MICROSOFT, the American multinational corporation, has announced the local availability of a pair of new Lumia devices powered by its latest mobile platform, Windows Phone 8.1.
The Lumia 630 and the flagship Lumia 930 have been unveiled at a glittering ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone to hit the market is the Lumia 630, the successor to the successful Lumia 520.
"We hit a sweet spot with the Lumia 520, and together with our partners ended up with a real hit. With the Lumia 630, we set a new standard for affordable smartphones. The device combines Windows Phone 8.1 with quad core processing and uncompromised cloud-connected experiences from Microsoft," said Patrick Henchie, Head of Product for Microsoft Mobile Devices in South and East Africa.
With a vibrant design with changeable covers, the Lumia 630's quad-core Snapdragon processor provides a faster social experience on leading social apps like WhatsApp and WeChat.
Benefiting from high-end Lumia apps such as Nokia Camera, maps and navigation from HERE, plus free MixRadio streaming, the device brings people a premium experience at an excellent price, according to Microsoft.
The Lumia 630 also boasts a 4.5-inch ClearBlack screen, which makes games, apps and entertainment look fantastic.
At the high-end, the Lumia 930 brings South African consumers a device that maintains a language of innovation while combining the very best of Microsoft and Lumia, the Nokia officials said.
It boast a powerful 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
With a 20MP PureView camera, ZEISS optics and optical image stabilization, the Lumia 930 also comes with HD video and four high-performance microphones that enhance the clarity of subjects and block out unwanted noise. Integrated Dolby Surround Sound also makes for a similarly rich audio experience when watching movies or listening to music. The five-inch, 1080p Full HD, ClearBlack screen display provides a deeply detailed viewing experience and Nokia Rich Recording delivers a flawless video experience.
The LTE-ready gadget has a 2420 mAh battery.
All new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones come with the strong suite of fully integrated Microsoft services. These include full mobile version of Office, with favourites like Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive - which now offers 15GB of cloud storage completely free. Windows Phones are also the only smartphones with Xbox built-in. The Lumia 630 is expected to be available in July at a recommended retail price of R1999.
Pricing of the Lumia 930 will be announced when the device becomes available during the third quarter of this year.
Windows Phone 8.1 will also be available to download to all existing Windows Phone 8 customers in the coming months.
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