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The Lumia 925 will hit T-Mobile in the US and Vodafone in the UK

Nokia has officially introduced its new Lumia 925 smartphone running Windows 8. Nokia boasts about its PureView camera promising "the best" low light images and a new aluminum body.

The smartphone features the new Nokia Smart Camera mode that will be coming is an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Smart Camera offers users an easier way to capture 10 images at one time and the ability to edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus. The camera also allows users to share photographs on various social networks all at the same time.

"We keep innovating," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. "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."

Due to its metal frame, the Lumia 925 doesn’t support native wireless charging. Instead, Nokia is offering a wireless charging cover that can be clipped onto the back of the device allowing it to be used with the Nokia range of wireless charging accessories.

The phone uses a 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA resolution display; Nokia promises that the display is easily read in sunlight and the screen can be used while wearing gloves or with fingernails. Most of the other specs of the device are rather mundane, including a 2000 mAh battery and a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. The rear camera has 8.7-megapixel resolution and features optical image stabilization. Other hardware features include a 1.2MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
The first network to get the device in the United States will be T-Mobile.

Sources: Nokia, T-Mobile

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wireless charging cover?
By Manch on 5/14/2013 9:07:00 AM , Rating: 2
Seems like a step back to me. The composite err.. plastic body is durable and quite nice. I like aluminum, but the plastic self heals minor scratches and i dont need a seperate cover for the wireless charging. If the wireless charging cover acts as a phone case, or only makes it as thick as a 920 then sure ok.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By superflex on 5/14/2013 9:22:16 AM , Rating: 3
I for one, am tired of cheap looking and feeling plastic phones.
IMHO, the move to premium exterior finishes is the future.
I understand the gripe about the loss of wireless charging with a metal body, but connecting a charging cable to my phone is not the end of the world.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By DukeN on 5/14/2013 9:50:30 AM , Rating: 1
I am for one, all in favor of form over function.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By p05esto on 5/14/2013 7:27:54 PM , Rating: 2
No way. Aluminum sucks. It scratches so easy and only comes in one color. After a few weeks of use an aluminum phone looks terrible. I'll take that saoft composite plastic finish any day of the week. Plus I like a little color in my life and aluminum only comes in one color.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By FITCamaro on 5/15/2013 7:17:20 AM , Rating: 2
Inside a case, they all look the same.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By Manch on 5/14/2013 10:12:50 AM , Rating: 4
Ive had my share of phones with crap plastic, but the lumia phones dont feel or look cheap, and they are quite durable. I have an 800 and a 920, and I dont bother with a case bc the body itself is so durable and resists scratching. I only use a screen protector. It's possible to use plastics without it seeming second rate. Not having the wireless charging isnt the end of the world, but I think the wireless charger cover just seems like a craptastic solution. The metal body phones have "windows" for the antenna's, so why not for the wireless charging? Plus how much weight/bulk does teh aluminum shell save?

RE: wireless charging cover?
By CaedenV on 5/14/2013 10:44:27 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 920 as well and completely agree; Wireless charging is no longer an option, I drop my phone all the time and it still looks new even without the use of a case or screen protector, and no, plastic does not have to feel cheap!

As for the new phones; yes, the metal body does make it notably lighter, and while the camera is the same depth as the 920 the bulk of the body is much thinner which is a big complaint had by a lot of reviewers (not so much customers though).
You cannot have wireless charging with a metal frame because it acts as a shield from the coil. This same grounding phenomenon that ruins wireless charging is what makes reception a little better, so you end up with some give and take. I would be perfectly fine without wireless charging if there was an upright stand for the phone that charged via the contacts on the back of the phone. I just know far too many people who managed to keep their phone nice only to have their phone be 'broken' due to the USB port wearing out before the end of the contract. Wireless charging (or contact charging) completely removes that fear, and I only have to use a USB cable when doing a big photo dump, or swapping out my music selection.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By Manch on 5/15/2013 5:20:50 AM , Rating: 2
OK, cool, thanks for the info. I didnt know that about the metal case interfering with the wireless charging. I was looking at the pics, and the back looks like its plastic? or is it painted aluminum? Also if the wireless charging case is plastic, then that just defeats the purpose of having an aluminum case.

I love the wireless charging. I've broken a few usb ports on some of my phones and I'm always careful but lots of times, they just dont seem like the port is secured in the case well and wear/break rather easily.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By Mitch101 on 5/14/2013 10:50:27 AM , Rating: 3
I don't bother with a case or screen cover its really durable and scratch resistant and I find cases just interfere with the phone. No phone should need a protective case if they do then its made from cheap materials.

Nokia Lumia 920 Hammer & Knife Scratch Test

Nokia Lumia 920 Destruction: What Does It Take?

He finally had to throw it against a concrete lamp post to break it.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By hughlle on 5/14/2013 10:42:36 AM , Rating: 4
Plastic or aluminium has nothing to do with "premium"

Not every plastic phone is a samsung phone. There are phones out there made from plastic that feel every bit as premium as something made from aluminium. I for one much prefer the plastic casing of my htc desire to aluminium cases. Feel fantastic. No scuffs, no scratches, no dents. It could be argued that a dented aluminium phone is far from a premium exterior.

It is my opinion that if the right plastics and design are used, then there is no argument over plastic being inferior or superior to aluminium, it is then all a matter of personal preference, and nothing more. But as said, if we are talking plastics such as the samsung phones and tablets, then yes, it is my opinion that theses are very inferior.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By half_duplex on 5/14/13, Rating: 0
RE: wireless charging cover?
By BRB29 on 5/14/2013 11:00:55 AM , Rating: 2
My Galaxy Nexus is plastic and it feels solid, more sturdy than my friends' GS3. However, holding the Nexus while holding the HTC One, iphone5, or any solidly built aluminum phone is night and day. It does not make that much difference in everyday use though. Just feels nicer and your lid/batteries don't fall out when you drop the phone.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By V-Money on 5/14/2013 11:30:24 AM , Rating: 2
IMHO, the move to premium exterior finishes is the future.

I always found it funny that the best phone I've ever owned, seen, or used in terms of the "feel" was my Nexus One. I loved that phone, it just felt so nice and it seemed so solid. When I upgraded to the Galaxy Nexus it took me awhile to get used to it and I honestly hated it (form wise) compared to the N1. The aluminum body ones look pretty, but I still don't like the feel of them as much as I did the N1, but I may try a One as my next phone if the Nexus 5 doesn't lure me in.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By nafhan on 5/14/2013 1:29:02 PM , Rating: 2
If phones increase significantly in durability over what we've got currently, I'd agree with you. As it is, me and just about everyone I know puts their phone in a big ugly plastic case ASAP. This obviously negates any benefit I see coming from "premium feeling" materials.

RE: wireless charging cover?
By superflex on 5/14/2013 1:38:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the masses have spoken and I'm obviously in the super minority.
I agree Nokia plastic is a far cry from Samsung plastic and plastic has it's benefits. Never having owned a phone with wireless charging, I guess I dont see the benefit.
I just think in the world of top of the line phones with retail prices north of $600, premium materials are one way to differentiate yourself from the hoards.

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