Typically, I attend the Australian Nokia events, and last time I brought along my friend (and Symbian/MeeGo Dev) MJ (@MJJagpal) with me to photograph the 820/920 (as he is an awesome photographer). Anyway, seeing as I am travelling Europe, MJ attended the event solo. Here is what he had to say.
Tonight was the Lumia 925 / Lumia 625 Launch event in Sydney hosted by Nokia. I was lucky enough to go to see what has been going on with this new launch for the Australian market. The Lumia 925 has been extensively covered and loved by people around the world, it was great to see it and play with it here in Australia.
It was an interesting setup for the event with a space that was lit enough to create dramatic lighting effects and making you realize that it is all about the low light capabilities of the Lumia 925. The Lumia 625 was also on display along with JBL and Monster accessories. Nokia also brought out the “Here” car to the event and it was interesting to see passersby take photos of the car.
The differences in the Lumia 925 really stand out from the Lumia 920 as soon as you pick up the phone. The new slimmer, lighter profile and the mixture of Aluminum and Polycarbonate make the Lumia 925 feel premium while retaining solid build you get with the Lumia 920. Nokia has done a good job creating a range that will cater to the different tastes and requirements of the end users.
The Lumia 925 will come preloaded with the Amber update, giving you Data Sense, Smart Cam and Glance pre-installed. For Symbian and N9 users who wanted to have a “Sleeping Screen” this is now a standard inclusion. When charging Glance will show the profile icon along with the charging icon. Double tap to wake also works like a charm.
The Lumia 925 is available in retail outlets already! The RRP is $699 AUD. Telstra is expected to carry the phone on 30th July, 1st August for Optus. Vodafone will be launching very soon with an exclusive 32GB version. All colours are expected in Australia, availability will be dependent on carriers.
The wireless charging shell will be available for $39.95 AUD RRP.
The Lumia 625 was also on display and is expected to hit the retail channels and carriers towards the end of August.
The 625 drops the wireless charging and NFC capabilities; however it brings along options of an SD Card and changeable back covers. The phone itself feels good in the hand and you can easily notice the larger screen along with slight loss of sharpness due to the lower resolution. Considering the price point it will hit, I think it is a good balancing act.
It is expected to be carried by Telstra, Optus Business and soon after by Virgin Mobile. The RRP for the Lumia 620 is $399 AUD.