Microsoft Lumia 930 arrives in the UK on 17 July - Just don't call it a Nokia

The Microsoft Devices Lumia 930 will go on sale in the UK from 17 July and will be available on contracts from £33 per month.

It’s worth noting that the Nokia name is no longer used by Microsoft, having bought the Finnish company’s phone- and tablet-making division earlier this year.

The Lumia 930 is one of the first handsets to run Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and features a 5-inch display, aluminium chassis and plastic back available in bright green, bright orange.

From its launch until 31 July, Microsoft is including a wireless charger with every Lumia 930 it sells, along with a portable wireless speaker and a £20 app voucher to be used in the Windows Phone store. In all, the free bundle is worth £130.

The 4G-ready Lumia 930 has 32GB of internal storage - although sadly there is no microSD card slot to increase this - and every buyer gets 7GB of cloud storage through Microsoft OneDrive, plus a further 3GB to store images taken with the PureView rear camera.

Mobile Choice has spent some hands-on time with the Lumia 930 and our first impressions are very good. The Lumia series has offered a premium fit and finish for years now and the 930 is no exception, with its squared-off aluminium chassis giving off an air of strength and quality the moment you pick it up.

Looking almost identical to the US-only Lumia Icon, the 930 measures 137 x 71mm and has a thickness of 9.8mm. The phone weighs 167g, and while none of these statistics will cause the iPhone 5s to consider a crash diet, the Lumia manages to expertly tread the fine line between reassuringly weighty and feeling overly cumbersome.

Around the back there is a 20-megapixel PureView camera with high quality Zeiss optics. Inside there’s a 2.2GHz, quad-core processor by Qualcomm.

 

 

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