Finnish mobile maker Nokia is holding its London launch event and has promised a summer of major launches. First up is the Nokia Lumia 925, an aluminum-cased design, plus the arrival of Hipstamatic on Windows Phone.
Against the Glass
Nokia's London showcase started off with the unveiling of the Lumia 925, an aluminum bodied phone with designer looks and reduction in weight, that was code-named the 'catwalk'. Packing a 4.5" AMOLED 1,280 x 768 screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of memory, 16GB of RAM and an 8.7 megapixel camera at f/2.0 with 6 lenses, and a dual-LED flash.
Hipstamatic's new app, Oggl, is a pretty big deal for smartphone photographers and the event celebrated its arrival on Windows Phone 8. It offers the usual battery of filters, effects and access to timelines of your friend's images and your own collection.
Among the many smart features of Nokia's camera are a range of pre-set modes including Best Shot, Slo-Mo, a multi-frame Action Shot and Motion Focus to follow someone or something in action to blur the background. This all comes after last week's Lumia 928 launch on Verizon in the U.S.
The 925 will ship in June with Nokia Drive and Music, and be available on T-Mobile initially in U.S. and on Vodafone in Europe. It will cost 469 euros (US$ 616) off contract. It will launch in China later in the year.
Questions and Answers
In some on-stage Q&A after the launch (learn from this, Apple and others) Nokia representatives talked about why people buy phones and their choices. With its focus on photography explained as "Taking pictures is one of the things people do above anything else. That's an extremely relevant thing to focus on."
With that promise of more to come, what are the chances of a Nokia tablet, and an aggressive push into Android and iPhone territory now it has the power and range to compete? We'll see as the summer unfolds, but for now the 925 looks like a highly attractive device, "serene" is how Nokia described it.