New versions of Lumia smartphones come with a gold finish, and will be available within weeks
Microsoft has pimped up its Lumia smartphone range with the release of special gold editions of the Nokia-branded Lumia 830 and 930.
The new iterations will come with a premium finish made of anodized gold, and will be available in either black or white editions.
The Lumia 830 Gold (pictured left) will launch in both black and white in February, with the Lumia 930 Gold (pictured below) will be available in black this week and in white towards the end of January
However the prices of both handsets, which will go on sale across selected countries Europe, Asia Pacific and China, and India, the Middle East and Africa, will depend on region and operator.
Originally launched at the IFA show last September, the Lumia 830 was touted by Microsoft as its affordable flagship device.
Running Windows Phone 8.1 (meaning features like Cortana, Skype and OneDrive are all present) and powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, the Lumia 830 boasts a 5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720p resolution and “2.25D” curved glass.
It also packs in a 10-megapixel PureView rear camera LTE, NFC, GPS, a 2,200mAh removable battery, Qi wireless charging, and 15GB of free One Drive cloud space.
The Lumia 930 first saw the light of day in April as the flagship offering in Microsoft’s launch of Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
Also coming with wireless charging, NFC and LTE support, the device is powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 2420mAh battery and 32GB of storage.
There is no MicroSD card slot however, although this omission is offset by the inclusion of 7GB of cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive, but it does pack in a 20 megapixel PureView camera equipped with Zeiss optics and an advanced rich recording feature.
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