Nokia, which is on the verge of being taken over by Microsoft has just made three new additions to its family of Windows Phones. The announcement came on the same day Microsoft made some important announcements pertaining to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. We will see what’s new with Windows Phone 8.1 in a separate article. In this one, let us take a detailed look at the one of the three new devices that Nokia introduced today – the Lumia 930. Other handsets that were also introduced today are the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 635.
The Nokia Lumia 930
The Lumia 930 is Nokia’s newest flagship device. It replaces the ageing Lumia 925 and packs in a bunch of new features. Let us now see what those new features are.
Looks and Design
Taking a cue from the metallic design of the Lumia 925 and the polycarbonate bit from previous Nokia Lumia models, the Lumia 930 offers the best of both worlds. While the body of the phone is made of polycarbonate, the edges have a premium aluminum coating. Overall, the look and feel of the device will put many other premium handsets to shame. The Lumia 930 would come in the following color options – bright orange, bright green, black and white.
The Nokia Lumia 930 features a 5-inch, full HD (1920×1080; 441ppi) display with Gorilla Glass 3 coating. Like other Nokia Lumia displays, this one also features the Super Sensitive Touch technology and a wide viewing angle.
Unlike old Lumia handsets which usually came with slower Soc’S compared to their Android and iOS counterparts, the Lumia 930 comes with a relatively new and screaming fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset that houses a quad core processor crunching numbers at 2.2 Ghz. Coupled with the processor is 2 GB of RAM which is sure to make Windows Phone 8 fly on the device. There is 32 GB of internal memory and 7 GB of additional free Cloud storage from OneDrive. The 2420 mAH battery promises over a day of battery life even with reasonably heavy usage. The device supports quad-band 4G LTE networks as well as Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
As expected of a flagship Nokia Lumia product, the Lumia 930 features an awesome camera. The spec sheet includes the usual stuff you have come to know about Pureview cameras. The Lumia 930 features a 20 megapixel PureView sensor with ZEISS optics. It also gets Nokia’s famed Optical Image Stabilization feature that helps a lot with shaky videos. While Nokia hasn’t emphasized on the low light imaging ability of the Lumia 930, it is safe to assume that this phone would be able to capture some awesome low light photos. The phone also gets some serious audio recording ability thanks to four high-performance microphones that allows it to achieve directional recording, which according to Nokia enhances the clarity of your subjects by rejecting the sounds outside the direction of capture. The Lumia 930 also comes packed with an array of imaging specific applications out of the box. These include the Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Refocus. Apart from the main camera, the phone also gets a 1.2 megapixel front camera for video calling and selfies.
Pricing and Availability
The Nokia Lumia 930 would be available starting June 2014 for an expected price $599 before taxes and subsidies. The phone would first go on sale in Europe, Asia, India, Middle East and Latin America. The Lumia 930 would not be launched in the US.