Nokia on Wednesday announced new smartphones during Microsoft’s Build 2014 keynote, the Lumia 930 and Lumia 630, with both devices expected to run Windows Phone 8.1 and to launch later this year. Additionally, the company said that its existing Lumia lineup will also be updated to Windows Phone 8.1 later this year via an over-the-air update.
The Lumia 930 will be the company’s next 5-inch flagship handset. The device will have a Full HD display, 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, built-in wireless charging mode, a 20-megapixel PureView camera with additional software features to improve photo quality, four microphones, and Windows Phone 8.1 running the show.
The Lumia 930 will launch this June starting with Europe for around $599, and it’ll be available in a variety of colors. The device won’t launch in the U.S., where the company will focus on other handsets, including the Lumia Icon.
In addition to the flagship model, the company also unveiled two mid-range models, including the Lumia 630 (single-SIM and dual-SIM 3G) and the Lumia 635 (4G). Both devices will be available for “much lower price points,” in five colors, with changeable shells. Either phone version will offer a 4.5-inch screen, 1.2GHz processor, and run Windows Phone 8.1 from launch – particularly interesting is the way Windows Phone 8.1 works on dual-SIM phones, generating distinct Tiles for each phone number. Also interesting is the fact that these affordable Lumia handsets will also pack a sensor to track fitness activities.
The Lumia 630 and 635 will be the first model that will sell with Windows Phone 8.1 on board this May starting with Asia – the phones will launch in the U.S. in July. Prices are set at $159 for single-SIM Lumia 630, $169 for the dual-SIM Lumia 630 and $189 for the 4G Lumia 635.
The full press release follows below.
Nokia unveils the first dual-SIM Lumia, the 630; the affordable Lumia 635; and the flagship Lumia 930
Nokia announces Windows Phone 8.1 will come to all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8
San Francisco, U.S.A. – Today 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.
– The Nokia Lumia 930 is a flagship smartphone which delivers the best of Microsoft and Lumia for the ultimate video and imaging experience.
– The Nokia Lumia 635 and Nokia Lumia 630 offer an uncompromised 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 innovative 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 exciting 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.”
People get closer to everything they love with Windows Phone 8.1 on Lumia
Starting this summer, Windows Phone 8.1 is set to roll 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 easy swipe to important notifications with Action Center, faster ways to connect and type with Word Flow and, starting in the US, a personal and proactive virtual assistant called Cortana. In addition, the Windows Phone 8.1 enterprise pack means existing Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will become better business phones.
Accompanying the Windows Phone 8.1 over-the-air update will be new unique experiences for Lumia that further enhance Nokia’s leadership in imaging. This includes 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.
New Lumia smartphones integrate the best of Microsoft and Lumia
Nokia Lumia 930The Nokia Lumia 930 is the flagship embodiment of Windows Phone 8.1, and features:
– A 20 megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics and advanced Rich Recording, delivering a flawless video and imaging experience with new Living Images innovation.
– A stunning design combining elegant metal and vibrant polycarbonate with a 5-inch ClearBlack screen for unmatched viewing of Vyclone, Netflix and Xbox Video, even in bright daylight.
– A Powerful 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor delivering more from content like apps, games, the Internet and integrated Microsoft services like OneDrive and Microsoft Office.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India, available from USD 599 before taxes and subsidies.
The Nokia Lumia 630 and Nokia Lumia 635 provide an uncompromised Windows Phone 8.1 experience at an affordable price, and deliver:
– A Snapdragon quad core processor providing a faster social experience with Word Flow and social apps like WhatsApp and WeChat.
– A unique colorful design with changeable shells and 4.5″ ClearBlack screen delivering a great entertainment experience 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 speedy Lumia 635 in 4G/LTE.
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, which save time and money.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is expected to roll out in May, beginning with Asia, India/Middle East, South America and Europe, at USD 159 for the single-sim variant, and USD 169 for the dual-sim variant before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia Lumia 635 is expected to be broadly available, including in the US starting in this summer, from USD 189 before taxes and subsidies.
Building a winning third ecosystem
Nokia Lumia is making it easier for developers to build the next generation of imaging apps with the updated Nokia Imaging SDK 1.2 Beta. Available starting today at developer.nokia.com/imaging, the latest Imaging SDK features a combination of leading image manipulation capabilities and filter effects for Windows Phone 8.1 and other Windows devices. Nokia also announced that the new SensorCore SDK is being piloted with select partners ahead of public release.
Read more about the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 630 and Windows Phone 8.1 on Nokia Conversations.
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