Nokia Lumia 930 (global Lumia Icon) to skip April 2 unveiling at Microsoft BUILD 2014?

By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 31, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

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The highly-anticipated global version of the Lumia Icon, expected to launch as the Lumia 930, may skip the Microsoft BUILD 2014 conference, despite previous claims.

Nokia has already announced that it will be holding a special Windows Phone event on April 2, the first day of Microsoft's BUILD 2014 developer conference. The Finnish company was widely expected to introduce its new Windows Phone 8.1-powered Lumia 930 and Lumia 630, but a new report now claims that the global version of the Lumia Icon may not make it to the show.

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According to a new report from Nokia Power User (NPU), only the mid-range Lumia 630 will make its debut on April 2 at Nokia's event, but not the Lumia 930. It's not all bad news, however, as it seems that even if the Lumia 930 may not debut at BUILD, it may still arrive sometime in April.

"We have received a tip from a trusted tipster that we will only see Lumia 630 at BUILD 2014," NPU reports. "The tip says, Nokia may also launch some new apps at BUILD, but if the tipster has to believed there will be no Lumia 930 at BUILD. Though, as some of our other sources have confirmed Lumia 630 and Lumia 930 are coming in April, but they mentioned nothing of BUILD, so this looks better."

The report further suggests that Nokia may launch some new applications at the event, likely to showcase the prowess of Windows Phone 8.1.

The Nokia Lumia 630 has leaked on several occasions so far, appearing in press renders, specs reports, and even a hands-on video showing the smartphone running the latest Windows Phone 8.1. Based on rumors so far, the Lumia 630 will sport a 4.5-inch WVGA display and pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Other rumored specs include a 5-megapixel rear camera with no flash, and the phone is also expected to launch in both single- and dual-SIM versions.

When it comes to the highly-anticipated Nokia Lumia 930, meanwhile, this handset is expected to launch as the global variant of the high-end Lumia Icon, which is currently available only in the U.S. as a Verizon Wireless exclusive. The Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon boasts a 5-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage capacity. Other specs and features include a powerful 20-megapixel rear camera with PureView technology, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 2,420 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to sport a slight redesign compared to the Lumia Icon, but it will likely boast an elegant metal body and keep the high-end specs and features that made the Icon so popular.

Keep in mind that this is just a rumor, which means that there's still a chance for the Nokia Lumia 930 to debut alongside the Lumia 630 at Microsoft's BUILD 2014 conference, rocking the latest Windows Phone 8.1.

 

 

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