Launched sometime early April at Microsoft Build, the Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 have finally made their way into Kenya. The devices are the first devices to launch running Windows Phone 8.1 alongside the Lumia 635 which is the LTE version of Lumia 630. Lumia 630 is a device in the entry level and sits right next to the Lumia 520 which has sold for over a year and made quite good fortunes for Nokia with 12 million activations.
Now under Microsoft, Nokia positions the Lumia 630 as the device that has most of the necessaries, camera, personalization in terms of changeable shells and others tied to the OS, Windows Phone 8.1. Lumia 520 still continues selling as Microsoft has found out that the phone hasn’t exactly run out of favour from the consumers, but that position won’t be long before the Lumia 530 hits the market later in the year at a lower price point. This might be driven partly by the part where Windows Phone 8.1 will be available for all Windows Phone 8 devices.
Lumia 930 on the other hand is the 2014 flagship that focuses on design and great performance. Taking from the Lumia Icon which sells exclusively in the US, Lumia 930 also takes from the Lumia 920 design language but improves on it. The Lumia 925 has a metal frame while the Lumia 930 extends it to the whole chassis being Aluminium. Lumia 930 also has wireless charging in-built, though no removable shells and no expandable memory, covered for by a 32GB internal storage.
Below are the Lumia 630 secs:
- Windows Phone 8.1
- 4.5 inch IPS LCD display, 480 x 854 pixels (218 ppi)
- Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz
- 8 GB internal storage (upgradeable via microSD upto 128 GB)
- 512 MB RAM
- 5 MP Camera, no front facing camera
- Micro-SIM, Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, FM radio
- Networks: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS: 900, 2100 MHzData: HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS
- 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm, 134g
- 1830 mAh battery
Lumia 930 specs:
- 5 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels (441ppi) Clear Black OLED Display
- Quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2 GHz
- 32 GB internal storage (no microSD card support)
- 2 GB RAM
- 20-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS lens and dual LED flash (plus OIS) and a 1.2 MP camera on the front.
- Windows Phone 8.1
- Bluetooth 4.0,
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, FM radio
- 2420 mAh battery
The two devices are already in the phone shops in Kenya and are retailing at Kshs 16,500 for the Lumia 630 and Kshs 60,000 for Lumia 930. Part of the deal for the launch is a partnership between Microsoft and Kenya Orient Insurance firm where users are covered for liquid damage and screen replacement. Users can make two claims a year, something that might remind you of Samsung’s ADH. Is this Microsoft’s (Nokia) product finally coming of age, what do you think?