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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 Reclaimer77 on 4/2/2014 8:42:27 PM , Rating: 0
Adroid which is an ugly version of Windows XP with its widgets and shortcuts where you need to buy UI launcher replacements to make stock look half way decent?

Is this your idea of an honest evaluation of the Android UI? This is garbage!

Microsoft and you fanbois need to wake up. The average person finds the "Modern" UI absolutely revolting. How you guys convince yourself otherwise is astounding to me.

By themaster08 on 4/3/2014 2:02:53 AM , Rating: 3
Of course its all personal opinion
It was his opinion! Just because his opinion goes against your precious Android, that doesn't make it "garbage". I too also find Android to be sub-par in the UI department. Again, this is my opinion, so don't bite my head off just because it doesn't agree with your more important opinion, oh great one.

The average person finds the "Modern" UI absolutely revolting.
No, you might find it revolting. Its problem its its useability on a desktop, not how it looks.

You're the one who needs to wake up, and grow up.

By themaster08 on 4/3/2014 10:11:27 AM , Rating: 4
Your logic is flawed.

So because WebOS was a failure, does that make its UI hideous?

There are other factors at play here other than the actual look of the UI, such as:

Lack of apps
Licensing costs
Inital lack of devices
Useability on traditional PCs
Microsoft's inability to distinguish differences between RT and Windows 8 to consumers

Windows Phone consistently scores high in customer satisfaction ratings. The people who actually use these devices genuinely enjoy these devices. Nokia come second only to Apple in JD Power customer satisfaction ratings, scoring higher than any Android OEM:

Instead we're supposed to read your so-called evidence which consists of ridiculing something that you most probably barely have first-hand experience of for any amount of respectable time.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 5:59:06 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone consistently scores high in customer satisfaction ratings.

So does VW, maker of some of the worst cars on the road. Customer Satisfaction ratings are just PR fluff. Proven by Apple, somehow, taking the top spot. Proof that customer ratings are only as reliable as the customer.

So because WebOS was a failure, does that make its UI hideous?

You question my logic, then say this? Horrible analogy.

By Reflex on 4/3/2014 6:55:02 PM , Rating: 3
Um, customer satisfaction numbers prove customer satisfaction. I know very few Apple customers who are unsatisfied with Apple products. That is why the company has such loyal fans. Since JD Power is measuring customer satisfaction, rather than whatever your personal arbitrary ratings are, their measurement seems in line with reality.

Much like that, Nokia also has a very strong satisfaction rating with customers. This is why WP fans cheered when they signed on, and Android fans expressed so much disappointment that they did not enter the Android market instead. Nokia builds great phones. Always have. And their customer satisfaction ratings demonstrate that.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2014 7:06:57 PM , Rating: 3
I know very few Apple customers who are unsatisfied with Apple products.

Exactly! That just proves how stupid and ignorant they are.

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