Nokia unveils three new Lumia smartphones

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All devices, including the flagship 930, will run Windows Phone 8, with virtual assistant Cortana making its debut

Nokia unveiled three new smartphones at Microsoft’s Build 2014 earlier today, including the new flagship Lumia 930. All will run the new Windows Phone 8.1 OS.

A highlight of the updated platform is the introduction of virtual assistant Cortana, similar to Siri on Apple iOS devices and OK Google on Android devices.

It uses Microsoft’s search engine Bing and data stored on the handsets to make personalised recommendations and perform tasks.

The Lumia 930 (pictured) is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor. It has a five-inch touchscreen, 20-megapixel PureView camera with Zeiss optics, HD video playback and surround sound recording accompanied by four microphones. Also in-built is wireless charging and 32GB of memory.

It will be available from June in black, white, green and orange, rolling out in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and India. It will cost $599 (£361) SIM-free.

Customers pre-ordering the Lumia 930 will receive a free wireless speaker and a £20 voucher to spend on the Windows Phone Store in a move Nokia said was to drive customer engagement with the OS.

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The Lumia 630 houses a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and has a 4.5-inch touchscreen and five megapixel camera. A dual-SIM version will also be available at sale, targeted for the Chinese and Indian markets. Both are 3G devices.

It will go on sale in May, starting with Asia, India/Middle East, South America and Europe. The single-SIM variant will cost $159 (£96), with the dual-SIM model priced at $169 (£102).

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The last of the devices, the Lumia 635, will come with the same specifications as the Lumia 630 but will instead include 4G connectivity.

Nokia said the 635 will be “broadly available” from this summer, including in the US, and will be priced at $189 (£114) SIM-free. Both the 620 and 635 will be available in black, white, orange, yellow and green.

Speaking at the UK unveiling of the products at its HQ in Paddington, London this morning, Nokia UK and Ireland VP Conor Pierce said the manufacturer had “stolen the show” since partnering with Microsoft to run the Windows Phone OS on its smartphones in 2011.

“What is really impressive is the growth of the ecosystem. Since the launch of our first Lumia smartphone (the 800 in November 2011), we have really stolen the show.

“You can see by the expansion of the portfolio that we have built a really strong agenda with the Windows Phone ecosystem, going from market share of just under one per cent when I arrived three years ago to ten per cent at the end of last year.”

Also from this summer, Windows Phone 8.1 will roll out to existing Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners as an over-the-air update called Lumia Cyan.

The manufacturer said features will include more details at a glance through the live tiles on the home screen and one swipe to notifications, as well as improvements to the camera roll and an improved Nokia Storyteller app for sharing stories as a video slideshow on social networks.

 

 

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