At Microsoft’s Build 2014, Nokia announced three Lumia smartphones based on Windows Phone 8.1 and a series of exclusive Nokia features. Nokia confirmed that Windows Phone 8.1 is scheduled to be available across the entire Lumia Windows Phone 8 portfolio as an over-the-air update this summer following testing and partner approvals.
New Phones at-a-glance:
– The Nokia Lumia 930 is a flagship smartphone which delivers the best of Microsoft and Lumia for the video and imaging experience.
– The Nokia Lumia 635 and Nokia Lumia 630 offers an Windows Phone 8.1 experience and bring Microsoft and Lumia innovations to more affordable prices.
– The Nokia Lumia 630 comes in two variants and introduces more choice as the first Lumia with dual-SIM, targeted for growth markets like China and India.
– New devices introduce ‘SensorCore’, which provides low-power motion sensing with Bing Health and Fitness – SensorCore SDK also being piloted with select partners ahead of public release.
– Imaging SDK 1.2 BETA is an updated Nokia Lumia SDK that will enable developers to build the next generation of imaging and social apps.
– The entire Lumia range with Windows Phone 8 will get an over-the-air update called Lumia Cyan, which will combine Windows Phone 8.1 and unique Lumia features into one update package.
– Windows Phone 8.1 introduces new features – including more details at glance with LiveTiles, fast Word Flow keyboard and Action Center that help people get closer to things they love.
“Today we are introducing people to the best of Lumia and the best of Microsoft through three stunning devices based on Windows Phone 8.1. In addition to the new developments from Microsoft, Nokia is delivering people an uncompromised imaging experience, great design and better business phones,” said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia’s Devices & Services. “We’re also pleased to bring the great developments in Windows Phone 8.1 to the Lumia devices people love today.”
Starting this summer, Windows Phone 8.1 will be rolled out to existing Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners along with exclusive Lumia experiences as an over-the-air update called Lumia Cyan. Windows Phone 8.1 introduces more details at-a-glance through Live Tiles, one swipe to important notifications with Action Center, faster ways to connect and type with Word Flow and, starting in the US, along with a personal virtual assistant called Cortana.
Accompanying the Windows Phone 8.1 over-the-air update will be enhancements to the camera roll and Creative Studio, as well as an improved Nokia Storyteller app, for sharing stories as a video slideshow on social networks.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the flagship phone running on Windows Phone 8.1, and features:
– A 20 megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics and Rich Recording, delivering video and imaging experience with new Living Images innovation.
– Chassis includes of metal and vibrant polycarbonate with a 5-inch ClearBlack screen,1080p Full HD display (1920×1080; 441ppi), with Gorilla Glass 3.
– It is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor delivering more from content like apps, games, the Internet and integrated Microsoft services like OneDrive and Microsoft Office.
-It has 32GB of internal storage (7GB free OneDrive cloud storage) and 2GB of RAM.
– It sports 2420 mAh battery with the capability of built-in wireless charging .
The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India, available from USD 599 excluding taxes and subsidies. [Image Shown at the top of the post]
The Nokia Lumia 630 and Nokia Lumia 635 also runs on Windows Phone 8.1 and delivers:
– A Snapdragon quad core processor providing a faster social experience with Word Flow and social apps like WhatsApp and WeChat.
– It comes with colorful design with changeable shells and 4.5″ ClearBlack screen and Gorilla Glass 3 with apps and games including Asphalt 8 and Vimeo.
– More choice with three variants, including the Lumia 630 in 3G single SIM and the first Lumia with 3G Dual SIM; plus the Lumia 635 in 4G/LTE.
-It is powered by 1830mAh battery and sports 5MP rear camera with autofocus
Nokia Lumia 635- The same experiences as high-end Lumia smartphones including SensorCore with Bing Health and Fitness, Microsoft Office, Nokia Camera, free Nokia MixRadio streaming, and free Global maps and navigation from HERE. The Nokia Lumia 630 is expected to rollout in May, beginning with Asia, Russia, China, India and Europe, from $159 for the single-sim variant, and $169 for the dual-sim variant. The Nokia Lumia 635 will be widely available, including in the US starting in July, from $189.