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Nokia launches Lumia 925 smartphone

Nokia is launching a new flagship handset, presumed to be the Lumia 928, at a special event in London today.

The Finnish smartphone manufacturer has tempted members of the European press down to Holborn this morning with the promise that we're set to "See What's Next" in the Lumia story, though it's not impossible that there are other devices on the horizon in addition to a new top-of-the-line mobile.

At present, we're bunkered down below Victoria House - the curtains are expected to lift on the event at around 10:00 BST this morning, so stay tuned for more.

To give you an idea of what's likely to be coming, Nokia released a Lumia teaser video showing off the mystery handset's camera capabilities against the likes of Apple's iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Nokia's VP of Industrial Design, Stefan Pannenbecker, and EVP of Smart Devices, Jo Harlow, are our hosts this morning, They cut straight to chase and give us not one, but two new handsets - the all-metal Lumia 925 (below) and the polycarbonate Lumia 928. That's a bit of a surprise, I suppose - a lot of people thought the Lumia 925 and 928 would be variants of the same device.

It looks like we're being spared a live celebrity appearance à la the BlackBerry 10 launch; instead, Nokia is showing off the Lumia's audio capabilities with an exclusive Ed Sheeran video.

Another talking point is that Hipstamatic will be coming to Nokia's new Lumia handsets and by connection Windows Phone 8. The popular photography app will launch a new bit of software, called Oggl - the first time it has ventured away from the cozy confines of Apple's iOS platform, apparently.

As expected, Nokia is really keen to emphasise the photography swagger of the Lumia 925 and Lumia 928. In addition to talking up the 8.7-megapixel 'PureView'-branded cameras that will adorn the duo, the Finnish firm has announced a brand new native photography app, Nokia Smart Camera, which will arrive across the Lumia range this summer as part of an OTA update, dubbed Amber.

The main presentation is wrapping up now, with Nokia confirming Vodafone and O2 as its UK network partners of choice. The company hasn't pinned down a firm release date, saying only that new flagship the Lumia 925 will start shipping in June and carry a retail price of €469 before local taxes - around £400 pre-VAT. We'll be chasing up specification information as a matter of priority, but it's probably safe to say that the lack of bells and whistles regarding processor power, display resolution and the like means that many key specs are similar enough to those found on the Lumia 920. A short, to-the-point launch - time to join the demonstration area scrum now.

Here it is, ladies and gents: Nokia's new flagship, the all-metal Lumia 925. Once known simply as the 'Catwalk' phone, it's essentially a beautified Lumia 920 and that's scarcely a bad thing - slimmed down and sexed up on the aesthetic front, and with added beef in terms of camera functionality. It was all-but-impossible to capture, but in dark room demonstrations, its low-light shooting performance really was superb.

Without wanting to gush too much or spoil the hands-on to follow, the Lumia 925 really is an impressive specimen - as with the HTC One, the brushed aluminium chassis gives it a superb, luxurious hand feel and the rounded edges mean it sits comfortably in the palm.

And this is the Lumia 928. With a polycarbonate build, it's presumably going to be offered at a less premium price point than big brother the Lumia 925.

If only by virtue of how well the new Nokia flagship handled, the 928's sharper edges felt a bit abrasive by comparison. But, assuming it packs the same feature set as the 925 - especially in the camera department - it should be a hugely competitive mid-range smartphone.

Some key specs quickly: the Nokia Lumia 925 will measure 129 x 70.6 x 8.5mm (LWD) and weigh 139g. In addition to its pimped out 8.7-megapixel 'PureView' camera with optical image stabilisation, the Lumia 925 will sport a 4.5in AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels (331ppi) - the same as the Lumia 920. 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 will come with 16GB of on-board storage and support wireless charging.

That's about all we can accomplish on the ground, folks. Thanks for joining us this morning and stay tuned for more on Nokia's new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 925, including a hands-on, spec comparisons, and the all-important review.