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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 rasmith260 on 4/2/2014 5:39:23 PM , Rating: -1
I think he’s referring to the fact that most human beings are attracted to symmetry. The more symmetrical something is, the more attractive it’s perceived as being. How attractive would you find a person with one eye better than the other, one arm smaller than the other, or one leg longer than the other. The Windows UI looks like a jumbled mess with different sized tiles, some of them blinking and winking on and off. It’s simply not coherent. If you look at the blink feed UI which is similar to Windows Tiles, that approach is much better. While I’m sure some people probably love this UI, most do not (based on sales), so Microsoft will eventually have to ask itself, does it want to appeal to the few or the many.

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.

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