Lumia 930 Packs Metal Chassis, Windows Phone 8.1; No U.S. Launch in Sight
April 2, 2014 3:15 PM
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New phone features a premium metal body, surround sound, and Windows Phone 8.1
Nokia Oyj.'s (
) Nokia Devices --
soon to be the property of Microsoft
) -- today announced a new handset, the Lumia 930, at Microsoft's
As the successor to the Windows Phone 8 Lumia 928 and 929 (Icon) devices, the Lumia 930 was developed under the codename
. 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:
Chassis: Metal rim + Polymer backplate
Backplate Colors: red, green, or black
CPU: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Inc. (
) Snapdragon 800
GPU: Adreno 330 GPU @ 578 MHz
Memory: 2 GB DRAM
Storage: 32 GB (no MicroSD)
Qi Wireless charging
20 megapixel, PureView
Dual LED flash
1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel)
Surround Sound recording
Surround Sound speakers (playback)
$599 USD + tax/subsidies (if applicable)
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.
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.
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.
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RE: Failure to utilize current hardware, the Nokia way.
4/3/2014 12:06:20 PM
The VAST majority of people purchasing high end devices ARENT benchmarking them. The real-word difference in performance really just won't be felt to anyone, especially since the OS is very snappy, smooth, and memory efficient to begin with.
It's really hard to keep it apples to apples until the same OS can be compared on both to speculate on what the high-end user lost / never had by preferring the older SoC.
This is only a negative to people who want the highest numbers independent of UX, which is what the other 99% of people care about most, especially at the high-end.
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