Nokia unveils Lumia 925 smartphone

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Handset manufacturer’s new flagship device to go on sale in the UK from next month, with Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4U, O2, Vodafone and Three confirming they will range it

Nokia has unveiled the Lumia 925 smartphone at a launch event currently taking place in London.

It will begin shipping globally from next month, available in black, white or grey and costing €469 (£399) SIM-free. Sales are expected to start in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China, followed by the US and a number of other markets.

So far, O2, Vodafone and Three have confirmed they will be selling the Lumia 925, which is likely to replace the Lumia 920 as Nokia’s flagship product.

The Lumia 925 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapgragon processor and runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system. It has an aluminium body, the first time a Lumia smartphone has been made from metal.

Featured is a 4.5-inch screen made from toughened Gorilla Glass, an 8.7-megapixel rear camera with Nokia’s PureView imaging technology, 1.2-megapixel front camera and HD video capability.

The camera features Nokia Smart Camera mode, which enables users to capture 10 images and use options such as ‘Best Shot’, ‘Action Shot’ and ‘Motion Focus’ to edit and create the best shot.

Nokia will release this as a firmware update called ‘Nokia Lumia Amber’ to its entire Windows Phone 8 smartphone portfolio in the summer.

Wireless charging is also enabled with the handset, this time with a cover that fits to the back of the phone. The covers will be sold separately and be available in black, white, red and yellow. This technology was first debuted by Nokia on the Lumia 920 with a wireless charging plate.

Other features include 16GB of internal memory with 7GB of free SkyDrive storage. Nokia’s HERE suite of location and navigation services and Nokia Music, which provides unlimited streaming of free music playlists, are also pre-loaded.

Nokia Smart Devices executive vice president Jo Harlow said: “We keep innovating. We’re advancing experiences on the Nokia Lumia portfolio, whether that means great new benefits for an existing Lumia owner, or bringing new showcase devices like the Nokia Lumia 925.”

Microsoft Windows Phone Division corporate vice president Terry Myerson said: “Together with Nokia, we continue to change the way people think about smartphone camera. The work Nokia has done with the Lumia 925 further enhances the imaging capabilities of the Lumia smartphones.”

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