We've got a number of tools in our armoury [Not weapons? Ed.] - Hazel Lewis - UK government minister
THE LUMIA 930 is the latest, and perhaps the last flagship smartphone to come out of Nokia, and is among the first handsets to run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system, following in the footsteps of the mid-range Nokia Lumia 630.
Nokia clearly is hoping that its latest flagship smartphone, thanks to its updated software and top-end specifications, will help it fight off competition from the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 to boost Windows Phone's UK market share above the 10.1 percent it has managed to claim so far.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it whenever we hear more about the Nokia Lumia 930's availability. You can also check out our full Nokia Lumia 930 review.
Nokia Lumia 930 specs
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the sequel to the Nokia Lumia 925, and it improves on the last year's Windows Phone flagship's specifications.
Chief among the Lumia 930's attributes is Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating sytem, which adds of number of new features. These include: Microsoft's Siri rival Cortana; a pull-down notifications menu called Action Center; support for on-screen capacitive keys; custom Live Tile backgrounds; a Swype-esque keyboard feature called Work Flow; and WiFi sensing.
The Nokia Lumia 920's standout feature is its 5in screen, which boasts Full HD 1080x1920 resolution and Nokia's Clearblack display technology, which the firm claims offers 180 degree viewing angles. This display is driven by a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, which arrives paired with 2GB of RAM.
There's a 20MP camera on the rear of the Lumia 930, a huge improvement compared to the 8MP snapper found on the Lumia 925. Nokia's usual top-end camera features are onboard, including Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stablisation and LED flash. It is also capable of shooting HD 1080p video, and there's also a 1.2MP camera on the front of the device.
Under the bonnet, the Nokia Lumia 930 has a 2,420mAh battery, which the firm claims will offer up to 15.5 hours of talk time and a standby time of up to 18 days. Wireless charging support is also included, and the phone will ship with a free wireless charger.
Other specifications include Bluetooth 4.0, 32GB of internal storage - without a microSD card slot - and support for 4G LTE connectivity.
As for design, the Nokia Lumia 930 measures 137x71x9.8mm and tips the scales at 167g. It is built out of aluminium and polycarbonate plastic, and will be available in four colours: black, white, orange and green.
Nokia Lumia 930 release date
The Nokia Lumia 930 went on sale in the UK on 17 July. Nokia confirmed to The INQUIRER that the handset wil not see a US release, with the firm focusing on the Lumia Icon instead.
Nokia Lumia 930 price and availability
Nokia revealed official pricing details for the Lumia 930 at the beginning of July, confirming that it will fetch around £33 a month on contract and adding that it will come with a wireless charger bundled in the box.
What's more, Nokia has announced that those who buy the phone within the first two weeks will receive a launch pack worth £130, which will include a portable wireless speaker, a portable wireless charger and a £20 Windows Store voucher.
For those after the Lumia 930 SIM free, Unlocked Mobiles was among the first to offer a price for the Nokia Lumia 930, outing the handset's price as £449.98. The Lumia 930 can be ordered from the retailer's website now. Expansys has offered up a similar price, and is taking orders for the Lumia 930 at £449.99.
Carphone Warehouse has started taking Lumia 930 orders. There are tariffs available on the EE, O2 and Vodafone networks, with the cheapest being a 24 month £30.50 Vodafone contract, which comes with a free Lumia 930, 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data. For those after more data, O2 is offering unlimited texts, minutes and 1GB of 4G data for £33 a month, while EE is offering 2GB of data for £34.99.
Phones 4u has also started taking orders for the smartphone, although it is offering the Lumia 930 only on contracts with Vodafone. The cheapest is a £30.50 tariff which comes with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data, while those after 4G can opt for a £35.50 offering, complete with unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 4GB data.
O2 is also offering the Lumia 930. The retailer is offering the handset in green and black flavours, with the best tariff coming in at £33 per month with a £9.99 upfront cost. This comes with unlimited minutes and texts, and 1GB of 4G data.
EE has become the latest operator to start offering the Lumia 930, despite previously having told The INQUIRER that it would not be offering the handset. Until 31 July, EE will be offering the Lumia 930 for free on a £29.99 per month contract, complete with 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB data. Full pricing details are available at the EE website, and the handset is available in black and orange models.
Vodafone is also onboard, but the Lumia 930 is yet to appear on its website. However, the network has said that it will be available from £26.50 per month, adding that it will be offering the Lumia 930 with 4GB, 7GB or 10GB data on its 4G Red, Red L and Red XL tariffs.
Three has yet to announce whether it will be offering the Nokia Lumia 930.
Still, online retailer Mobiles.co.uk seems to have the cheapest contract pricing for the Lumia 930 that we've seen. The most affordable comes in at £28 a month including a free Nokia Lumia 930, 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data. µ
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