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April 2, 2014 at 11:06 AM

BUILD: Nokia reveals new high and low end Lumias

SAN FRANCISCO _ As expected, Nokia announced several new Lumia phones at Microsoft’s BUILD conference, updating the low and high end of its lineup.

The company announced the 930, a 5-inch model based on the chassis of the current Lumia Icon sold through Verizon. The 930 comes in multiple colors and has wireless charging built into the device. It’s going on sale internationally in June overseas for $599 before carrier subsidies; in the U.S. Nokia will continue with the Icon.

Former Nokia chief Stephen Elop – the new head of Microsoft’s devices business – made the announcement.

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Elop also announced the entry-level Lumia 630 and 635, succeeding the 520-series Lumia phones that have been the top selling Windows Phones. The 630 is a 3G model with dual SIM card capability while the 635 has a 4G LTE radio.

The phones will come with Windows Phone 8.1 and run the Cortana voice assistant – even on the low-end 630.

Both phones also come with a low-power motion and location sensing capability that works with fitness applications. Elop said the idea is that people can use their Lumias instead of an “expensive fitness band.”

The 630s have quad-core processors and go on sale in May, starting in Asia. They are coming to the U.S. in July. The 3G model will start around $150 and the 4G model will cost around $180.

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