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Microsoft's Lumia 930 hits Asia as launch rolls on

The new Windows Phone 8.1-powered smartphone is set to launch in Singapore on July 12, and is already available in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Microsoft's newest smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 930 , will hit stores in Singapore on July 12 for a contract-free price of S$789 ($631). The phone is already available in Malaysia for RM1,999 ($630), Thailand at THB19,890 ($617) and Vietnam for VND12,999,000 ($611). On the Nokia Conversations blog, Nokia stated that the phone will be available for $599 in the US, before taxes.

Announced back in April at Microsoft's Build 2014 event, the last of the Nokia-branded phones comes sporting a 5-inch OLED display with a full HD resolution (1,920x1,080-pixels). The phone sports a 20-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics and comes with the Nokia Camera software with apps such as Nokia Refocus, which allows users to change the focus of a picture.

Internally, the Lumia handset is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and has a 2,420mAh battery with wireless charging. It's also one of the few Lumia phones to have a SensorCore, a low power motion sensor for fitness tracking.

The Lumia 930 runs the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and interestingly, while the OS does have Cortana, a virtual voice assistant similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, it's not available for phones in Asia for now. Cortana will only be available in 2015 for those living in Asia.