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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 hpglow on 4/2/2014 4:53:32 PM , Rating: -1
Some of us don't want to pull a $500+ device out of our pockets that looks like a cheap toy. The only issue with metal is that it blocks radio signals. Other than that I don't see your opinion. I don't mind plastic if it feels solid and looks decent the problem is no one is bothering to make a nice plastic phone. They definatly are commanding enough money for these phones to pay for better build, fit, and finish it just isn't happening. I would rather break 7 phones made of solid glass than be seen pull something that looks like a bar of soap out of my pocket.

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.

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