This past week, Nokia unveiled its newest entry into the smartphone wars. While most of the smartphone market runs either Android or iOS devices, Microsoft is hoping that Nokia’s new Lumia 925 device will garner significant traction with consumers. The Lumia 925 is powered by Windows Phone 8 – but the device’s body is protected by aluminum. The result is a sleek, lightweight design that’s durable and modern.

How does aluminum come into play with the Lumia 925? Let’s take a closer peak with TechHive:

Nokia’s new Lumia 925 phone has an aluminium frame that functions as an antenna, and is lighter and thinner than the Lumia 920, but otherwise offers similar performance to its predecessor.

Nokia revealed the Lumia 925 on Tuesday, hoping to build on the small measure of success it saw during the first three months of the year when it sold 5.6 million Windows Phones.

One feature distinguishing the 925 from other Lumia phones is the aluminium frame around the edge, which also works as an antenna. The phone weighs 139 grams, almost 50 grams lighter than its portly predecessor. It is also thinner, at 8.5 millimeters compared to 10.7 millimeters for the 920. It doesn’t have integrated support for wireless charging, but that can be added via a back cover.

Will a sleek new design be enough to deter the users from the dominant Android and iOS platforms? That’s for other blogs to decide; over here, we’re just glad to see tech innovators continue to use aluminum in groundbreaking ways.