Nokia unveiled three new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones at Microsoft's Build 2014 conference on Wednesday - the Lumia 630
, Lumia 635
and Lumia 930
. The company also announced the Windows Phone 8.1 update will be available for the entire Lumia Windows Phone 8
portfolio as an over-the-air (OTA) update this summer - the Nokia-specific update will be called Lumia Cyan.
Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia's
Devices & Services division, made the announcements at the Build 2014 developer conference, after Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update announcements
Starting with the Nokia Lumia 930 - a device that the company calls a 'flagship smartphone which delivers the best of Microsoft
and Lumia for the ultimate video and imaging experience.' Priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 35,800) before taxes and subsidies, the Lumia 930 will be available from June beginning in Europe, Asia, India, Middle East and Latin America, and then roll-out globally over the summer. The device won't be available in the US, as it is a variant of the Lumia Icon.
The Nokia Lumia 930 features a 5-inch (1080x1920
pixel) display with a pixel density of 441ppi. The display boasts of a Gorilla Glass 3 screen, the 'Super Sensitive Touch' feature, and 'a near 180-degree viewing angle'. The Lumia 930 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage (7GB free OneDrive cloud storage).
The Lumia 930 (seen below) also sports a 20-megapixel PureView camera, which has optical image stabilization (OIS) and Carl Zeiss optics. A front-facing 1.2-megapixel wide-angle camera is onboard as well, apart from four directional microphones and integrated Dolby Surround Sound. A LTE quad-band chip and Bluetooth 4.0 LE support is featured.
Featuring an aluminium frame with metallic accents, and a curved polycarbonate back with Bright Orange, Bright Green, Black and White colours, the Lumia 930 runs on a 2420mAh battery, and boasts of built-in wireless charging.
The Nokia Lumia 930 comes with OneDrive, MS Office, Nokia Camera, MixRadio and HERE Maps, as well as specific imaging apps, such as Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller, Nokia Creative Studio and Nokia Refocus, pre-installed.
(Also see: Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update
The Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 smartphones were announced at the event as well, said to offer an "uncompromised Windows Phone 8.1 experience at an affordable price." The Lumia 630 will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM (called Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM
) variants that feature only 3G connectivity; while the Lumia 635 will offer 4G/LTE connectivity, but no dual-SIM variant.
The Lumia 630 (seen above) will start rolling out in May, beginning with Asia, Russia, China, India and Europe, starting at $159 (roughly Rs. 9,500) for the single-SIM variant, and $169 (roughly Rs. 10,100) for the dual-SIM variant. The Nokia Lumia 635 will be broadly available, including in the US, starting in July, from $189 (roughly Rs. 11,300). The polycarbonatedevices feature changeable shells.
The common specifications of the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 630 Dual SIM include a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) ClearBlack LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 and a pixel density of 221ppi; a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM; 8GB of built-in storage; a 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera; no front-facing camera, and a 1830mAh battery. MicroSD card storage expansion of up to 128GB is also supported.
The Nokia Lumia 635 and Nokia Lumia 630 will come with WhatsApp, WeChat, Nokia Camera, HERE Maps, and free Nokia MixRadio pre-installed. They also have the 'SensorCore' low-power sensing feature, meant for 'the next generation of exercise and exploration apps' like Bing Health and Fitness.
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