Microsoft today announced that three new Lumia devices: the Lumia 530, Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930, are now available in Uganda. All of the new arrivals are powered by Microsoft’s latest version of its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.1.
Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones are even more personal, with new features including Action Centre, which shows new activities and notifications at a glance; and Senses, a suite of features that takes the work out of managing data use, storage space and battery life. Windows Phone 8.1 also makes it easier for IT professionals to manage devices, and for professionals to connect to essential business apps and services.
These new elements integrate beautifully with Windows Phone signature features like Live Tiles, which have been improved to add the possibility of a third row of tiles, as well as transparency, giving even more personalization with unique backgrounds. Extensive on device search, a reworked calendar, improved People Hub with direct app integration and the new Word Flow keyboard make Windows Phone 8.1 an extensive update.
Locally available as a dual SIM 3G variant, the Lumia 530 will expand the reach of Windows Phone, allowing more people to enjoy innovations and Microsoft services found in high-end Lumia smartphones. These include:
- A powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor delivering a fast user experience forfavourite apps, gaming and internet browsing on the 4-inch display
- Seamless integration with Microsoft services such as Skype and Microsoft Office
- Popular social apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat
- asy switching between two SIM cards, helping people manage their data costs
- Voice-guided selfies with the 5MP rear camera
- More content and apps with 4GB of on-board memory, expandable via aSD cards up to 128GB
An additional 15GB of free cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive that lets people sync, store, access and share files between Lumia 530 and computers, laptops and tablets.
The first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone to hit the market is the Lumia 630. “We hit a sweet spot with the Lumia 520, and together with our partners ended up with a real hit. With the Lumia 630, we set a new standard for affordable smartphones. The device combines Windows Phone 8.1 with quad core processing and uncompromised cloud-connected experiences from Microsoft,” said Kingori Gitahi, Product Manager, Microsoft Mobile Devices.
With a vibrant design with changeable covers, the Lumia 630’s quad-core Snapdragon processor provides a faster social experience on leading social apps like WhatsApp and WeChat.Benefiting from high-end Lumia apps such as Nokia Camera, maps and navigation from HERE the device brings people a premium experience at an excellent price. The Lumia 630 also boasts a 4.5-inch Clear Black screen, which makes games, apps and entertainment look fantastic.
At the high-end, the Lumia 930 maintains a language of innovation while combining the very best of Microsoft and Lumia. A powerful 2.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM ensure the Lumia 930 delivers superb performance.
With a 20MP Pure View camera, ZEISS optics and optical image stabilization, the Lumia 930 also comes with unparalleled HD video and four high-performance microphones that enhance the clarity of your subjects and block out unwanted noise. Integrated Dolby Surround Sound also makes for a similarly rich audio experience when watching movies or listening to music. The five-inch, 1080p Full HD, Clear Black screen display provides a deeply detailed viewing experience and Nokia Rich Recording delivers a flawless video experience. LTE-ready and with a 2420 mAh battery, the Lumia 930 will efficiently keep going all day (and longer) while built-in wireless charging adds to the convenience.
All new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones come with the strong suite of fully integrated Microsoft services. These include full mobile version of Office, with favourites like Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive – which now offers 15GB of cloud storage completely free. Windows Phones are also the only smartphones with Xbox built-in, meaning your gaming experience travelling from phone, to PC, to Xbox.
Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to download to existing Windows Phone 8 devices.
Special launch offer
Customers can enjoy a one week (8th September – 12th September) offer of the three devices from Midcom stores along Kampala Road and Acacia Avenue for:
- Lumia 530 – UGX 350,000
- Lumia 630 – UGX 480,000
- Lumia 930 – UGX 1,800,000
After the offer, the devices will also be available from Simba Telecom, Daj Communications, Go Phones, Airtel stores, MTN stores, Midcom stores for:
- Lumia 530 – UGX 370,000
- Lumia 630 – UGX 520,000
- Lumia 930 – UGX 1,900,000