Nokia dresses up Lumia 925 in metal jacket

Finnish firm hopes Windows Phone 8 Lumia line will stem market share decline

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) unveiled on Tuesday the Lumia 925, the latest version of its Windows Phone 8 Lumia line, with a new design incorporating aluminum around the edge of the sleek, lightweight smartphone.

The Lumia 925 includes the Nokia Smart Camera mode, which is coming as an update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The Nokia Smart Camera can capture up to 10 images at once and enables users to edit pictures with Best Shot, Action Shot and Motion Focus tools.

The new phone weighs only 139 grams, compared with the much heavier 920, which weighs in at 185 grams, according to a report by TechCrunch.

Nokia is hoping that the Lumia line will help it turn around its slumping smartphone sales. According to the latest Gartner stats, Nokia's position in the smartphone market dropped to tenth place in the first quarter of 2013 from eighth place in the previous quarter.

Commenting on the new phone, Strategy Analytics noted that the Lumia "now feels thinner and lighter, which is mainly a product of the decision not to incorporate wireless charging into the core design and instead offer it as an optional, clip-on back plate. This adds a bit of extra bulk, but not prohibitively so."

The Lumia 925 will hit the European and Chinese markets in June, followed by the United States and other markets soon after that. It will be priced at around €469 ($606) before taxes and subsidies.

For more:
- see Nokia release
- check out the TechCrunch report
- read the Strategy Analytics blog

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