Nokia's flagship Lumia 930 has gained strong retail support with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone offering the smartphone, in addition to retailers including Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Allphones and JB Hi-Fi.
The Lumia 930 represents a coming of age for the Nokia-Microsoft duo. A maturing operating system has meant the Lumia 930 can accommodate more competitive hardware, while benefiting from improvements to the software and an increase in application support.
Quad-core, 20 megapixels
Nokia's 2014 flagship is a 5in smartphone that has a 1920x1080 resolution screen. The smartphone uses an OLED panel, has a competitive 441 pixel-per-inch density and dons Gorilla Glass 3.
The colourful unibody houses a 2.2GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A 2420 milliamp-hour battery powers the smartphone and charging can be done wirelessly.
A 20 megapixel camera -- benefitting from Zeiss optics and a complementary dual-LED flash -- can be found on the rear of the Lumia 930, while a secondary 1.2 megapixel camera rests on its front. Unfortunately both of these cameras support high definition video recording at a time where rivals from Samsung, LG and Sony can record in Ultra high definition video.
Windows Phone 8.1
The smartphone is the first to run Windows Phone 8.1 in Australia. Nokia Australia's managing director, Steve Lewis, said during a briefing the updated operating system brings with it more than 50 new features. The most notable improvements include the introduction of a notification drawer, customisable shortcuts and the ability to have the live tiles dressed in a wallpaper of your choice.
The Lumia 930 uses proprietary sensor technology to monitor activity patterns. Nokia's proprietary SensorCore technology works with Bing Health software to monitor an individual's daily step count and how much calories they have burned. "Bing Health is just a starting point and I believe the health and fitness category is going to do big things," said Lewis.
The Windows Phone Store has grown from having 7,000 apps at launch to being populated with 255,000 applications; however, this still represents one-quarter of the apps found in Google and Apple's application stores.
Lewis said Microsoft's application store has reached a point of maturity. "Now we have enough apps. While we do want to get the core apps in store, we want to focus on those apps having the best user experience."
Nokia's Lumia 930 will go on sale in Australia in July with a recommended retail price of $729. Carriers Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will reveal pricing closer to the smartphone's release.