This week Nokia globally launched its new flagship Windows 8 phone, the Lumia 930, a stylish 5 inch smartphone that packs a lot of high-end components into a pretty compact form. Here is a first look at the retail package plus our first hands on time with device. Watch Mobile Geeks get a first look at what could well be the best Windows phone yet:
The Nokia 930 certainly has a lot to offer, one good look at the specifications sheet will reassure you of that. For around 480 Euros / $599 USD you are getting a 5 inch Windows 8.1 device that packs a high-end quad-core 2.66GHz Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm, 2GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage (no microSD which is a little disappointing), plus LTE and NFC support. The display is an impressive and bright AMOLED panel with a Full HD resolution and impressive 441 pixels per inch. As we have come to expect from Nokia, you will also get a really impressive camera with Nokia’s Pure View technology coming in the form of a 20.7MP sensor and Carl Zeiss optics.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the follow up to the Lumia 925, and although we haven’t had too much time with the device just yet, we are looking forward to seeing how the 20.7MP camera stacks up in particular. In terms of weight the Lumia 930 has a reasonable amount of heft at 167 grams, making it marginally heavier than other flagship devices including the Xperia z2 (163 grams), the HTC One M8 (160 grams) and considerably heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S5 (145 grams). The battery unfortunately feels a little under par at 2,420mAh – competing devices breach 3,000mAh. The display seems to be real winner however with some of the best viewing angles we have seen and some serious brightness levels.
The Nokia makes its non-US debut this week, and arrives in a choice of either bright orange or bright neon green for the more adventurous among us, or plain old black and white for the traditionalists. We will follow up with the full review and other content in the days and weeks to come. It will be a good chance to get reacquainted with Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8.1 and new features such as Cortana, a new notifications menu called Action Center, Active Tiles and more. Our first impressions however are reasonably positive, especially where it comes to the AMOLED display and the overall design and build quality of the Lumia 930. The aluminum frame feels solid and even though the device is theoretically one of the thickest around at 9.8mm, the poly-carbonate back feels very professionally sculpted and attractive. Even in Neon Green.