The Nokia Lumia 930 is perhaps the most highly anticipated Windows Phone handset ever as it’s arguably the first to deliver a high end experience on all fronts other than the Lumia 1520, which had a prohibitively large screen size for many people.
It’s almost here too, so if you’re interested in buying it read on for the release date, specification and price.
Technically the Nokia Lumia 930 isn’t out yet but with stock expected on July the 17th in many places you can go ahead and order it knowing that it should arrive within the next couple of days.
Various retailers have it listed for order or pre-order, including Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Expansys, while EE and Phones4u allow you to register your interest, suggesting that there might be a bit of a wait for stock there and Three has confirmed that it won’t be stocking the handset at all
Prices seem to be starting at around £450 SIM free, with some retailers charging up to £480, however it is possible to get some discounts on top of that. For example Carphone Warehouse is currently offering buyers £100 cashback, a £20 app voucher and a free wireless speaker and wireless charger.
Tariffs currently start at around £30 per month with no upfront cost, for example you can get it from Carphone Warehouse on a 24 month Vodafone contract with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of 3G data for £30.50 with no upfront cost and that includes the aforementioned freebies.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is a powerful handset, especially by Windows Phone standards. It has a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM and of course it runs Windows Phone 8.1.
The handset has a large 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, which along with its use of ClearBlack technology ensures crisp visuals with great contrast.
On the camera front there’s a 20 megapixel main snapper with a Carl Zeiss lens, a dual-LED flash and optical image stabilisation, so it’s capable of taking fantastic pictures in almost any environment. It can also shoot 1080p video at 30fps and has a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera
There’s 32GB of built in storage, though there’s no microSD card slot so you can’t increase the storage. The battery is a 2420 mAh unit theoretically capable of up to 432 hours of standby time or 15 hours and 30 minutes of talk time and the Lumia 930 supports 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
At 137 x 71 x 9.8mm and 167g it’s a fairly chunky handset, but it feels solid and well-built and with its metal frame it looks high end too.
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