Introduction

Nokia has once again refreshed its Windows Phone lineup with the release of the Lumia 930, which is the spiritual successor to the Lumia 920 which first launched with Windows Phone 8.0 way back in November 2012. But like the Lumia 630, it takes cues from more than just the Lumia with the closest model number. The Lumia 930 is an interesting combination of many of the other Nokia Windows Phone designs from over the years all wrapped up into a striking package that certainly gives it a new take on the polycarbonate bodies of all of the higher end Lumia devices over the years.

The Lumia 930 was first launched in the USA in February as the Lumia Icon. The Icon is practically identical, with only a few key differences. Being a Verizon exclusive, the Icon of course must support the Verizon CDMA network and has the correct LTE bands for that provider. The Lumia 930 has support for different frequencies due to it being designated for a more international audience. The other key difference is the Lumia 930 ships with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Nokia Cyan firmware, while the Icon first shipped with 8.0 and Nokia Black firmware and the update to the latest OS and firmware version is currently “under testing”. Those two differences aside, the Icon and the 930 can be mentioned practically interchangeably.

The Lumia 930 is the highest end offering currently available from Nokia, with a 5” 1080p AMOLED display driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, which in this case is the 2.2 GHz quad-core Krait 400 version with the model number MSM8974VV. The Snapdragon 800 platform also includes the Adreno 330 GPU at 450 MHz, support for up to a 21 MP camera, and the cellular baseband built in. The Snapdragon 800 platform is certainly something we are used to seeing, with it powering most of the flagship smartphones from last year.

  Nokia Lumia 930
SoC Qualcomm MSM8974VV 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Krait 400
RAM/NAND 2 GB LPDDR3, 32 GB NAND
Display 5" 1920x1080 Pentile ClearBlack AMOLED
Network Cat 4 LTE 150 Mbps DL 50 Mbps Upload
LTE network bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
WCDMA network 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2100 MHz
WCDMA DC-HSPA 42.2 Mbps DL, 5.76 Mbps UL
GSM network 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
Dimensions 137 x 71 x 9.8 (mm)
Weight 167 grams
Camera 20 MP rear camera, 1.1 µm pixels, 1/2.5" CMOS size, F/2.4, 26 mm focal length, Dual-LED Flash, OIS
1.2 MP front camera, wide angle, f/2.4, 1280x960
Battery 2420 mAh 3.8 V (9.196 Whr)
OS Windows Phone 8.1 with Cyan Firmware
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0 LE, USB2.0, MPT, DLNA, NFC FM Radio
Location Technologies Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS, A-GLONASS, BeiDou
SIM Size nano SIM

Hardware wise, the Lumia 930 actually shares a platform with more than just the Lumia Icon. The Lumia 1520 which was launched in late 2013 is a 6” Windows Phone with identical hardware specifications. Practically everything except the display, battery and form factor are shared between the 1520 and the 930 with the exception of microSD card support which is present in the 6” 1520, but not available in the 5” 930. Other than microSD, the Lumia 930 ticks most of the other boxes for a high end smartphone, with built in 32 GB of NAND, a 20 MP camera with Zeiss optics, Qi wireless charging, NFC, Wireless AC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and something that is unique to the Lumia line at the moment – four High Amplitude Audio Capture (HAAC) microphones which allows not just stereo audio recording, but Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 as well. The HAAC microphones have been a staple of the higher end Lumia series for a while, and they enable a higher dynamic range of audio to be recorded without distortion. We’ll see how it works later in the review.

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  • BMNify - Monday, September 8, 2014 - link

    @Brett Howse: 4k video recording is coming to all Snapdragon 800 equipped phones that is Lumia icon, 1520 and 930 with Lumia Denim update, Here is the wpcentral article on this: http://www.wpcentral.com/lumia-denim-firmware-anno... Reply
  • BMNify - Monday, September 8, 2014 - link

    Ohh, i was reading the camera section where it was not mentioned but you have mentioned about 4k, HDR, Denim update in the last section :) Reply
  • melgross - Monday, September 8, 2014 - link

    I'm not sure how so ethi g that, by the charts of performance, can have "superlative" performance. For a flagship phone that's just come out, the performance is no better than mediocre. Reply
  • Reflex - Monday, September 8, 2014 - link

    The 930 was actually released in February as the Nokia Lumia Icon. At that time the 800 was top end. This review is simply six months late. There is a new top end WP8 phone now, the HTC One M8, which has the Snapdragon 801. Reply
  • batongxue - Monday, September 8, 2014 - link

    "At 1.1 microns, the pixels in the 930 are much smaller than the HTC One’s 2.0 micron pixels, and even much smaller than something like the iPhone 5s with its 1.5 micron pixels."

    The "even much smaller" statement is illogical here.
    Reply
  • edwardjames2014 - Monday, September 8, 2014 - link

    Nokia Lumia 1520,Big size and big screen  with  good quality,It worth my money.It is the best windows phone ,i prefer its colors looks.I even bought a nice case from casecoco it would be awesome when you play games with big screen. Reply
  • leomax999 - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - link

    IMO, wp is slow to adopt new hardware and very slow catching up with rest of the market in terms of software. Reply
  • althaz - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - link

    I agree on the hardware front, but I no longer agree on the software front. WP8.1 Update 1 is IMO now ahead of the game in terms of software or at the very worst even. Before it was only behind in features, but 8.1 and 8.11 (for workgroups :p) move the bar to AT WORST even with Android and iOS (but ahead of both in plenty of areas).

    There are some parts where it is behind: the music app is worse than Apple's and the notification centre could be more customisable for example, but overall it's in excellent shape.

    Then there's also the games situation. You can no longer really complain about the app selection, but in terms of games, Windows Phone is undoubtedly well behing its rivals.
    Reply
  • peterfares - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - link

    ugh pentile gross Reply
  • theNiZer - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - link

    Finally the Lumia 930 got reviewed at Anandtech - thank you, and the wait was worth it. Great review and handset! Reply

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