Microsoft announced the South African release dates of the Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 930 at event in Rivonia on Thursday. The Lumia 630 will arrive sometime in July and will have a R1999 ($190 US) price tag. The Lumia 930 will arrive in September. No pricing was announced for the 930. The older Lumia 520 continues to live on at a reduced price of R1499 ($140 US).
The Lumia 630 is a budget handset and one of the first devices to be shipped with Windows Phone 8.1 installed. Specs wise it has a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage with a MicroSD slot to expand on the base storage. The main camera has a 1/4 inch 5 MP sensor and does not have a front-facing camera. Screen wise it has a 4.5 inch IPS LCD display with a 480 by 854 resolution.
The 630 is one of the first Lumia devices to include Qualcomm’s SensorCore technology. SensorCore allows a device to collect data from a variety of sensors (movement, location etc.) while the device is not being used. Interestingly the Lumia 630 does not include a proximity and ambient light sensor but it is the first Windows Phone device that offers a dual-sim variant.
The Lumia 930 is a top end Windows Phone 8.1 device intended to succeed the Lumia 920 and 925. It’s specs are identical to the Lumia 1520 bar the smaller screen. It sports a potent 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It’s main camera has 1/2.5 inch 20 MP PureView sensor and the front facing camera is capable of shooting 720p video. The 930 has a 5 inch 1080p AMOLED display. It also includes Qualcomm’s SensorCore technology.
The Lumia 630 is positioned at an aggressive price point that could see it becoming a popular device in South Africa and other emerging markets. What do you think of Microsoft’s latest devices? Are the Lumia 630 or 930 on your shortlist for your next phone?