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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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Better than the Icon?
By Reflex on 4/2/2014 6:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
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.

1) I do not see anything in those audio specs better than the Icon. What is specifically listed?
2) The Icon has the same body, including the metal rim. I have one on my desk in front of me. It is exactly the same as these images.




RE: Better than the Icon?
By Gunbuster on 4/3/2014 12:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
The specs for Icon and 930 are exactly the same. Are they claiming there is a difference so as not to steal thunder from the 930? After all the Icon was a very delayed phone.

This is our "new" Lumia (Really a 6 months old Verizon model that was delayed and released a month or two ago)

Also explains why the icon got lame boring black and white so less thunder was stolen on that front too.


RE: Better than the Icon?
By Reflex on 4/3/2014 6:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
WPCentral asked about hardware differences between the 930 and the Icon. Nokia confirmed that the hardware is identical, including the audio hardware, and that the only difference was a few audio features in firmware. They indicated that those features would be added to the Icon in the next firmware update (the one that will likely include WP8.1).


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