Verizon received the Nokia Lumia Icon in February, and the new Verizon Nokia fit the company’s pattern of US exclusives; AT&T received the Nokia Lumia 1020 prior to Verizon’s Lumia Icon. Well, the Nokia Lumia Icon is a Verizon exclusive in the United States, but the phone’s headed to Europe – under a different name.
What Verizon and the US call the “Lumia Icon,” the rest of the world will call Nokia Lumia 930. The Lumia 930 follows on the heels of the Lumia 925 and will involve upgrades from the Finnish manufacturer’s last release. Matching much of what we’ve seen in the Verizon model, the Nokia Lumia 930 will feature a 5-inch, full HD display with a 1920 x 1080p screen resolution. Whereas the Nokia Lumia 925 featured an 8MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, the Lumia 930 will feature a 20.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. A 1.2MP front-facing camera will round out the photography on the Lumia 930, but you’ll have the added benefit of optical image stabilization (OIS) – which should add some nice touch-up to still photos.
Under the hood, we’ll see a 2.2Ghz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM with 32GB of internal memory storage. There will be no microSD card slot, however, so you’ll have to balance your memory storage wisely or rely on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage for help. Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE connectivity will also be on board, as well as a 2,420mAh battery that should provide up to 18 days of standby time and 15.5 hours of talk time.
As for the operating system, Nokia’s Lumia 930 will run Windows 8.1 which includes Microsoft’s own Google-Now rival voice command named “Cortana” as well as a pull-down notification “Action Center.” The LiveTiles user interface and the possibility of on-screen capacitive keys.
Lumia 930: Price and Availability
Nokia’s next big thing will cost around $599 (€440.55), according to Nokia, and will be available in early July. The UK will receive the Lumia around July 1 (Unlocked Mobiles) with Ireland slated to get Nokia’s latest around July 3rd (Vodafone, O2). Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, O2, and Phones 4U have all said that they will offer the device, but EE and Three haven’t yet confirmed any information about the Lumia 930.
The Lumia 930 is considered to be the last phone that Nokia will issue under its name as the company has now been bought by Microsoft. Once the transaction is finalized, we don’t yet know whether the Lumia name will remain or become something else.
Are you excited about the Nokia Lumia 930? Do you intend to buy it when it goes on sale, or have you already made a purchase? What do you think about a Microsoft Lumia smartphone line in the future? Do your thing in the comments.