Nokia Lumia 930 Preview

Nokia Lumia 930 Preview

A new flagship, just not for the United States

Nokia announced its new flagship smart phone today, but you'll be forgiven if it looks a little familiar: The Lumia 930 doesn't just look like a Lumia Icon, it quite clearly is a Lumia Icon, albeit one that will ship to markets around the world in the coming months. But a quick peek at the spec sheets for each phone reveal a few key differences.

Because there are only a few differences, however, please refer to my articles Nokia Lumia Icon Preview and Nokia Lumia Icon: First Impressions and Photos for a complete rundown of the features in this phone. Everything about the Icon and the 930 appear to be the same aside from the following.

Windows Phone 8.1

The Lumia 930 comes with the latest version of Windows Phone, version 8.1. (Icon users will be able to upgrade sometime this summer.)


As a Verizon device, the Icon obviously supports that firm's CDMA and LTE networks as well as GSM (for use when traveling internationally). But the 930 is an international device, so it works only with the GSM and LTE networks that are more common around the globe.


The Lumia Icon is available in black or white. But the 930 comes in a number of bolder colors, including green and orange (in addition to black and white).

The only disappointing thing about the Lumia 930 is that it doesn't appear to be heading to the United States. Instead, it will rolling out globally in June, starting in Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East. I'd love to get this device on AT&T.

Update: When I originally posted this article, I noted some differences between the displays in the Icon and 930, but as you can see from the comments below, it appears that both handsets have the same screen. Thanks for that: Covering this stuff as it happens live from the show is a bit difficult, so this was basically a "fog of war" thing. It's fixed. --Paul

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.