More expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S4? Nokia Lumia 925 hits pre-order ahead of 12 June release

Nokia's new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 925, has hit pre-order status with at least one UK retailer, ahead of a provisional 12 June consumer release.

The Digital Phone Company has sent the Lumia 925 live, anointing it with a whopping SIM-free price tag of £589.99 - dearer even than the coveted Samsung Galaxy S4, which is available via Amazon for £540 at time of writing.

Apple's iPhone 5 is also a comparative bargain - it's can be had for a mere £529 direct from the manufacturer. On tariff, the Digital Phone Company has the Lumia 925 available free from £37 a month over two years.

The successor to 2012's Lumia 920, Finnish smartphone maker Nokia recently launched the Lumia 925 at a special event in London. At the time, the company said that the new handset would fetch €469 before local taxes were applied - so about £400 pre-VAT.

Vodafone Germany appears to be the first European carrier to officially list the Lumia 925 for pre-order, intriguingly offering the device in a 32GB model - it was thought the handset would only come available with 16GB of on-board storage.

The Lumia 925 is a slimmed down, sexed up version of its predecessor, cutting down girth to 8.5m (from 10.7mm) and weighing in at a mere 139f (versus the Lumia 920's 185g). Nokia's new flagship also sports an 8.7-megapixel 'PureView' camera complete with optical image stabilisation and featuring low-light shooting capabilities.

Elsewhere, the Nokia Lumia 925 will sport a 4.5in AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels (331ppi). Under the hood, there's a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, plus 1GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery. The device runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system.

For more, check our our hands on with the Nokia Lumia 925.