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Microsoft unveils the Nokia Lumia 930, a 5-inch Windows Phone running 8.1

April 2, 2014

Today, during a keynote address at Microsoft's Build App developer conference, executive vice president of devices at Nokia Stephen Elop unveiled the new Nokia Lumia 930, a 5-inch Windows Phone 8.1 device that features a 20-megapixel camera and wireless charging. The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to launch sometime in June for a little under US $600. The new smartphone will be available in a wide array of bright colors including orange and green with metallic trimmings. It will include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and its powerful PureView camera has a number of photo editing features via an app called Creative Studio.

And no less than four microphones are built in for a more robust audio-recording experience. Additionally, Nokia added Living Images, which enables users to combine photos and short videos for a more creative cinematic image.

As for Windows Phone 8.1, the updated operating system will feature Cortana, a digital assistant not unlike Apple's Siri or Google Now.

Currently in its beta phase, Cortana is represented by a pair of moving circles and lives in the Windows live tile on the homescreen.

Powered by Bing, it can look up airline flights, sports scores, and even nutritional information. There's also an "Action Center," similar to the drop-down menus for Android and iOS, which allows users to quickly turn on and off settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as a Notifications menu.

The update also has bolstered security and privacy settings like email encryption; a refreshed Word Flow keyboard with slide-type capabilities; and Wi-Fi Sense, a service that suggests and connects to free surrounding networks.

Though the dev preview for Windows Phone 8.1 will roll out to developers this month, it will be available to consumers in the coming months only.

Existing Windows Phone users can receive an over-the-air update to 8.1 this summer. We'll keep you posted on this and other stories as they develop.