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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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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.

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