Nokia has unveiled three Lumia smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8.1. The manufacturer is also promising a Windows Phone 8.1 update across the entire Lumia Windows Phone 8 portfolio this summer.
The three new phones are the Nokia Lumia 930 flagship device (pictured) and the low priced Nokia Lumia 635 plus the first dual Sim Lumia smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 630.
Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia's Devices & Services said: ‘Today we are introducing people to the best of Lumia and the best of Microsoft through three stunning devices based on Windows Phone 8.1. In addition to the new developments from Microsoft, Nokia is delivering people an uncompromised imaging experience, great design and better business phones. We're also pleased to bring the great developments in Windows Phone 8.1 to the Lumia devices people love today.'
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the flagship device and features a 20-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics and advanced Rich Recording, delivering a high quality video and imaging experience with new Living Images innovation. It has a 5-inch ClearBlack screen, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor. The device is available from June in the UK and is priced at $599 (approx £360) before taxes and subsidies.
The Nokia Lumia 630 and Nokia Lumia 635 aim to provide a Windows Phone 8.1 experience at a more affordable price. They come with a Snapdragon quad core processor providing a faster social experience with Word Flow and social apps like WhatsApp and WeChat.
Both have a colourful design with changeable shells and 4.5" ClearBlack screen. Consumers have a greater choice of model with three variants, including the Lumia 630 in 3G single SIM and the first Lumia with 3G Dual SIM; plus the Lumia 635 in 4G/LTE.
The phones also deliver the same experiences as high-end Lumia smartphones including SensorCore with Bing Health and Fitness, Microsoft Office, Nokia Camera, free Nokia MixRadio streaming, and free Global maps and navigation from HERE, which save time and money.
The Nokia Lumia 630 is expected to roll out in May, beginning with Asia, India/Middle East, South America and Europe, at $159 (£99) for the single-sim variant, and $169 (£109) for the dual-sim variant before taxes and subsidies. The Nokia Lumia 635 is expected to be broadly available, including in the US starting in this summer, from $189 (£119) before taxes and subsidies.
Nokia also pledged to roll out Windows Phone 8.1 updates to existing Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners along with exclusive Lumia experiences as an over-the-air update called Lumia Cyan. Windows Phone 8.1 introduces more details at-a-glance through Live Tiles, one easy swipe to important notifications with Action Center, faster ways to connect and type with Word Flow and, starting in the US, a personal and proactive virtual assistant called Cortana. In addition, the Windows Phone 8.1 enterprise pack means existing Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will become better business phones.
Nokia also promised enhancements to the camera roll and Creative Studio, as well as an improved Nokia Storyteller app, for sharing stories as a video slideshow on social networks, as part of the update.
Nokia also announced its intentions to make it easier for developers to build the next generation of imaging apps with the updated Nokia Imaging SDK 1.2 Beta. Available starting today at developer.nokia.com/imaging, the latest Imaging SDK features a combination of leading image manipulation capabilities and filter effects for Windows Phone 8.1 and other Windows devices. Nokia also announced that the new SensorCore SDK is being piloted with select partners ahead of public release.