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Windows Phone 8.1 arriving with Lumia 930 & Lumia 630

June 30, 2014 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930. (Image Source: Darryl Linington)

Microsoft has announced the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930. With the announcement of the latest Nokia Lumia devices, Microsoft additionally revealed that both devices will be powered by the Windows Phone 8.1 Operating System.

While Windows-based smartphones have been featured some truly unique features, Windows Phone 8.1 brings in a host of new features. The latest features now include Action Centre, which complements Live Tiles by showing new activities and notifications at a glance; and senses, a suite of features that takes the work out of managing data use, storage space and battery life. Windows Phone 8.1 also allows IT professionals to manage devices, and for professionals to connect to essential business apps and services with features such as simplified device enrollment, a built-in mobile device management client, S/MIME for encrypted mail and VPN support.

The new features integrate rather well with Windows Phone signature features like Live Tiles, which have been improved to add the possibility of a third row of tiles to all Windows Phones, as well as transparency giving even more personalisation with unique backgrounds. Extensive on device search, a reworked calendar, improved People Hub with direct app integration and the new Word Flow keyboard make Windows Phone 8.1 an extensive update.

Patrick Henchie, head of product for Microsoft Mobile Devices in South and East Africa, said, “We hit a sweet spot with the Lumia 520, and together with our partners ended up with a real hit. With the Lumia 630, we set a new standard for affordable smartphones. The device combines Windows Phone 8.1 with quad core processing and uncompromised cloud-connected experiences from Microsoft.”

With an elegant design and changeable covers, the Lumia 630′s quad-core Snapdragon processor should allow for a faster social experience on social apps like WhatsApp and WeChat. Benefiting from high-end Lumia apps such as Nokia Camera, maps and navigation from HERE, plus free MixRadio streaming, the device brings people a premium experience at an excellent price. The Lumia 630 also features a 4.5-inch ClearBlack screen, which makes games, apps and entertainment look rather stunning.

Nokia Lumia 930

The new Nokia Lumia 930. (Image Source: Darryl Linington)

The Lumia 930 features a 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM to ensure that the Lumia 930 delivers and performs. With a 20MP PureView camera, ZEISS optics and optical image stabilisation, the Lumia 930 also comes with HD video and four high-performance microphones that enhance the clarity of your subjects and block out unwanted noise. Integrated Dolby Surround Sound also makes for a similarly rich audio experience when watching movies or listening to music. The five-inch, 1080p Full HD, ClearBlack screen display provides a deeply detailed viewing experience and Nokia Rich Recording delivers a great video experience. LTE-ready and with a 2420 mAh battery, the Lumia 930 will efficiently keep going all day (and longer) while built-in wireless charging adds to the convenience.

While the Lumia 930 is a slightly heavier device than others, the phone is pretty solid and durable. Additionally, it feels comfortable to the the touch and is not overly large, which means that users won’t have much of an issue sliding the phone into their pocket.

According to Microsoft, all new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones come with the strong suite of fully integrated Microsoft services. These include full mobile version of Office, which includes Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive – which now offers 15GB of cloud storage completely free. Windows Phones are also the only smartphones with Xbox built-in, meaning your gaming experience travelling from phone, to PC, to Xbox.

The Lumia 630 is expected to be available in July at a recommended retail price of R1999. Pricing of the Lumia 930 will be announced when the device becomes available during Q3. Windows Phone 8.1 will also be available to download to all existing Windows Phone 8 customers in the coming months.

Darryl Linington

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