay strong, hav OEM's like Samsung and HTC who bring vision and promise to Android; Android will thrive where others have failed.

It doesn't sound like you've been following current events in the handset space, nor have you tried WP in a subjective way.