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Nokia unveils Windows Phone 8.1 handsets

Lumia devices to arrive in early summer

Nokia unveils Windows Phone 8.1 handsets
Nokia Lumia 930 Family.

Nokia has announced the arrival of three Lumia smartphones to be released in the summer, one budget, one dual-SIM and one flagship.

The announcement was made at Microsoft Build 2014, where Nokia also announced that Windows phone 8.1 will come to all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8 as an over-the-air update called Lumia Cyan, this summer. It will combine Windows Phone 8.1 and unique Lumia features into one update package.

Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia's Devices & Services said: "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. In addition to the new developments from Microsoft, Nokia is delivering people an uncompromised imaging experience, great design and better business phones. We're also pleased to bring the great developments in Windows Phone 8.1 to the Lumia devices people love today."

The three new phones are the Nokia Lumia 930, which is the flagship device; the Lumia 630, which is the budget model and the 630, also in the budget range, is the first dual-sim Lumia, targeted for growth markets like China and India.

The Nokia Lumia 930 features: A 20-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics, advanced Rich Recording and new Living Images features; a design combining metal and a 5-inch ClearBlack screen for viewing of Vyclone, Netflix and Xbox Video, even in bright daylight; and a 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor. The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India, available from the unsubsidised price of $599.

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The Nokia Lumia 630 and Nokia Lumia 635 deliver: a Snapdragon quad core processor; a colourful design with changeable shells and 4.5-inch ClearBlack screen; three variants, including the Lumia 630 in 3G single SIM and the first Lumia with 3G Dual SIM; plus the Lumia 635 in 4G/LTE.

The 630 and 635 offer the same experiences as high-end Lumia smartphones including SensorCore with Bing Health and Fitness, Microsoft Office, Nokia Camera, free Nokia MixRadio streaming, and free Global maps and navigation from HERE.

The Nokia Lumia 630 is expected to roll out in May, beginning with Asia, India/Middle East, South America and Europe, at $159 for the single-SIM variant, and $169 for the dual-SIM variant. The Nokia Lumia 635 is expected to be broadly available from the summer, from $189.

The new devices introduce SensorCore, which, according to Nokia, provides innovative low-power motion sensing with Bing Health and Fitness; SensorCore SDK is also being piloted with select partners ahead of public release.

Windows Phone 8.1 will introduce new features including LiveTiles, fast Word Flow keyboard and Action Center; enhancements to the camera roll and Creative Studio; and improved Nokia Storyteller app, for sharing stories as a video slideshow on social networks.

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