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Nokia unveils 20MP Lumia 930 with Windows Phone 8.1

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Nokia has launched a new high-end smartphone. The Lumia 930 is the international version of the Lumia Icon that was launched a few weeks ago as an exclusive model for U.S. carrier Verizon.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of onboard storage but does not offer a microSD slot. You can compose and view images on a 5-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with 1080p full-HD resolution. The battery is a 2420mAh variant, and like the iPhone 5s and HTC One M8, you'll need a Nano-SIM for voice and data service.

Looking at the specifications, the 930's camera module appears to be identical to the unit used in Nokia's 6-inch phablet, the Lumia 1520.  The 1/2.5-inch BSI CMOS sensor offers 20MP and the F2.4 aperture is combined with an optical image stabilization system and a dual-LED flash. In video mode the device is capable of capturing 1080p full-HD video at 30 frames per second.

Like the Lumia 1020 and 1520, you can either opt to use the full-size 20MP files or a downscaled 5MP version which is more manageable for online posting and sharing. Although it's not mentioned in the press release we would expect the 930 to record images in DNG Raw format. Pre-installed imaging software includes the excellent Nokia Camera capture app, the Creative Studio editing app and the Cinemagraph animated GIF creator. 

Along with new Lumia 630 and 635 budget models, the Lumia 930 is also the first smartphone to run the updated Windows Phone version 8.1. It comes with Microsoft's news Cortana voice assistant and new versions of the camera roll, Creative Studio and Nokia Storyteller app.

The Nokia Lumia 930 will be available globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India. Off-contract it will set you back $599/€435 before taxes.

The Nokia Lumia 930 comes with an aluminium frame.
The back is made from a polycarbonate and comes in a range of colors.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • 20MP 1/2.5-inch BSI CMOS sensor 
  • F2.4 lens with 6 elements
  • 26mm equivalent focal length
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2x "lossless zoom"
  • Dual LED flash 
  • 1080p video

Other Specifications

  • 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED screen (441 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 2420 mAh battery
  • NFC
  • Windows Phone 8.1

  

Comments

Total comments: 72
AKH
By AKH (4 weeks ago)

This is a really great phone and a very nice upgrade from the Lumia 920, but there is one big thing missing and that is the glance screen.

The Lumia 920 which I had before could show clock, mail and calender notifications etc. on the lock screen. A very handy feature, not having to start the phone to check for new notifications. The clock on the lock screen is also very useable as a night clock with pleasantly dimmed light.

Didn't even check before buying the Lumia 930, as I was covinced that the glance screen of course would be implemented on this phone too. Pretty disappointing!

0 upvotes
Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (5 months ago)

Dear Mr Gates,

Why don´t you shake hands with Adobe and start to have flash support for your mobile devices?

You know, you can beat the crap out all the "app,flapp,market, play etc..." stuff, dont you ?

0 upvotes
Robo2k
By Robo2k (5 months ago)

Actually neither iOS nor current versions of Android support Adobe Flash. That technology will (hopefully) never show up in mobile platforms ever again.

0 upvotes
nawknai
By nawknai (5 months ago)

People keep calling this phone a successor to the 920. It's not. It's an update of the 925.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (5 months ago)

Also, another big problem with the multi-aspect sensor-based Nokia phones running WP is the fact that you can't make use of their full sensor to make the FoV as wide as possible.

The latter is certainly possible on the 808, eve without any kind of hacking, via CamPro Qt. I've been using the 808 strictly in this mode and it has been working absolutely great. Sure, there is some very slight vignetting in the extreme corners but that isn't a major problem - the significant pixel number (& FoV enwidening) gain heavily outweigh that.

I really don't understand why Nokia doesn't allow for such nonstandard modes. It's one of the (many) reasons I'm still sticking with the 808.

0 upvotes
mrdancer
By mrdancer (5 months ago)

If Windows could ink a deal with GooglePlay to sideload Android apps, I bet they would sell a LOT more phones. I am able to sideload Android apps onto my BlackBerry Q10, but only if the developer offers the .sdk for the app.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

do you see Microsoft will be committed to Java?

0 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (5 months ago)

I *really* hope MS do consider adding call recording support, at least in countries where it's legal (most EU countries etc). It's probably the only thing that keeps me from switching to WP on the phone front and keeps me with jailbroken iOS / Symbian.

1 upvote
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

interesting, that is a feature I have never thought about. Is it supported in iOS/Android or do you have to jailbreak/root?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (5 months ago)

1, In iOS, via JB'ing it's pretty well supported, assuming you use it on an 5/5c/5s. (Earlier iPhones aren't supported.) There are two recorders; of the two, I prefer Elias Limneos' Audio (was: Call) Recorder. For this recorder, I've written a complete open-source silencer / stealth mode configurer tool: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1566350

2, on Android, it's pretty well supported on many popular handsets (e.g., S4). Some even w/o rooting.

2 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

thanks, might come in handy at some point :)

0 upvotes
ybizzle
By ybizzle (5 months ago)

Nokia seems to be going backwards with the cameras in their phones. You had the best with the 808, then the 1020 with a smaller sensor and now this with even smaller sensor! What's going on?

1 upvote
joe6pack
By joe6pack (5 months ago)

I'm sick of hearing this argument. Did you notice how thick the 808 is compared to the 1020?

1 upvote
3DSimmon
By 3DSimmon (5 months ago)

Not going backwards, I would say expanding the range.

5 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

being flexible is good for a company and the market. whether it's good for a specific user is another question though.

Comment edited 39 seconds after posting
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mino21
By mino21 (5 months ago)

Are you sure that 1020 was the "step back" in comparison with 808?

http://www.digimanie.cz/recenze-nokia-lumia-1020-vs-808-pureview/5311

2 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

I am pretty certain Nokia will launch a 1020 successor at some point that is located above the 930 in the product range. At the moment we have the weird situation that the 1020 has the best camera but is not the best phone in the Nokia line-up. I haven't used the 930 yet but looking at the specs and from having used the 1520 extensively I am sure it is a much nicer phone than the 1020. The 20MP camera is very good for a phone but of course not as nice as the 1020's. It's much quicker in operation though which can be important.

0 upvotes
Infms
By Infms (5 months ago)

Both the 808 and 1020 are niche devices aimed at photography enthusiasts.

The 930 is their new flagship handset, successor to the 920, so in that regard it's definitely an upgrade.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

there was also the 925 inbetween :)

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (5 months ago)

Well, they can shove that no-SD card policy up their anus. I use an N9 with 16Gb storage, that's more like 9Gb user useable storage and it's always full.

I'm not falling for that again !

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

1520 has an sd-card slot, so I would not call it a policy, it's rather a decision made for this specific model.

1 upvote
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (5 months ago)

I know some models have the SD card slot, some don't. I really don't understand why do I have to be limited to a fixed amount of non-removable storage. I mean, the pics are large, the videos take a lot of space and if you put some music on that, it will be immediatlely full. It seems stupid that on a high end model, you have to be limited to something as basic as that. You can't replace the battery without professional service on some models, my N9 included, you can't put an SD card, what the hell ?!

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

does no-SD slot mean a higher or low level product or something?

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (5 months ago)

No-SD slot should mean low level product, as that is what the consumer is getting with regards to storage. However, and quite interestingly, it seems that it is the higher-level products that are deleting the SD slot option. They want you to use the "cloud" to save everything so that you use (and pay for) more data bandwidth and they can gather more data on you. For the low-cost options with more competition, they still offer the SD slot for those who recognize value. Maybe they don't care as much about gathering data on those who can't afford the fancy phones?

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (5 months ago)

I have a Nexus 7 32gb that does not have a slot. However, it does allow the use of external flash media through USB OTG (On The Go). As an example, I have a 64gb dongle, not much bigger than a micro-SD card itself, that I keep a bunch of movies on so I can watch them offline. Works great, other than having an extra tiny piece of hardware to carry on vacation.

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BrunoH
By BrunoH (5 months ago)

Some people here think that the cloud will eat up your bandwith,..

Obviously you have not used a Windows Phone! On my Lumia i configured it to upload full quality photo and video to the cloud. That option also disables uploading over 3G/4G and only uploads when connected to WiFi.

So I use the cloud as storage and it does not use a bit of my allowed bandwith!

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mrdancer
By mrdancer (5 months ago)

Using wifi is always an option, but you don't always have wifi. What if you are on a safari or a cruise, or trekking through the mountains, etc. Besides, is it THAT big of a deal to offer a slot on a high-end phone? Are they that pressed for a square centimeter of space that they refuse to offer a much-appreciated option? Hard to imagine, given the ubiquity of slots available on inexpensive phones. No, I think there is more to it...

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FRANCISCO ARAGAO
By FRANCISCO ARAGAO (5 months ago)

An example of pic taken with that phone:

www.flickr.com/photos/91645246@N08/13580879475/

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (5 months ago)

Given that the 930 is an Icon clone and Verizon has exclusive distribution right on the Icon. It seems 930 will not be coming to US for a year or so.

I wonder how it compares to 925. Which recently was going for just $200.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

I have not used it but looking at the specs it is step up from the 925 in every respect. Bigger screen with more pixels (which is really helpful with the Windows Tiles), of course better SoC but crucially also a much better camera. The 925's camera was ok but nothing special among its peers at the time, the 20MP module is among the best current smartphone cams.

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vangaans
By vangaans (5 months ago)

Windows, Yes please! Loving my Windows Phone.

5 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (5 months ago)

Windows, no thanks
.

3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

> 2420 mAh battery

mAh should be given with voltage.
or use Wh if anyone wants to have just one figure.

... 3.8 V is what I found out. so 9.2 Whr.
nokia.com/global/products/phone/lumia930/specifications

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

you gotta complain with the manufacturers because mAh is what they quote almost exclusively

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MdNvS
By MdNvS (5 months ago)

All phones have the same voltage.

3 upvotes
chillgreg
By chillgreg (5 months ago)

I'd rather horsepower.

4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

> same voltage

you might want to say 3.6-3.8 V but there are two-cell 7.X V and three-cell 11.X V ones for other mobile devices.

it's easier to find out the voltage for this phone and this battery than every other phones and batteries and still be not sure.

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (5 months ago)

İf this camere same as my lumia 1520, all folks here should take it serious. See some snapshots on my Flickr account if interested.

beautiful background blur, manual focusing. Only thing I can complain could be; lacking of physical accessories. You can use your iPhone
- lightmeter
- pro voice recorder
- pro gaming device.

1520 is so strong in both hard & software, I wish to see own accessories as Sony Xpreia family, and 3rd party stuff as iPhone...

4 upvotes
Michael Piziak
By Michael Piziak (5 months ago)

No Windows for me !

4 upvotes
MdNvS
By MdNvS (5 months ago)

Your loss. You obviously don't know what's in the 8.1 update.

8 upvotes
Markol
By Markol (5 months ago)

There are just not enough tiles on that home screen.

Seriously, I cannot understand the choice of colors and layout on Nokia/WP. Just ugly as hell. Smae for Windows 8 of course, take a look at Ubuntu or iOS or Windows 7 for god's sake.

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MdNvS
By MdNvS (5 months ago)

Just put a parallax wallpaper under those tiles and they won't have "ugly colors". It can be done now.

1 upvote
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (5 months ago)

For a moment, I thought I have mistakenly opened the Engadget.

1 upvote
Neodp
By Neodp (5 months ago)

Aak! Windows! Pass.

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

I think we better have another crap or whatever beside iOS and Android.

6 upvotes
technotic
By technotic (5 months ago)

We don't want to hear about your toilet activities yab.

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Jogger
By Jogger (5 months ago)

Why is it so hard for Nokia to announce and launch at the same time... esp. since this is just the Nokia Icon for Verizon. All they need to do is ramp up production.

By the time June rolls around, they will have to do another round of PR and media.. others will have already moved on the Samsung S5 or similar.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

26mm f/14.2 equiv.

1 upvote
Cameracist
By Cameracist (5 months ago)

WAT? Do you really need to count some stupid equivalencies on a mobile phone lens?! What do you expect? Full frame sensor and F1.8?

14 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

never mind if you don't care but the "stupid equivalencies" tell you every photographic effect you can get from such a spec.

2 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

let's just clarify that the f14.2 number is only correct in terms of DoF (I assume your maths are correct, did not calculate myself). Aperture is an absolute number and independent of the sensor size, so this is still a fast lens that allows you to shoot at low ISOs in suboptimal light conditions.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

> only correct in terms of DoF

if it's correct in terms of DoF, it's correct in every and all of the photographic effects you get from an aperture for we have but one aperture. everything perfectly fit and it's physically impossible to go otherwise.

ISO is no photographic concept for ISO doesn't tell you image quality (though we can calculate it if sensor area is given). btw, ISO100 on this camera is about 3500 equiv. in terms of image quality (in low light or whatever light).

> this is still a fast lens
this is no fast lens for the same image quality. it may be called fast if you ignore image quality.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

p.s. I assume the sensor area be 24.68mm2 till an accurate figure is given.

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Cameracist
By Cameracist (5 months ago)

Image quality is not a measurable photographic concept. A differently sized sensor can be similarly sensitove to light as a larger sensor, only the resolution will be lower (thing differently sized striped of the same film emulsion, but I admit phone sensors are an extreme). And the resolution has nothing to do with image quality, only image size, as we all know...

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (5 months ago)

yabokkie .. come on dude!!
stop taking stress on Dof! at least on mobile phone cameras :)) no one was listening your rant on dpr and now you are also want to sell it here !!

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

> no one was listening

then where does your anger come from?

while some people say "only correct in terms of DoF" no one ever named a single photographic effect/result that does not correctly follow the equivalencies.

name one if you can.

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Cameracist
By Cameracist (5 months ago)

Ugh.

1 upvote
Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (5 months ago)

Heh yabokkie, photographic effect.

It has a pretty drastic effect on your photographic shooting wheter you have to shoot with a f 14 or f 2.4, don't you think?

Yabokkie, do you have some sort of an idea what ISO value and shutter speed mean, and what kind of difference they can make to the "photographic effect" you are able to get?

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

I know for sure that ISO is no photographic concept for an ISO number won't tell you image quality. you should better go back to a photo school or teach yourself what photograph means first.

what does photograph mean?

p.s., I'm still waiting if anyone can name a photographic effect that's controlled by aperture and doesn't go along with DoF (or you can submit it directly to the Nobel Prize Committee).

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

> what does photograph mean?

a hint may be DoF, since we agree that DoF is the same at the same f-number equivalency. how do you calculate DoF? and do you use the same standard for other effects or you use different standards and mix them up?

for ISO, we know that ISO100 on 4/3" means same image quality as ISO400 on 35mm full-frame. so ISO400 should be used on 35mm full-frame to compare with 4/3" on level ground (or we may say "same as fast, but at two stops lower image quality" if same ISO number is used).

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (5 months ago)

Well yabokkie, for example in bright sunlight sensor size doesn't matter that much, when even the tiniest ones are in danger of gathering too much light and you need ND filters to fight that.

And on the other hand if you need a deep DoF, you can shoot with a f 2.4 and still get enough of depth. So the thing is kind of a two way street.

2 upvotes
technotic
By technotic (5 months ago)

Have you noticed yab that when you post, anger follows. I wonder why that is? Hmmmm.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

> Rage Joe,

exposure (calculation to meet film spec etc.) is no photographic concept. it's only a technical limit.

photograph is about framing and every photographic result is measured against the image frame, not square cm or similar.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (5 months ago)

yabokkie, shoot out there sometimes a little, and you'll realize that a f 2.4 lens is just that. It's not a f 14.2 lens.
The DoF you get will, of course, vary depending on the sensor size and the f-stop, but it's often just beneficial to get a deep depth of field with a wide aperture.

f/2.4 lens vs. f/14.2 lens

Question for you:

Lets say that with a f/2.4 lens you can shoot at f 2.4 and 1/50 s. To have the same amount of light to fall on the sensor what shutter speed would you have to use with a f/14.2 lens? The difference there is roughly about five f-stops.

So, yabokkie, in the same lighting, what is the speed you can use with a f 14.2 lens without changing the ISO value?

You would have to go down from 1/50s to about 1/ 1.5 s - that is 0,6 s.

Or, yabokkie, would you still shoot 1/50 and f 14.2 and underexpose five stops?

But what the heck, I'm sure you can't see any difference in the "photographic effect" you get shooting 1/50s compared to 0,6 sek.

1 upvote
Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (5 months ago)

Another question for you, yabokkie:

Do you have to use a cane when walking out there on the streets?

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

> without changing the ISO value?

this is problem. you have to change the image to keep ISO unchanged for different formats.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (5 months ago)

using same ISO you effective set a precondition that image from the 1/2.5" sensor be more than 5 stops lower quality than 35mm.

since same ISO doesn't bring us the same image quality, ISO should not be used as a reference when talking about photography. but equivalency can solve the problem for ISO 100 on 1/2.5" = 100 * area-ratio = ISO 3500 equiv.

at same shutter speed, you get every photographic result the same (all the effects that's related to aperture):
f/2.4 at ISO 100 on 1/2.5" and
f/14.2 at ISO 3500 on 35mm format sensor (equiv.).

you won't be able to tell the differences (they are practically and theoretically the same) of images taken at the same equivalent settings, regardless of sensor format unless you resort to some other traces like aspect ratio.

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (5 months ago)

You get a good photographic effect :) with both of those settings, if you know what you are doing I mean, don't you?

So, yabokkie, it's up to you whether to succeed or mess up with your photographic tasks. I don't wanna mess up.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (5 months ago)

YeeHaw - 20MP facebook photos!!!!

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

you can use the 20MP files if you want to but they are used to create a high-quality 5MP file. I was quite impressed with the 1520's IQ and this seems to be a very similar imaging module.

8 upvotes
xt1isdabomb
By xt1isdabomb (5 months ago)

Lars...when I attempt to visit your website I'm warned about malware. Any idea what that's about?

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (5 months ago)

not really, there seems to have been a hack problem a few weeks ago but it seemed solved, but only now Google has put that block on it, need to work out how to get rid of it. You can still see my .de domain though: www.larsrehm.de

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