Finally, May 14th is here and the wait is over. And what we have now is a slimmer version of the Lumia 920 in the form of the Nokia Lumia 925. Nope, nothing else. Oh yes, the Lumia 928 was shown off initially. A contribution to the PureViewClub by Mayuri Mehrotra, illustrated with some of the shots Nokia has provided as captured with the Nokia Lumia 925 (and a screendump of the event).
The first and most noticeable feature of the 925 is, since wireless charging is now via an accessory, the weight of the phone has dropped from 185g (Lumia 920) to 139g in the Lumia 925 – almost 50g shorn off. That’s all the critics crying ‘too heavy!’ very happy now. The phone has a beautiful aluminium rim to enhance the antenna strength. The rest of the body is polycarbonate in white, black or grey.
The PureView fans will probably be a bit disappointed as the camera module is the same as that of the 920 – 8.7MP OIS with Carl Zeiss Lens, the same PureView we now are so familiar with. No 12, 14, or 16 MP version. No Xenon flash either. Ah well, we’ll just wait for the rumoured EOS then.
However, there is now Oggl and Nokia Smart Camera. Oggl is Hipstamatic’s app for WP, and through Oggl, one can post their pictures to Instagram too, apart from the regular social media suspects (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr). So that seems to show Nokia’s not trying to seduce Instagram any longer, since the courtship #ToInstaWithLove obviously hasn’t worked.
The star of the event was the Nokia Smart Camera app, which will be exclusive to the Lumia 925 till the next update, christened the Nokia Lumia Amber Update, comes along to the older Lumias.
The Smart Camera mode captures multiple shots (10 shots in burst mode) of 5MP, and one can then tweak them in pretty interesting ways:
Best Shot – Choose the best shot of the lot.
Action Shot – where the the background remains constant and the moving object is replicated (like motion control). One can even add a fade effect in this mode.
Motion Focus – where motion blur is added to the background (pretty cool!)
Change Faces – choose the best expression for any face and make a new composite.
Remove Moving Objects View – Don’t like the stranger lurking in the picture? Voila, he’s gone!
There even was a live demo of the app with Jo Harlow, Executive Vice President of Nokia Smart Devices, dunking a basketball! Doing so she certainly showed she’s a brave woman, and not just because doing a live demo is always tricky. Both worked very well though.
Here’s the full spec sheet of the Nokia Lumia 925 - http://www.nokia.com/global/
And if you happen to like this one better than the Lumia 920 or the 928, you’ll have to wait only a few days, as it launches in June for a price of 469 Euros (before taxes). This time Nokia got the launch time right.
Stefan Pannenbecker, Head of Product Design and Jo Harlow, Executive Vice President of Nokia Smart Devices handled the presentation. Seems the Lumia 925 is not a fresh enough phone for Mr. Elop to grace the occasion?
Anyway, is this what you guys were expecting today? Is the Lumia 925 really ‘more than your eyes can see’?
In exactly two hours, Nokia will announce one or more new device(s) in London. I can’t be there, alas (like many bloggers, I also have a regular job to go to…). Although I will try to follow what’s being announced there, I won’t be able to write a live blog as the much bigger tech sites like The Verge already announced.
Maybe I will have time to bring important news on Twitter, so please follow @PureViewClub if you don’t do so already. Instead, I will try to write an analysis of some sorts later today. Sorry I can’t offer you more at the moment, I hope we’ll all be able to enjoy the news Nokia’s bringing today… Let’s see what’s next! (links opens the webcast by Nokia Conversations!)
If I would be in charge of organizing any kind of launch in the mobile industry, I’m sure @evleaks would keep me awake at night. And he/she is at it again… with the first shots of the Nokia Lumia 925. @evleaks is even showing some “mercy” saying “the back can wait until tomorrow“. But haven’t we seen that already?
What do we have so far? Not very much, really – the shots aren’t the best they’ve shown in their short carreer, but nevertheless they again have something to show before the official announcement – I’m sure some PR folks over at Nokia are prepared to tear some heads off by now.
Anyway, here they are. First the full frontal nudity of what Nokia is (probably) going to announce tomorrow…
That looks like a very nice design, to which I’d like to remark the backside seems to be a bit wider than the screen. More important for people interested in PureView tech is the hump that you can see on the side, showing room for a bigger sensor.
I’ve enlarged it a bit myself and changed the contrast to get the “best” out of the shot above.
So indeed, there is a slight “hump” on the back you might have seen in earlier leaked shots of the Lumia 925, as shown on the Chinese site “Windows Phone Bar” – a shot I never really trusted to be genuine, to be honest.
But it looks like this (above) could be the back side @evleaks is not yet showing – seeing the big sensor and the double LED flash next to it, exactly like we saw Nokia teasing on Channel 4 yesterday…
It all fits, doesn’t it? Not just leaked by @evleaks, but also shown on a Chinese website weeks ago, and teased by Nokia itself yesterday. Detailed parts of a puzzle that nears its completion.
So is this it? Will this be all? Will it be enough? I’m quite sure this small hump at the back doesn’t offer enough room for a 41MP sensor, so how much will it be?
Questions, questions… Still enough to look forward to, however. I’m not very fond of leaks to be honest – it takes away part of the excitement. But I can’t ignore them either…
As you know, I spent a week on the Greek isle of Crete, not just with my family, but also accompanied by a few smartphones to make some comparisons. I came home with dozens of shots – I’ve already shared some night shots from the hotel, captured with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 920, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Camera.
In this post you will see a video compilation from the close-ups I shot of seven flowers (and a cactus :-) with the Nokia 808 PureView and the Samsung Galaxy S4. I shot (almost) all in 4:3, so that’s the format of the video as well. Also in this video, you will see the original shots directly being followed by crops in 640 x 480.
Since the Nokia 808 PureView and Samsung Galaxy S4 have a different focal length, you will get a bit more in the picture with the Nokia 808 PureView – and less with the Galaxy S4. Hence if you make a 640 x 480 crop, you will zoom in a bit more, but I couldn’t think of a better solution to compare the shots in detail. Of course, I tried to get as similar shots as possible.
You will find all original shots on Flickr as well, so you can “crop till you drop” – I just wrote which camera you’re looking at in the top left corner, just like in the video. Don’t forget to choose fullscreen and maximum resolution (1080p) when watching it though…
I must say that under these light conditions, I was pleasantly surprised by what the Samsung Galaxy S4 has to offer, and I’m looking forward to your reactions as well!