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New phone features a premium metal body, surround sound, and Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) Nokia Devices -- soon to be the property of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) -- today announced a new handset, the Lumia 930, at Microsoft's BUILD conference.

As the successor to the Windows Phone 8 Lumia 928 and 929 (Icon) devices, the Lumia 930 was developed under the codename Martini.  It packs the latest and greatest Windows Phone 8.1, which includes numerous updates including Microsoft's "Siri killer", the Cortana voice assistant.  Windows Phone 8.1 also adds an Action Center for faster settings tweaks and for receiving important system messages.

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop describes the Lumia 930, stating:

The Lumia 930 is absolutely a flagship device built on and for Windows Phone 8.1.  The 930 is just a beautifully crafted device.  It has a bunch of great colors.  Naturally as a flagship Lumia device the Lumia 930 offers unprecedented images and videos.

The Lumia 930's spec, as announced is:
Lumia 930
  • Body
    • Chassis: Metal rim + Polymer backplate
    • Backplate Colors: red, green, or black
  • Hardware
    • CPU: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800
    • GPU: Adreno 330 GPU @ 578 MHz
    • Memory: 2 GB DRAM
    • Storage: 32 GB (no MicroSD)
    • LTE connectivity
    • Qi Wireless charging
    • Camera
      • Rear

        Lumia 930 camera
        • 20 megapixel, PureView
      • Dual LED flash
    • Screen
      • 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel)
      • 5-inches
      • Clearblack OLED
    • Audio
      • Refined dual-mic
      • Surround Sound recording
      • Surround Sound speakers (playback)
  • Price
    • $599 USD + tax/subsidies (if applicable)
  • Availability
    • Europe, Asia, Middle East, India -- June
    • North America -- ??
Nokia says that its strategy in the U.S. is still focused on the Lumia 929 (Icon) which will receive a Windows Phone 8.1 upgrade and carries a nearly, but not quite identical spec.

Lumia 930

The primary difference between the Lumia 930 and the Icon is that the Lumia 930 packs better audio and a more refined body chassis, including the premium metal rim.  

Lumia 930 hero

Clearly the U.S. is getting the shaft here, but hopefully Nokia will bring the Lumia 930 to the States sometime in late Q3 2014 or Q4 2014.

Sources: Nokia [1], [2]

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I prefer the 920 style body
By atechfan on 4/2/2014 3:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't find the metal rim makes it more "premium" at all. The polycarbonate bodies from earlier Lumias look more unified. But that is subjective, so whatever. What I don't get is leaving out the micro-SD card slot on a flagship device. Come on Nokia, this is one area where you should not be emulating Apple.

Whatever I may have said about the look, or fit and finish, of Sammy phones, the are to be applauded for resisting this trend of skipping removable storage and removable batteries.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By inighthawki on 4/2/2014 4:16:00 PM , Rating: 2
I actually really like this one. In the past I've made comments about my displeasure in the lumia line. I've never been a fan of the nokia phones. But this one in particular catches my eye. I find it aesthetically pleasing, and it doesn't look too huge/bulky or plasticky like other models. Definitely has a nice look of polish to it IMO.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By atechfan on 4/2/2014 4:25:51 PM , Rating: 2
Like I said, looks are subjective. That still doesn't excuse no micro-SD slot. I like almost everything else about the phone. Big fan of the stellar audio recording ability on Nokia phones.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By inighthawki on 4/2/2014 5:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely, I was not trying to say you're wrong, looks are of course subjective. Was just providing my own opinion is all. Lack of micro SD card is probably a pain for some, but I personally have never needed one. Not a big deal for me.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By atechfan on 4/2/2014 7:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 1020. I didn't think I'd miss the SD slot, but I take a lot of video. There are times I wished it had removable storage.

By NellyFromMA on 4/3/2014 12:02:11 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 32gb sd card in my phone and maybe have used half. I just really have no use for > 32GB of storage on the go. As long as I can transfer files onto and off of the device, I'm personally fine with no SD card. Would be nice to have one, but its not a deal breaker by any means for me.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By Motoman on 4/2/2014 4:25:15 PM , Rating: 2
Metal is a vastly inferior material to be using for smartphones...but it's gotten a connotation of "quality" from marketing and the unthinking masses, so that's what the OEMs are doing.

Save me some money, weight, and durability problems and make my phone plastic please.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By hpglow on 4/2/14, Rating: -1
RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By atechfan on 4/2/2014 4:58:57 PM , Rating: 5
I'd rather have a device that doesn't break. My self esteem is good enough that I don't have a need to be seen puling something pretty out of my pocket.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By Belegost on 4/2/2014 6:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
Truth is my cyan 920 still gets a lot of comments for looking cool and unique. Especially from women (which my wife might not totally enjoy.)

I have no strong opinions on the use of metal, but if I compare holding my wife's new 5S with my 920, I prefer the feeling of the polycarb, it's warmer and softer feels more natural in my hand. Of course I'm willing to admit some of that is a year and half of using it every day, by this time the phone has molded to match my hand. =)

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By atechfan on 4/2/2014 7:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree with you on the feel. The polycarb Lumia had a soft yet solid feel that few other phones I have held match.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By NellyFromMA on 4/3/2014 12:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
Real-life experience: two years of moderately using my plastic S3 show I have several cracks around the plastic edges. It looks like if I really wanted to bend my phone in half, I could do so with barely any force if the battery cover wasn't on.

So, I personally think plastic is inferior to metal based on actual experience. Your mileage may differ, but I take really good care of my things and feel confident in my observations with my S3 and its build quality. Had they chosen something other than plastic, I'm sure it would have held up to real-use longer than 2 years. I guess they only want it to last as long as that though.

By Xplorer4x4 on 4/8/2014 10:27:19 PM , Rating: 2
I take really good care of my things

Doesn't sounds like it talking about the cracks around the edges, but I don't think you can compare the flimsy plastic backing on the S3 to the polycarb casing on the Lumia phones. The Lumia backing is not a thin plastic snap on cover such as the S3.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By name99 on 4/2/2014 7:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
Save me some money, weight, and durability problems and make my phone plastic please.

This strikes me as misguided. I have no problems with plastic (I think the iPhone 5Cs look great), but your complaints, IMHO, make no sense.

Weight is not really an issue with phones (unlike tablets, and perhaps phablets).
Durability I don't understand --- plastic can scratch, aluminum can dent. They're both not invulnerable. I don't see any obvious reason why one is superior to the other.

What metal does give you (if done well) is a chassis that prevents flexing and makes the device feel like a solid block. To achieve that with plastic is harder. Like I said, I like the 5C. But an iPhone 5 or 5S is an astonishing thing to hold in one's hand, ridiculous in its metal perfection in a way that's not adequately conveyed by photos. The only minuscule flaw detracting from its monolith-like feel is the very slight lip from the metal band to the screen --- I expect at least part of the sapphire brouhaha is about removing that lip.

I won't deny that, yes, metal leads to higher manufacturing costs. But this is not a user-level concern. Your device of choice costs what it costs, and it's not your problem whether the manufacturer makes a higher or lower profit on that particular model.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By atechfan on 4/3/2014 4:43:34 AM , Rating: 1
Just because Apple can't make a plastic phone that doesn't flex and feel like crap, doesn't mean others can't.

By NellyFromMA on 4/3/2014 12:03:18 PM , Rating: 2
My plastic S3 has cracked a ton from my two years or so of use. Had it been metal, perhaps it would have lasted longer.

I don't think its inferior at all personally. It's a matter of execution, and then taste, really.

RE: I prefer the 920 style body
By Ammohunt on 4/2/2014 6:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
32gb of internal storage is a lot! I have a micro sd slot in my current Nokia windows phone that never leaves the phone. For me a Windows Phone OS + 5" HD Screen means phablet and my $$ when it becomes available.

By NellyFromMA on 4/3/2014 12:00:21 PM , Rating: 2
Just another reason why I dislike the US mobile sales model. This phone looks like a great replacement for my S3. I'm on ATT though and refuse to deal with Verizon altogether due to negative experiences with them in the past.

I've been waiting for a truly worthy replacement for my S3, and hardware/software wise, this one seems to be just right :/ Eff you VZW... again.

By stm1185 on 4/2/2014 3:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
Every other major Smartphone vendor will be releasing Snapdragon 801 or equivalent devices. Yet Nokia will still be shipping 800 based devices. How do they expect to compete at the high end with Android devices if they keep utilizing last generation SoCs?

The new 930 will have the same SoC as the Nexus 5, yet will probably cost twice as much. Is a better camera module, metal body, and Windows Phone worth that?

By nikon133 on 4/2/2014 4:41:40 PM , Rating: 4
Personal opinion here. I'd rather have better camera than faster SoC. I'm relatively light on apps, and even Lumia 920 is more than fast enough for my usage scenarios. A month ago I swapped phone with my wife for a week, and tried her iPhone 5s (which should be significantly faster than Lumia 920). Again, in my usage scenarios major - basically only difference I have noticed was that apps load a tad faster on average.

So yeah. Unless Snap 801 improves significantly on battery life, I couldn't care less for more speed over Snap 800. But I do agree with other posters re SD card. Removing it from this phone sounds like an attempt to make artificial difference between this and phablet 1520. They should of offer at least 64GB version of 930, but considering that some of the entry level Lumias have SD, it should be on 930.

By inighthawki on 4/3/2014 11:28:11 AM , Rating: 2
To provide a counter opinion: I'd rather have a larger battery than either of those, and if had to choose, I'd go with the SoC over the camera. I rarely, if ever, use my phone's camera. Maybe a dozen pictures of 3+ years, most of which I've never looked at, or were just for a quick shot to show something to a friend.

By notposting on 4/2/2014 5:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
Last generation? 801 is an incremental speed bump. Exact same hardware, but, get this, incrementally faster.

By Belegost on 4/2/2014 6:10:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it does improve the image processor as well - but given that the 20MP pureview already works great with the 800 I don't see any benefit there.

Everything else is just a bit of an overclock, and one that will only come into play when thermals are good enough.

By KurgSmash on 4/2/2014 5:49:08 PM , Rating: 2
Oh please. They are one minor bump behind what's being released _right now_.

Windows Phone on this CPU will perform better in most tasks than Android phones with a very slightly faster CPU anyway.

By anactoraaron on 4/2/2014 8:13:55 PM , Rating: 2
This phone will have the 801 - the adreno 330 @ 578 gives it away. The article stating that it will have the 800 is in error.

Plus, the 32gb version of the N5 is 399+tax and shipping (compare apples to apples since this phone will have 32gb). Mine came to $442, so $599+tax isn't exactly going to be 'twice as much'.

By BZDTemp on 4/3/2014 8:31:27 AM , Rating: 2
Remember that the Windows Phone OS is a very effective one so much of the time there is less need for horse power to have a good experience.

For me the one reason to not get a 930 is that my 920 is such a great piece of kit. And with WP OS 8.1. coming to all Lumia's many of the new features will be available to me that way.

By NellyFromMA on 4/3/2014 12:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
The VAST majority of people purchasing high end devices ARENT benchmarking them. The real-word difference in performance really just won't be felt to anyone, especially since the OS is very snappy, smooth, and memory efficient to begin with.

It's really hard to keep it apples to apples until the same OS can be compared on both to speculate on what the high-end user lost / never had by preferring the older SoC.

This is only a negative to people who want the highest numbers independent of UX, which is what the other 99% of people care about most, especially at the high-end.

Very nice.
By KurgSmash on 4/2/2014 5:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia gets it - this is one of the better looking phones I've seen. In particular, it has a minimum of bezel. I want a 6" phone like this, would be completely perfect.

RE: Very nice.
By coburn_c on 4/2/2014 6:04:25 PM , Rating: 2
Since the license is free now, what about an LG G3 with windows phone?

RE: Very nice.
By atechfan on 4/2/2014 7:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
I expect we'll see an increase in the number of flagship Windows Phones from other vendors in the coming months.

RE: Very nice.
By chµck on 4/2/2014 9:01:24 PM , Rating: 2
Lumia 1520.

Better than the Icon?
By Reflex on 4/2/2014 6:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
The primary difference between the Lumia 930 and the Icon is that the Lumia 930 packs better audio and a more refined body chassis, including the premium metal rim.

1) I do not see anything in those audio specs better than the Icon. What is specifically listed?
2) The Icon has the same body, including the metal rim. I have one on my desk in front of me. It is exactly the same as these images.

RE: Better than the Icon?
By Gunbuster on 4/3/2014 12:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
The specs for Icon and 930 are exactly the same. Are they claiming there is a difference so as not to steal thunder from the 930? After all the Icon was a very delayed phone.

This is our "new" Lumia (Really a 6 months old Verizon model that was delayed and released a month or two ago)

Also explains why the icon got lame boring black and white so less thunder was stolen on that front too.

RE: Better than the Icon?
By Reflex on 4/3/2014 6:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
WPCentral asked about hardware differences between the 930 and the Icon. Nokia confirmed that the hardware is identical, including the audio hardware, and that the only difference was a few audio features in firmware. They indicated that those features would be added to the Icon in the next firmware update (the one that will likely include WP8.1).

Say What?
By kyuuketsuki on 4/2/2014 5:13:56 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia said their U.S. strategy is going to continue to be focused on the Icon? Which is Verizon-only? So basically anyone who isn't on Verizon is outta luck?

Love your phones (still rocking my Lumia 920) Nokia, but if this is going to be your strategy then your strategy sucks and I may have little choice but to get something else.

RE: Say What?
By Belegost on 4/2/2014 6:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
No kidding, the 1520 is bigger than I want.

On the other hand, my 920 is still awesome, so I'm happy to keep my money for now.

But what I really want is a 1020 update (1030?) with updated image processor and SoC, that should fix the slow capture problems with the 1020.

By lithium451 on 4/2/2014 6:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
The sharp metal edges don't do it for me. If i wanted an iphone 4 i would have bought one.

Will stick with my Nokia 925 for now.

Backplate colors
By ComputerJuice on 4/2/2014 9:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
"Backplate Colors: red, green, or black"

Oh nokia... you announce your colors, then do all your product release materials using colors you don't offer.

Colors such as Orange & white.

By Etsp on 4/2/2014 4:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
Disorganized? I don't understand what you mean by that.

By SAN-Man on 4/4/2014 2:56:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you didn't think about it apparently so not surprising.

By SpartanJet on 4/2/2014 5:06:12 PM , Rating: 1
What do you like?

iOS which is basically a toy os, its UI basically is a simple app list.

Adroid which is an ugly version of Windows XP with its widgets and shortcuts where you need to buy UI launcher replacements to make stock look half way decent?

Of course its all personal opinion, I think it looks great and is extremely functional and customizable. Obviously you feel differently.

By SpartanJet on 4/2/2014 7:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
I think at best you are describing personal opinion about the Modern UI. I don't think you can speak for "most" people. I find the other UI's terrible but it doesn't make them so, or give me the ability to say "most" people dislike it.

Basing on sales probably isn't a good indicator about the like/dislike about the Modern UI either at this point with limited availability on some models or people feel locked in with other platforms. Like I have been dying to get one of the new windows phones but Tmo hasn't carried a high end model so I'm leaving them when my contract expires.

I absolutely love the new modern UI and I find my productivity and navigation much faster than with the mess Adroid is or the toy like interface of iOS.

By themaster08 on 4/3/2014 2:02:53 AM , Rating: 3
Of course its all personal opinion
It was his opinion! Just because his opinion goes against your precious Android, that doesn't make it "garbage". I too also find Android to be sub-par in the UI department. Again, this is my opinion, so don't bite my head off just because it doesn't agree with your more important opinion, oh great one.

The average person finds the "Modern" UI absolutely revolting.
No, you might find it revolting. Its problem its its useability on a desktop, not how it looks.

You're the one who needs to wake up, and grow up.

By themaster08 on 4/3/2014 10:11:27 AM , Rating: 4
Your logic is flawed.

So because WebOS was a failure, does that make its UI hideous?

There are other factors at play here other than the actual look of the UI, such as:

Lack of apps
Licensing costs
Inital lack of devices
Useability on traditional PCs
Microsoft's inability to distinguish differences between RT and Windows 8 to consumers

Windows Phone consistently scores high in customer satisfaction ratings. The people who actually use these devices genuinely enjoy these devices. Nokia come second only to Apple in JD Power customer satisfaction ratings, scoring higher than any Android OEM:

Instead we're supposed to read your so-called evidence which consists of ridiculing something that you most probably barely have first-hand experience of for any amount of respectable time.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 5:59:06 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone consistently scores high in customer satisfaction ratings.

So does VW, maker of some of the worst cars on the road. Customer Satisfaction ratings are just PR fluff. Proven by Apple, somehow, taking the top spot. Proof that customer ratings are only as reliable as the customer.

So because WebOS was a failure, does that make its UI hideous?

You question my logic, then say this? Horrible analogy.

By Reflex on 4/3/2014 6:55:02 PM , Rating: 3
Um, customer satisfaction numbers prove customer satisfaction. I know very few Apple customers who are unsatisfied with Apple products. That is why the company has such loyal fans. Since JD Power is measuring customer satisfaction, rather than whatever your personal arbitrary ratings are, their measurement seems in line with reality.

Much like that, Nokia also has a very strong satisfaction rating with customers. This is why WP fans cheered when they signed on, and Android fans expressed so much disappointment that they did not enter the Android market instead. Nokia builds great phones. Always have. And their customer satisfaction ratings demonstrate that.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 7:06:57 PM , Rating: 3
I know very few Apple customers who are unsatisfied with Apple products.

Exactly! That just proves how stupid and ignorant they are.

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