Nokia announces the Lumia 930, 630 and 635 running Windows Phone 8.1

Daniel Bader

April 2, 2014 2:21 pm

As expected, Nokia announced a few new Lumia devices today, as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 launch.

Up first is the 5-inch Lumia 930, a true successor to the Lumia 920 and the first flagship device from Nokia running WP8.1. Like the Verizon-exclusive Lumia Icon, the 930 sports a 1080p display, a 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20MP rear PureView camera with hardware stabilization and ZEISS optics, and a 1.2MP wide-angle front facing camera.

And, like the Lumia Icon and 1520 before it, the 930 offers four directional microphones for better noise cancellation and truer voice recording.


The Lumia 930 is shipping with 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and wireless charging, along with an aluminum frame and metal accents on the side, quad-band LTE and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s also a 2420mAh battery inside.

Launching in June in Europe, Asia and Latin America, expect the Lumia 930 to arrive in Canada — if it does at all — closer to July or August. It will come in four colours, including white, black, orange and a beautiful new green hue. It will cost roughly $599 USD outright, which is lower than the Lumia 920 when it was introduced in 2012.

For all the updates on Windows Phone 8.1, check out our detailed introduction piece.

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Next up are the Lumia 630 and 635, variants of the same hardware. We’ll likely only see the Lumia 635 in Canada, as that low-cost model is the only one of the two to sport LTE connectivity.

A 4.5-inch 800×480 pixel ClearBlack LCD display and hot-swappable backs in a variety of colours complement a quad-core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera without a flash. There will be 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot as well. Rounding out the specs is a 1830mAh non-removable battery.

The Lumia 635 will debut worldwide in May for around $189 USD, though no word on specific Canadian pricing or availability.

As for improvements to the Lumia software itself, Nokia announced a new feature and complementary SDK called SensorCore, a lower-power background process to  “enable the next generation of exercise and exploration apps like Bing Health and Fitness, which provides real-time monitoring and data storing like steps taken, calories burned, and miles walked, all day.”

Expect further improvements to the camera experience on both the Lumia 930 and 635 with a new Imaging SDK and big updates to Creative Studio and Storyteller.

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  • RJay Mirosovsky

    PLEASE DONT BE CARRIER EXCLUSIVE

    • Sanjay Kumar

      True

    • Ammar

      one of the reasons that I ended up with Nexus 4 instead of Nokia is that because it came out Roger exclusive!!

    • deltatux

      You could have purchased the phone outright from Rogers and unlocked it. Only thing you’re losing is warranty…

    • Ammar

      Thought about it… To much trouble and cost is high since it is rogers monopoly.. And nexus 4 was out there unlocked for 300$..the choice is so obvious!!!

    • Russell

      Second that.

    • hunkyleepickle

      Where would you leave to? And name a petition in the last 8+ years that has made a lick oof difference. The conservative government fights for the corporations only, sorry to disappoint.

    • Sapphire Rage

      Funny thing is, Rodgers is a government owned entity. You’d be lucky if they laughed in your face.

    • Ammar

      Buying unlocked from online stores is your best bet for now… I don’t see other options.

  • goolger

    fugly phone

  • Amparipaa

    that 930 is S.E.X.A.Y! if i end up with a bajillion dollars and nothing better to spend it on (like, say, ending world hunger, empowering the world to fight climate change at the personal level using the power of electric transportation and hydro-electric energy, or just building an aquaponics system) then i’ll consider grabbing one.

  • Sam Wiggans

    I reeeeeeeally want the 930

    • Acer12345

      Notice how the time is 9:30 on the 930…

  • KiwiBri

    hmmm some nice specs.. and camrea tech.. nearly enough to tempt me to jump ship

  • FunkyMonkey

    if they come to WIND, I’ll hop on the bandwagon
    they have all the major apps now, except for banks

    • Sanjay Kumar

      That’s less likely to happen. Wind doesn’t disclose their reason for not bringing a single Nokia powered device. I had to get my Lumia 521 from eBay.

    • FunkyMonkey

      thats not true, they carried Nokia Lumia 710, I’d post a link to mobile syrup post but the 1d1otic comment system wont allow

    • Sanjay Kumar

      I am using it right now. But they only brought black colored one.
      Anyways but they could have brought Lumia 520/521. Or any other Nokia. They have powerful android and bb devices. So why not WP.

    • deltatux

      as much as WP devices are powerful, the general consumers don’t want them. Marketing is really what drives people to products. Honestly, I have yet to see any serious marketing behind WP devices from manufacturers or carriers. WIND is in no position to push platforms as they are too small. At the end of the day that’s the problem.

    • Sanjay Kumar

      Then what’s the point of keeping huawei w1 and HTC 8s?
      They don’t get exclusive app created by Nokia for WP.

    • deltatux

      Nokia’s apps aren’t essential for the operation of WP devices. Like I’ve said elsewhere in this article’s comment section, the Huawei Ascend W1 is a bit underrated for an entry-level device. The Huawei Ascend W1 presents a great entry-level device experience from the Android options. Nokia isn’t the only good WP manufacturer out there. It could also be because the Nokia Lumia 710 may not have sold well when WIND had it. For instance, my bro originally chose the HTC Radar 4G instead over the Lumia 710 back when he got his first WP device because the HTC was better built. He switched it to the Huawei after breaking it (his fault) and he loves it. Aside from the paltry 4 GB of internal storage, the Ascend W1 is a great device. Don’t let the Huawei name scare you off.

    • Sanjay Kumar

      I am not against any WP manufacturers as far as carriers consider keeping varieties.
      Carriers should do voting online asking their customer which phone they are more likely to buy or desire and post results in percentage.
      Its alll about courtesy to customers.
      I just hate buying phones from other carriers and then I have to flush them and install unlocked factory version rom so that I can use all services in my plan.

    • deltatux

      Unfortunately, that’s not how carriers decide to carry devices. They will carry devices that they know will likely sell by using previous sales figures and decide from there. They also make deals with manufacturers and stock devices accordingly.

    • Sanjay Kumar

      (sigh)
      That is real unfortunate.

    • deltatux

      The Huawei Ascend W1 is a fantastic Windows Phone 8 device. The only nagging issue I have with it is the paultry 4 GB of onboard storage. For $150 at WIND, it’s an amazing entry-level smartphone.

    • FunkyMonkey

      as much as I love WP, I’d much rather go for 129$ moto G, not gonna lie, but if a premium WP device comes out, it would be interesting

    • deltatux

      The Moto G which is $229 from WIND is a great device but don’t underestimate the Huawei Ascend W1 either. For a budget device, it’s silky smooth and works great. Just because the device was made by Huawei doesn’t mean it’s bad. I initially thought the same but after using and testing it for my bro, I admit I was wrong about the device. Like I said, the only issue I have with the Ascend W1 is the tiny 4 GB of onboard storage.

  • KiwiBri

    Hows battery life on these Windows Phones?

    • deltatux

      pretty good actually

    • RobPilates

      Depends on the device- my 620 is epic, 920 not great, 1520 is superb because the battery is massive (I got mine from Omega Cell in Edmonton).

  • canucks4life

    Why can’t WP break the 512MB RAM barrier? 640K outta be enough?

    • canucks4life

      I was referring to the 600 series…if they intend to compete with Galaxy mini’s/Moto G etc 512MB just won’t cut it.

    • Mäuri Freitas

      differently than google, Microsoft is competent and actually knows how to program a OS, so yes 512MB is enough if you’re running Windows

  • hardy83

    I did raise my eyebrow when I saw these phones, looking specifically at the 630/635.

    …Then I saw the RAM.
    Really? Really? You can’t even put 1GB in there?
    I’ve seen $100 phones with 512MB, come on Nokia and Microsoft.

    • jroc

      The phone is $189 outright and comes with a crap screen, no camera flash, and 8GB of on board space. Why would they put 1GB of RAM into such an entry level phone? 512MB will do just fine.

  • JTon

    Give the masses what they want?

    • JTon

      Have you checked out an apple store lately? They’re always packed. People love iPhones. Last time I checked, they were selling pretty good too…

    • JTon

      I wonder how much of that 52% falls into the “I wish I could afford an iPhone” category. I’m honestly curious

    • crocop24

      Apple has 2 phones and Android has 342 phones.

    • wahwah

      This, exactly.

    • IC

      Lol. You’re trying I’ll give you that.

    • gmaninvan

      Actually, Androids market share is around 81% of the global market, not 51%. That stat is US only.

    • PT

      Sure! They’re always packed cuz there are so much problems with the icrap so people go there for services that how.

    • GS

      You should consider the fact that carriers often only let you buy an iPhone with a more expensive plan. For example, Fido will only let you get an iPhone if you spend $80/$85 and that comes with just 500 MB/1 GB of data. Meanwhile you can get a Galaxy S4 with a $39 plan. Most people aren’t looking to spend $80 on a phone plan, so they’re effectively barred from getting an iPhone on contract.

    • wahwah

      It is a good one, and it also happens to be true. Perhaps when you come down back to this planet and have a look around, you might also notice this. Lol.

    • wahwah

      Correct, and when you look at those numbers you can’t make a decision solely on a percentage point like you did. Apple makes one and only one phone, while there are literally hundreds of android devices. If you wanted to be accurate, you’d attempt to locate a single android device with numbers sold like the iPhone. Not gonna happen, and you know it. This is why while android may have over 50% marketshare, the iPhone is the single most widespread popular device on the face of this planet, by the numbers. So, in the end your argument of people not choosing the iPhone or for that matter it bring the mist desired device out there bar none is invalid.
      Disclaimer: while i own several apple devices, I’m no apple fanboy. I run whatever works the best and/or provides the most entertainment and functionality for its purpose.

    • gmaninvan

      Except that Samsung has outsold the iPhone in a bunch of quarters now with the Galaxy S4.

    • wahwah

      So what. It doesn’t change the fact that of every phone in the world in active use, the most are iphones, period. My argument against nekkids comment about it not being popular still stands and his remark was nothing but just laughable.

    • gmaninvan

      You sure about that? The iPhone has never commanded more than 30% marketshare anywhere but the US. To say in the world where developing nations have massive user bases is crazy. That may apply to the US but that is it.

      Do you have any idea how many Symbian phones are still out there? That is such a pointless argument. If you want to talk about active use, then you have to talk about a platform and not an individual device. That platform is android by a long shot.

      He is correct in saying that the masses aren’t screaming for iPhones. This is proven by the fact that, while Apple sales of iPhones are still growing, their marketshare is on a decline. This is because they are benefiting from a still growing market. However, android is benefiting more and is also increasing sales. So no, the masses do not want iPhones.

    • wahwah

      Sorry, you’re clearly just as clueless so this is axfruitless conversation. You’d probably have better luck trying to convince someone of your insanity on a street corner while shouting the sky is falling. Lol.

    • Graeme

      Apple makes 3 phones that are currently for sale (excluding storage sizes)

    • gmaninvan

      Look at my post above. That data is meaningless considering that Nokia lost 25% of the global market last year.

    • wahwah

      Yep, blah blah blah. Conspiracy theorist blah blah blah. Time for you to go outside and play in traffic. While you’re out there doing so, have a good observation of what smart devices folks are actually using. I dont give an f what some bushman from the Kalahari uses. Wingnut.

    • gmaninvan

      Yet another idiotic post with zero substance. Conspiracy theorist? Have you been hanging out with Rob Ford? Lay off the crack pipe buddy.

      Until you actually have an ounce of credible data, your opinion is nothing but a ranting troll.

  • deltatux

    lack of camera flash is very disappointing along with the tiny amount of RAM. Though to be fair, WP8 runs great with 512 MB of RAM so not too shabby.

  • Petephone

    …or go to Future Shop and buy the HTC 8X on prepaid for $149.99 (got mine on Boxing week sale for $119.99), and wait for the 8.1Wp release.

  • Martin

    I read elsewhere the Lumia 930 should arrive in Canada sometime this summer… Let’s hope it won’t be at the end of August or September. I might upgrade my L520 to a L630 if I can’t wait. The quadcore should make up for the lack of ram. WP8 is very stable and fast on the 520, it should be even better on the L630.

  • gmaninvan

    630 and 635 FAIL. So let me get this straight, the Moto G makes the Lumia 620 look like a piece of garbage for the same price, then, instead of matching the specs, you build another device that still is way below what is provided in the G which is almost a year old for the same price? At the $190 mark, a 800×480 screen is no longer acceptable.

    • Mindmeld

      Totally agree. Not so much the screen resolution but the internal RAM. What can you run with only 512MB without suffering through constant lag? Moto G is a surprisingly very good phone, and not just because of the low price. Also, if we are to believe the rumors about Blackberry Z3, 630/635 fails even more in comparison. Although Z3 will be launched in Indonesia first, I can see it doing well here if priced around $180 outright.

    • gmaninvan

      I 100% agree. The Moto G is excellent. I have had some hands on time with it. Not only is the screen 720p, it has double the RAM for the exact same price! I can’t see why anyone in their right mind would by a 630 over it.

      I also agree on Blackberry. They are in rough shape right now so they are going to be heavily focusing on their markets that they still do well. The most notable of which is indonesia.

      With all that said, the ignorance of the consumer will result in this being a successful product unfortunately. People in other countries buy the Nokia name and not the hardware

  • PT

    Lumia 630 does comes in dual sim in Asia and Europe and it’s cheaper than

    Nokia 635. Nokia 635 has LTE which is a bad thing cuz it killing the battery and LTE in Canada is a joke and a half anyway.

  • hunkyleepickle

    The new Nokia Lumia 930! Launching exclusively on rogers this fall (see late September) for 750$ off contract, coming in black only!!! We cannot confirm additional colors in the future…. (But will squeak them out sometime in the new year)….

  • Thom

    Looks like the HTC HD7

  • deltatux

    Hoping that Nokia will jump on the Apple, Blackberry, Google and Sony bandwagon by giving us the ability to buy it outright from them. The Lumia 930 is probably the first Windows Phone device I actually want as my daily driver. Microsoft fixed most of my complaints of the platform especially the lack of a notification centre.

  • gmaninvan

    Agreed. A certain degree of regulation is still required to avoid oligopolies, duopolies, and of course monopolies but to a large degree this is true.

    I will say that I am really impressed by what Microsoft added in /Build this year. Some very useful features. Most were bringing the platform up to parity with their rivals but they also announced a few unique features.

    With that said, I still think for the foreseeable future that android will remain the dominant platform. This is for numerous reasons but the most notable is the fact that OEM’s want to differentiate and that is very difficult with a platform that allows very little customization such as windows phone. The other reason is that, since Kit Kat, android’s hardware requirements have reduced substantially.

  • Graeme

    If I can get this for telus I will buy it! I loved my ativ S and now I have the s4 because there was nothing else (other than the htc one) worth buying, so this time around I would gladly go back to windows phone if I can get this. Otherwise this will be the first time I have not bought a smartphone each year.

  • Graeme

    I remember the last time I had colour on my phone it was a Motorola MIKE phone, with some rugged (construction) orange trim. If I can get this it will be the first time I seriously consider a coloured smartphone.