By now, you most probably have met or heard of the Nokia Lumia 630 which is the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to be released in Malaysia and is also designed as yet another low-cost entry point to Windows Phone world. So, now it is time to introduce you to its high-end counterpart: the brand new Nokia Lumia 930 that will be officially available in Malaysia starting from next week onwards.
You might recall that sometime ago, Nokia has actually launched a Windows Phone smartphone called Lumia Icon for the US market. Well, the Lumia 930 is essentially the GSM version of Lumia Icon.
Design-wise, the Lumia 930 is rather different from majority of Lumia that we’ve seen before. Rather than having a full polycarbonate body, the Lumia 930 has a metal frame (just like Lumia 925) together with a polycarbonate back area and a slightly curved Gorilla Glass 3 on the front that is protecting the device’s 5-inch ClearBlack full HD AMOLED display.
Meanwhile, other main components of Lumia 930 are almost identical to its 6-inch brother the Lumia 1520. These components include the 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processors, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB worth of internal storage. The Lumia 930 also features the same the 20-megapixels PureView camera with f/2.4 Carl Zeiss lens, Optical Image Stabilization system, and dual-LED flash.
The same four high dynamic range microphones in Lumia 1520 is also available on Lumia 930 which allows the device to perform directional recording. However, the Lumia 930 does come with some extra: the Dolby Surround Sound Capturing capability which will only be made available to Lumia 1520 later this year through the Lumia Cyan update.
But let’s not forget couple of things that are missing on Lumia 930 as compared to Lumia 1520: first, it has no micro SD which mean users need to depend on cloud services such as OneDrive for extra storage space. Second, the Lumia 930 also has a smaller battery capacity at 2420mAh as compared to Lumia 1520’s 3400mAh battery but given the differences between their sizes, this is rather to be expected.
Being a Nokia device, the build quality of Lumia 930 is top notch as expected. Despite its squarish body that might made the device look bulky to some, the Lumia 930 actually feels quite light in my hand. The official specification stated the device has a thickness of 9.8mm and weights 167g.
We also like the fact that the nano SIM card tray on Lumia 930 can be pulled out without the need of using a pin but still enough to hold the SIM card in its place. In terms of performance, the demo unit that we briefly tested work very smoothly; as expected from a device that contains the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.
There you have it, our initial impression of the brand new Nokia Lumia 930. In case you want to see it in action, check out our hands-on demo video right over here or alternatively, check with a Nokia Store near you.
Nokia Lumia 930 is currently available for pre-order at Storekini for RM 1999.