Build 2014: All things Lumia

Several new Lumia smartphones were announced at Build 2014, read on past the break to find out more.

Lumia 930

The international variant of the Lumia Icon (a carrier exclusive to the US carrier Verizon), the Lumia 930 is the flagship for Windows Phone 8.1, just like how the HTC 8X is the flagship handset of Windows Phone 8.

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Here are some of its key specs:

  • 5-inch Full HD ClearBlack OLED display¬†with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800
  • 20 MP PureView camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB non-expandable storage
  • 2420 mAh battery
  • 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm

While the screen and processor is certainly befitting of a 2014 flagship, it is slightly disappointing that the Lumia 930 does not have a microSD card slot, considering that its users will be compelled to snap away given its excellent PureView camera.

Also, in terms of 2014 flagships, the 2420 mAh battery seems a little lacklustre, though that does not necessarily translate to a similar real life performance. Still, a larger battery capacity would be appreciated given the size of the phone.

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Daring design

‘Daring design’, as Nokia has put it, is a good way to describe the design, especially with the bright orange and green options. With the aluminium frame and the renders available so far, I can’t imagine the Lumia 930 looking good in real life clad in bright orange or green. A grey option would have been preferred, since the Lumia 930 borrows design elements from the Lumia 925, which looks mighty fine in grey.

Lumia 630 and 635

Nokia also took the chance to announce another two Lumias, the 630 and the 635, which are both budget-friendly Lumias.

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Here are some of the Lumia 630’s key specs:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA ClearBlack LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400
  • 5 MP autofocus camera
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB expandable storage
  • 1830 mAh battery
  • 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm

The Lumia 630 has two variants, one with the usual single SIM and another with dual SIM 3G. The Lumia 635 is essentially the same phone as the single SIM 630, with the exception of  the 4G LTE capability.

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The dual SIM 3G Lumia 630

Touted as the most affordable Lumia (even more so than the legendary Lumia 520), the single SIM variant of the Lumia 630 will retail for US$159, and the dual SIM variant will come at a price tag of US$169. With its 4G LTE capability, the Lumia 635 will bump that up to US$189, which still makes it an extremely affordable smartphone.

Lumia Cyan

Continuing the naming style of Windows Phone updates, Nokia’s over-the-air Windows Phone 8.1 will be dubbed as Lumia Cyan, just like how the WP8 GDR3 update was named Lumia Black for Lumias.

The Lumia Cyan update will be largely focused on imaging, including enhancements to the camera roll, photo editing app Creative Studio, and Nokia’s Storyteller app. Of course, these are all on top of the new features of Windows Phone 8.1, which are already making us excited.

The newly announced Lumias are expected to be available nearing the end of Q2, and they will be pre-loaded with the new Lumia Cyan update.

Do stay tuned for more updates regarding Windows Phone!

All photos courtesy of Nokia

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