While Nokia has brought out some impressive phones lately, such as the big screen Lumia 1520 and the compact-camera-killing Lumia 1020, the Finnish company hasn’t brought out a phone with a truly premium build since the Nokia Lumia 925.
But finally another has emerged. That phone is the Nokia Lumia 930 and it takes the great design of the Lumia 925 while vastly improving the specs and the camera. But what specifically has changed? Read on to find out.
The Nokia Lumia 925 broke the Lumia mould with a metal frame. It still had a plastic back, but the aluminium edge definitely made it look higher class than anything else in the range. It also ditched the bright colours that Lumia is known for, instead coming in black, white or grey. At 129 x 70.6 x 8.5mm and 139g it’s got an average amount of size and weight to it and is neither particularly slim nor fat.
The Nokia Lumia 930 has a very similar design, with the same aluminium frame and polycarbonate back. However there are some differences. For one thing it’s not afraid of colour, coming in bright orange or bright green, though those who’d prefer a more conservative look can also get it in white or black.
At 137 x 71 x 9.8mm and 167g it’s a little bigger and heavier than the Lumia 925, but then the screen is bigger so that’s to be expected. If anything the bezels are actually slightly smaller though, so there’s less wasted space and it looks slightly better as a result.
The Nokia Lumia 925 has a 4.5 inch 768 x 1280 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 332 pixels per inch. It’s not full HD then, but it is still pretty good, with solid viewing angles, while the use of ClearBlack technology ensures it has strong contrast.
The Nokia Lumia 930 has a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch. Like the Lumia 925 it uses ClearBlack technology so it has similarly great contrast as well as being bigger and higher resolution.
The Nokia Lumia 925 has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM, while the Nokia Lumia 930 has a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, so it’s far and away the more powerful handset. Even at launch the Lumia 925 didn’t overly impress from a specs perspective and at this point it’s mid range at best, while the Nokia Lumia 930 is distinctly high end.
The Nokia Lumia 925 has an 8 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation and a dual-LED flash. While the megapixel count has been topped by subsequent Nokia handsets it’s still a pretty impressive camera phone on the whole. It can also shoot 1080p video at 30fps and has a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.
While the Nokia Lumia 925 is a good camera phone the Lumia 930 looks to be a great one. It has a 20 megapixel sensor along with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation and a dual-LED flash. It also has a slightly bigger sensor, so should be able to let more light in, which along with the much higher megapixel count makes it a far better prospect.
On the video front it can shoot 1080p footage at 30fps, but again it beats the Lumia 925 as it can also record audio in surround sound. However the front facing camera is a marginally lower 1.2 megapixels.
There’s not a vast amount of differences in battery life between these two phones. The Nokia Lumia 925 has a 2000 mAh battery which should be able to last for up to 440 hours on standby or up to 12 hours and 40 minutes of talk time. The Lumia 930 has a 2420 mAh battery with a standby time of up to 432 hours and a talk time of up to 15 hours and 30 minutes, so it doesn’t last quite as long on standby but keeps going longer in use.
The Nokia Lumia 925 runs Windows Phone 8, which is the latest version of the OS currently available, however Windows Phone 8.1 has just been announced and will be making its debut on the Nokia Lumia 930. The name makes it sound like there might not be many changes, but in fact there are some major new features, such as an impressive voice based personal assistant and an Action Centre for managing notifications.
However before long the Lumia 925 should be getting an upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1, so it’s going to be a short lived advantage for the 930.
The Nokia Lumia 925 comes with 16GB of storage while the Nokia Lumia 930 has 32GB. Neither handset has a microSD card slot, so you’re looking at twice as much storage in the Lumia 930, which is quite a significant difference.
At launch the Nokia Lumia 925 was an impressive handset, held back a little by slightly underwhelming specs. But that was almost a year ago and at this point it can hardly even be considered a high end phone any more.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is ideally positioned to take its place, with the same premium build quality, a better screen, more storage, a substantial camera upgrade and a serious amount of power keeping it running smoothly.
You will of course have to pay more for the 930. It’s likely to retail for roughly £360 when it launches at around the end of June, while the Lumia 925 can be picked up for around £250, which reflects its move to a mid-range position. Still, £360 for not just a flagship phone but quite possibly the best all-round Lumia yet doesn’t sound too bad at all.
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