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The latest smartphone (announced 2 April) from Nokia has a large 5-inch HD display and features a 20MP camera as well as wireless charging. The design has been refreshed with new colours – orange, bright green, black and white – and has an aluminium frame and polycarbonate back.

Under the hood, there is a powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB internal storage and 2GB RAM. It also has a 2 420mAh battery, which Nokia claims gives you up to 15.5 hours of talk time. 

Nokia also announced two lower-cost Lumias, which are also built on Windows 8.1: the 4.5-inch Lumia 630 and Lumia 635.

About Windows Phone 8.1

The Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system, which will also be available as an update to Lumias running Windows 8, introduces some new features such as:

  • The Action Center – a central spot for all your messages and notifications as well as quick settings such as turning Wi-Fi on or off;
  • Cortana – Nokia adds voice controls with Cortana, Nokia’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S Voice;
  • Improved imaging – Camera Roll is faster and can now be accessed directly from Nokia Camera and there are new filters. You can now also share Nokia Storyteller slideshows with Facebook and Twitter;
  • Word Flow keyboard – a new touchscreen keyboard aims to make typing faster;
  • SensorCore – the new Nokias will have new internal sensors to track activities such as steps taken, running speed and life-logging capabilities.

The Nokia Lumia 630 will become available from May 2014 in Asia, India/Middle East, South America and Europe and the 635 later in the year. The Nokia Lumia 930 will become available from June 2014 – launching in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and India first. No details are available at this stage regarding South Africa. 

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