Microsoft-owned Nokia unveiled three smartphones during the Build 2014 developer conference in San Francisco, which are all run on the Window Phone 8.1. The phones are Nokia’s flagship Lumia 930, the first dual-SIM Lumia 630, and the budget-friendly Lumia 635.
At first look, the devices look sleek and stylish. Microsoft also offers user-friendly tweaks with its new mobile operating software with the hopes of making the phones more appealing to the consumers. A wider option of customizable user interface elements, improved security controls, more calendar views, improved lock screen and better notification options are being offered in all three phones.
The new phones will also feature the newly introduced virtual assistant Cortana but this feature will only be available in the US for the time being. Any plans to introduce Cortana to Nokia’s global version are yet to be announced.
All three new Lumia smartphones all come with custom software. Some of the highlight features of the phone are as follows: the Nokia StoryTeller creates slideshows of photos, Cinemagraph offers the option to mix photos and animations together, MixRadio offers free music streaming, the Nokia Beamer allows a user to share the phone’s contents with nearby screens and the Here Maps with Livesight offer improved searches.
The new range of phones also introduce new features such as LiveTiles, which will help people to gather more details at a glance, a fast Word Flow keyboard and the Action Center, which will help users to access their favorites quicker.
Keeping up with the latest trend to make the phones friendlier for the health conscious people, the new Lumia smartphones also introduces the SensorCore, which will provide low-power motion sensing with Bing Health and Fitness.
Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 are expected to be available to the consumers by May this year, whereas the flagship 930 will arrive a month later, somewhere in June. The roll out is targeted to begin in Asian countries – with the exception of India and the Middle East — where the Nokia phones are widely preferred and popular. Next in line for the launch is India, which will be followed by the Middle Eastern countries. South America and Europe will be at the rear end where Nokia will unveil its three new Windows Phones 8.1 Lumia smartphones.
Interestingly, while the Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 will be available in the US starting this summer, Microsoft has not announced its plans to launch the flagship Lumia 930 with the Windows Phone 8.1 in the US as yet.
Lumia 630 comes in two 3G connected options. The single-SIM variant has been priced at $159, whereas the dual-SIM, global friendly variant is priced at $169 before taxes and subsidies. Lumia 635 is 4G enabled and is slightly pricier at $189 before taxes and subsidies. Lumia 930 is priced at a significantly higher $599 before taxes and subsidies.
A quick look at the specifications of Lumia 630, 635 and 930
Lumia 930: This flagship smartphone is a high-end device, which offers the best of both Microsoft and Lumia models for the ultimate video and imaging experience. It offers a 20 megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics. New additions include a 1.2 megapixel front camera and four high-performance microphones.
The five-inch smartphone offers ClearBlack screen to improve contract and outdoor viewing. A user can view Vyclone, Netflix and Xbox Video clearly even in bright daylight.
Lumia 930 has a 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor from Qualcomm under the hood. The phone has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It is the latest Windows Phone to include a 1080p full HD display embedded into metal hardware with a colored rear. Users can choose the phone in red, green or black.
Lumia 630 and Lumia 635: These phones are more affordable and share nearly all features. The only significant difference is that Lumia 630 comes in two 3G connected options of single SIM or dual-SIM, whereas the Lumia 635 is 4G/LTE enabled and is very slightly pricier.
Both the phones offer a 4.5 inch ClearBlack LCD screen and are powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Both the phones have 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. The devices also support microSD cards up to 128GB. The two phones have a five megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera. The phones come in black, white, yellow, orange, and green with changeable shells.
Meanwhile, of the three Windows Phones 8.1 Lumia smartphones that Nokia has unveiled, Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 are aimed at first time smartphone buyers, particularly, in developing countries like India and China.
By Faryal Najeeb