Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nokia's Lumia 930 is the Flagship Windows 8.1 smartphone

LUMIA BUILD 2014
Earlier today, Nokia announced two new Lumia devices at Microsoft's Build 2014 keynote. Both of the new devices (Lumia 930 and Lumia 630/635) will be the first handsets to run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box and the Lumia 630/635 is the first windows phone device to utilize on screen buttons and it also come without a camera shutter button. The Lumia 630 comes in single and dual SIM flavours which can support 2G/3G networks.

In the other hand the Lumia 635 support LTE networks but does not come in a Dual SIM package. Additionally both of the devices will come in 5 bright Lumia colors (white, black, yellow, orange and green) and is priced very aggressively because these two devices ar targeted at emerging markets where many people are yet to own a smartphone. With these new devices it is clear that both Microsoft and Nokia are targeting the low end smartphone market after seeing the success of the Lumia 520 but the Lumia 630 is still not as affordable as the $110 Lumia 525. Additionally, the Lumia 630/635 both possess a striking back design which incorporates dual-layer shells or as nokia likes to call it ‘edge glow’  Conclusively, both of the device have identical specs and the only major difference is the dual sim support and the network support. Check out this chart below to see the full specifications of the two low-mid range Windows Phone 8.1 devices. You can read more about the design of the unique back design of the Lumia 630/635 here at Nokia’s conversations blog
LUMIA 630 LUMIA 635
DISPLAY 4.5”Clear Black IPS LCD (480 x 854) ¬ 218PPI 4.5”Clear Black IPS LCD (480 x 854) ¬ 218PPI
NETWORK GSM/HSDPA; Dual SIM (optional) GSM/HSDPA/LTE
PROCESSOR 1.2GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 ¬ Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 ¬ Snapdragon 400
CAMERA 5MP AutoFocus 5MP AutoFocus
STORAGE 8GB; micrSD support upto 128GB; 512MP RAM 8GB; micrSD support upto 128GB; 512MP RAM
WINDOWSPHONE Rev. Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan
DIMENSIONS 129.5 X 66.7 X 9.2mm ¬134g 129.5 X 66.7 X 9.2mm ¬134g
COLORS White, Black, Orange, Green, Yellow White, Black, Orange, Green, Yellow
PRICE $159 (single SIM); $169 (dual SIM) $189
The Lumia 930 in the other hand is in the same position as its predecessor, the Lumia 920. It is the flagship Windows Phone 8.1 device and basically the new refresh of the operating system is built around it. With it's 5" 1080P OLED display and 20MP Pureview camera, the Lumia 930 will most likely be able to compete with newer flagship devices like the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 because the difference between the Snapdragon 800 and 801 is not that much in real life tests. However, the main revelation about the Lumia 930 or any other flagship Lumia device lately is not the shiny new hardware but it's the camera. The Lumia 930 basically has the same 20MP Pureview camera as seen on the Lumia 1520 and the recently announced Verizon Lumia Icon. Although its the same sensor deep down but Nokia has introduced a twist to the software sides of things, the Lumia 930 is capable of recording videos with Dolby Surround sound via the 4 HAAC mics on the top and bottom of the device. But fret not Lumia 1520/ Lumia Icon users, Nokia has confirmed that this functionality will be brought down via the Lumia Cyan coming in Summer. In reality, the Lumia 930 is basically a Lumia Icon with 2 extra color options and comes without the Verizon branding and works with a multitude of mobile operators worldwide. However, there is actually a slight difference between the two, which is that the Lumia 930 does not feature a microSD slot (sigh...) to expand the device’s storage, but on the bright side, wireless charging is still built right into the device. Overall the Lumia 930 improves the camera experience of the Lumia 1520 by having a couple new software enhancements which indirectly makes the camera experience more enjoyable.
"deep down the Lumia 930 is undoubtedly the Lumia Icon"
LUMIA 920 LUMIA 930
DISPLAY 4.5” PureMotion HD+ Clear Black  (768 X 1280) ¬ 332PPI 5” OLED (1080 X 1920) ¬ 441PPI
PROCESSOR 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800
CAMERA 8.7MP Pureview with OIS and ZEISS Optics 20MP Pureview with OIS and ZEISS Optics
STORAGE 32GB; 1GB RAM 32GB; 2GB RAM
WINDOWSPHONE Rev. Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan
DIMENSIONS 130.3 X70.8 X 10.7mm ¬185g 137 X 71 X 9.8mm ¬167g
COLORS Black, White, Gray, Red, Yellow Black, White, Orange, Green
PRICE $800 $599
Anyhow, that's about it for this article, do stay tuned to my upcoming article in which i'll recap the highlights of Microsoft's Build conference this year as well as to talk about the new things in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 update. Also below here are two official hands on videos of both the Lumia 930 and Lumia 630/635 by Nokia themselves. As always, do follow us on our social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram) to get immersed with the latest tech news of trend and also so you don't miss any future update on our blog.

Lumia 930 Hands-On


Lumia 635 & 630 Hands-On