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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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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.


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