It’s not just Android and Apple out there people, as Nokia and Microsoft has something else in Windows Phone, and while the current crop of handsets is just about to receive an update to 8.1, two newbies hitting the market shortly will come with the operating system preinstalled.
Announced earlier in the year, Nokia is updating its several 4.5 inch models from 2013 with a 2014 release of a 5 inch model, increasing the screen size and performance, but keeping a similar body.
Unlike the Nokia’s 6 inch phablet, however — which is identical in specs in almost every category — there’s a 5 inch screen, with Full HD’s 1920×1080 support here, and a body that’s a little taller than its Lumia 920/925/1020 cousins, but manages to be roughly the same width, and close to the same thickness (9.8mm, which is under the Lumia 1020 and a little over the Lumia 925).
Plastic isn’t the only material here for construction, a change for Nokia, with metal edges added to the typically polycarbonate body, as well as a battery rated for 2420mAh, which should last a day of life, since it’s predecessors manage that with 400mAh less.
Unfortunately, there’s no microSD storage here, an issue which a representative for the company says happened because “it would not optimally fit within overall construction or design,” adding that the handset included “32 GB of on board storage, as well as cloud storage with OneDrive.”
Pricing for the handset comes in at $729 in a ranges of colours, including orange, green, black, and white, with pricing options also available on contract through Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone.
Nokia — sorry, Microsoft Devices, one of these days, we’ll get that right — has also chimed in this week to say that its budget-minded Lumia 635 is also hitting stores shortly, bringing a 4.5 inch screen, 4G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera, 8GB storage, a microSD slot, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor to the masses for just under $300.
That price is $279, with plans available from Telstra and Optus if outright doesn’t work for you, with only one colour available in Australia, a black polycarbonate, with interchangeable covers.
Availability for this model should be roughly the same as the 930, so if you’re keen, check it out shortly in stores, or you can wait until we put the review online in the next few weeks.