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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
quote:
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
quote:
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.


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