Nokia unveils new metal-body Lumia 925 smartphone at $610,India launch soon

The phone weighs 139 grams,compared with 185 grams for the earlier 920 model.

Written by Reuters | London/helsinki | Published: May 14, 2013 4:39:22 pm

Finnish handset major Nokia,which has been losing market share to rivals Samsung and Apple,has unveiled its latest smartphone Lumia 925 featuring a new metal cover,with its India launch expected soon.

The Lumia 925,to be sold for 469 euros ($610) before taxes and subsidies through carriers such as Vodafone and China Mobile,is the latest in Nokia’s range using Windows Phone software,on which Chief executive Stephen Elop has pinned the future of the loss-making company to reverse a dramatic drop in revenue over the last two years.

The slimmed down version of the 920 Windows phone is lighter than its predecessor,and boasts a screen that can be read in bright sunlight. The phone weighs 139 grams,compared with 185 grams for the earlier 920 model,which some critics had said was too heavy. Among the 925’s central features are its “smart camera”,which is designed to capture 10 images at once to create the “perfect” high quality image. The function is to be extended to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Asked about India launch of Lumia 925,Jo Harlow,executive vice president of Nokia’s smart devices told reporters,”We will be making a further announcement in the near future.”

“India is an important market,” she added.

Vesa Jutila,Head of Lumia Product Marketing Execution,Smart Devices at Nokia,described Lumia 925 and 928 as “flagship products” of the company.

He said,”India has been one of the big markets for us and we give high priority to it.”

Nokia is facing stiff competition from iOS and Android-based phones in smartphone category. According to data released by research firm Gartner in November 2012,Samsung and Apple dominated the smartphone market.

Nokia’s Windows Phone sales have sequentially improved reaching a volume of 5.1 million units,but it was still at tenth slot in terms of market share in smartphone segment in the first quarter of 2013.

Harlow said,”We’re advancing experiences on the Nokia Lumia portfolio.”

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