Nokia has announced three Lumia smartphones based on Windows Phone 8.1 and a series of exclusive Nokia features.
Nokia confirmed that Windows Phone 8.1 is scheduled to be available across the entire Lumia Windows Phone 8 portfolio as an over-the-air update this summer following testing and partner approvals.
“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,” said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia’s Devices & Services.
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The Nokia Lumia 930 is a flagship smartphone basically for video and imaging experience. The Nokia Lumia 635 and Nokia Lumia 630 are stated to be affordable devices.
The Nokia Lumia 630 comes in two variants and introduces more choice as the first Lumia with dual-SIM, targeted for growth markets like China and India.
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New devices introduce ‘SensorCore’, which provides low-power motion sensing with Bing Health and Fitness. SensorCore SDK is also being piloted with select partners ahead of public release.
Imaging SDK 1.2 BETA is an updated Nokia Lumia SDK that will enable developers to build the next generation of imaging and social apps.
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The entire Lumia range with Windows Phone 8 will get an over-the-air update called Lumia Cyan, which will combine Windows Phone 8.1 and unique Lumia features into one update package.
Windows Phone 8.1 introduces new features – including more details at glance with LiveTiles, fast Word Flow keyboard and Action Center that help people get closer to things they love, says Nokia.
The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India, available from USD 599 before taxes and subsidies.
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The Nokia Lumia 630 is expected to roll out in May, beginning with Asia, India/Middle East, South America and Europe, at USD 159 for the single-sim variant, and USD 169 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 USD 189 before taxes and subsidies.