updated 03:09 pm EDT, Wed April 2, 2014
New Lumias will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 onboard
The former CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, has taken to the stage at Microsoft's Build developer conference to reveal three Lumia devices running on Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 930 has a five-inch ClearBlack full HD display with PureView camera capabilities, while the budget-aimed Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 are smaller devices with a 4.5-inch ClearBlack display and more restrained specifications.
The Lumia 930 has a 20-megapixel PureView camera with Zeiss optics and optical image stabilization, capable of recording full HD video with directional audio recording thanks to its four microphones. Inside the metal and polycarbonate device is a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Dolby Surround Sound processing, a front-facing 1.2MP wide-angle camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and LTE connectivity, and a 2,420mAh battery with built-in wireless charging.
Onboard will be a Creative Studio app that adds filters and other effects to photographs, with a Living Images feature added into the improved Nokia Storyteller app. The new SensorCore, a low-powered sensor suite, turns the Lumia 930 into a fitness tracker, linking into Bing Health and Fitness to track step counts and calories burned. Nokia expects to ship the Lumia 930 in June for $599, and while it will be available initially in Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East, and Latin America before reaching other markets, it will not be initially launching in the United States.
Nokia Lumia 930
Both the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 offer a FWVGA resolution for the display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage with microSD card expansion, and a 1,830mAh battery. Though both offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, the single and dual-SIM versions of the Lumia 630 can use 3G cellular networks, while the Lumia 635 adds LTE on top.
Just as with the Lumia 930, it will ship with the Creative Studio and Storyteller apps, as well as the new SensorCore functionality. Shipping in May with a range of interchangeable shells, the Lumia 630 will ship in May for $159 in Asia, Russia, China, India, and Europe, while the Lumia 635 will be out from July for $189 in a large number of markets, with T-Mobile bringing the device to the United States.
Nokia Lumia 635
Elop also advised the entire Lumia range with Windows Phone 8 will receive an over-the-air update called Lumia Cyan, upgrading all devices to Windows Phone 8.1 and adding some of Nokia's new features, including the Creative Studio. Nokia is also releasing the Imaging SDK 1.2 beta to developers, allowing for the creation of new filters and effects, and is also piloting an SDK for SensorCore